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Ministry of Education: Community of Excellence Programme- A Policy to Admire

Education is the cornerstone of development. It empowers individuals and societies to thrive. It is with this understanding that the Ministry of Education has unveiled an innovative initiative known as the Community of Excellence Programme (CEP).

The Programme is a brainchild of the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum. It aims to improve foundational literacy, increase community and parental engagement, and ensure effective curriculum delivery.

The CEP focuses on three main areas: Culture, Skills, and Collaboration. Culture involves creating a learning-centred environment where everyone understands the importance of improving learning, their roles in achieving this goal, and receives clear priorities and resources. Skills refer to the knowledge and capabilities of teachers, headteachers, and School Improvement Support Officers (SISOs) to effectively teach the curriculum and meet the learning needs of students. Collaboration aims to strengthen connections between stakeholders, enhance community and parental involvement, and specifically focus on literacy and social-emotional skills. The ultimate goal is to ensure sustainable development in Ghana by addressing these issues at a community level.

The Insights

The Community of Excellence Programme is to create an environment conducive for academic excellence by fostering collaboration among stakeholders in education. It recognizes that quality education is not solely the responsibility of schools or teachers, but rather a collective effort involving parents, communities, and other relevant organizations. As such, this programme seeks to establish a collaborative network, uniting all stakeholders to work towards a common goal. Which is improving the learning outcomes of all students.

 Key Pillars of CEP

  • Parent and Community Engagement: The CEP programme emphasizes the active participation of parents in their children’s education, encourages regular communication between schools and families. By nurturing this partnership, the Community of Excellence Programme aims to create a supportive environment that motivates students and promotes their overall well-being.
  • Professional Development: Recognizing that teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the future of learners, the program emphasizes the need for continuous professional development. By providing teachers with relevant training and resources. The programme aims to enhance teacher pedagogical skills, thereby enriching the educational experience for students. Through this pillar, the programme seeks to ensure that teachers are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to deliver quality education.
  • Infrastructure Development: More so, the CEP targets to improve infrastructure in schools across the country. This includes the construction and renovation of classrooms blocks, washrooms, library facilities, provision of learning materials, and access to technology. By investing in infrastructure, the programme will create an enabling environment that facilitates quality education and enhances the academic performance of learners.
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning Approaches: Better still, in meeting the evolving needs of students and prepare them for the challenges of the future, the Community of Excellence Programme encourages the adoption of innovative teaching and learning approaches. This includes incorporating technology in classrooms, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and fostering creativity. By embracing these modern pedagogical practices, the programme aims to equip students with the skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

Calling on Donor Agencies

While the Ghanaian government has shown its commitment to improving education through the Community of Excellence Programme, the support of donor agencies is critical to its success. By partnering with the Ministry of Education, donor agencies can help bridge the funding gap and provide the necessary resources to fully implement the programme. This assistance can be in a form of:

  • Financial Support: Donor agencies can provide financial assistance to enable the Ministry of Education to implement the Community of Excellence Programme effectively. This support can be directed towards infrastructure development, teacher training, and the provision of learning materials.
  • Technical Expertise: Donor agencies can share their expertise in education and provide technical assistance to enhance the program’s implementation. This can include knowledge-sharing workshops, capacity-building programmes, and best practice exchanges.
  • Collaboration and Networking: Donor agencies can facilitate partnerships between Ghanaian educational institutions and their counterparts in other countries. This collaboration can foster knowledge exchange, promote cultural diversity, and provide unique learning opportunities for students and teachers alike.


The Community of Excellence Programme presents a promising opportunity to enhance the academic performance of learners in Ghana. By fostering collaboration among stakeholders, investing in infrastructure, promoting innovative teaching and learning approaches, and engaging parents and communities. The programme has the potential to transform education across the breath and length of the country. However, the success of this initiative heavily relies on the support of donor agencies. By fully supporting the programme, donor agencies can contribute to the realization of quality education we intend providing for the populace.


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