New murals promote safe schools in Ghana

Colourful new murals aimed at promoting safe schools have been unveiled at a series of early childhood education centres supported by Theirworld in rural Ghana.

The artwork focuses on raising awareness of discrimination, bullying and sexual violence, and are designed to create a positive learning environment for children with additional needs.

The murals, which were created by Ghanaian artist Julius Tetteh Nartey, were commissioned by Chance for Childhood as part of its Best Start Early project supported by Theirworld.

Richard Opoku, Senior Programmes Manager at Chance for Childhood, said:

“The murals are aimed at promoting inclusive education practices in the project schools where children with special needs will feel welcome and loved by their peers without disabilities.

“The colourful visuals and instructive messages on inclusive and safe school practices make it easier for both children and educators to understand and put the messages into practice.”

Many children in Ghana still do not have access to quality inclusive education. It is estimated that a quarter of kindergarten teachers have never received any formal training in early childhood education. As a result, after four years of compulsory education (two years of kindergarten and two years of primary) only 2% of pupils are attaining the desired standards for literacy. Vulnerable children, especially those with disabilities and from low-income families, face significant challenges accessing quality early childhood education.

As part of the Best Start Early project, Chance for Childhood – with Theirworld’s support – will train more than 50 early years teachers on how to incorporate play and inclusive learning into their classrooms to support children with disabilities and developmental delays.

They will also use a screening programme in 10 pilot early childhood education centres to identify and offer specialised activities for children with disabilities or additional needs.