Education decentralization in Ghana

The Ghana Education Decentralization Project ended in 2012.

Currently the education system in Ghana only allows municipal or “local” education groups to carry out administration duties while the important decision-making  about curriculum, teachers and funding is made at the headquarters in Accra. This system has led to challenges in the management of finance and human resources, which ultimately affects the quality of education offered to students.

What We're Doing: 

WUSC, along with the Government of Ghana and other education stakeholders, will increase quality and access to education by:

  • Creating a better, more cohesive structure for assigning responsibility at all levels (national, regional, district, community) of the education system
  • Improving gender sensitivity of  government and education stakeholders to increase enrollment and completion of primary school for girls and boys
  • Aiding teachers by improving information sharing and administrative efficiency which will reduce delays in payment of teacher salaries,  teacher assessments, promotions and study leave applications
  • Assembling an all-Ghanaian team of education specialists and experts, who will be supported by Canadian volunteers for technical assistance
What We're Learning: 

Given the number of diverse education stakeholders involved with the decentralization process, securing ongoing stakeholder commitment to the institutional changes facilitated by the project's activities is a key priority and critical to the overall success of decentralized education management. Consequently, WUSC employs a participatory approach throughout project implementation that emphasizes gender mainstreaming, needs analysis and capacity building. WUSC also works in close collaboration with government actors at the national and district levels, regional coordinating councils and district assemblies, civil society organizations in the education sector and other partners and stakeholders to achieve project results.

WUSC ensures current research informs project activities and planning, including understanding legal, social and technical challenges facing education decentralization.  Such information is widely distributed and discussed during national and regional meetings, focus groups and workshops.  These activities promote dialogue, understanding and consensus building across diverse stakeholders who are leading the way towards local ownership and strong decentralized education management.

The project's activities are also well aligned with ongoing decentralization and governance reform initiatives of the Government of Ghana to achieve coherence and coordination.


WUSC has been working in the education sector in Ghana since 1997. Currently, WUSC manages a number of initiatives in Ghana under Uniterra, which supports the education sector through volunteer cooperation and capacity building towards the achievement of the Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals in Ghana. This new project will also build on WUSC’s successful Girl Child Education Project in Ghana that ran from 1997-2002.





Government of Ghana


The Ghana Education Decentralization Project is owned by the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service. GEDP is made possible by the generous support of the American People.

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