By 2016, more than


will be trained in effective teaching strategies.

By 2016, more than


will be distributed to CODE program schools.

By 2016

lead trainers

will be certified to train teachers in reading and writing instruction.

Located in West Africa, Ghana is an English-speaking country on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Successes in Ghana’s education sector include seeing the literacy rate rise by 20% in the past decade (UNESCO 2014).

However, in rural and northern regions of the country, enrolment rates are low and drop-out rates are high. There is also a low level of commitment from teachers due to low pay and poor teaching conditions, especially in rural and public schools, where there are fewer resources (Government of Ghana 2003).

Reading Ghana logoABOUT Reading Ghana

Together with our partner the Ghana Book Trust (GBT), CODE is implementing Reading Ghana some of the neediest areas of Ghana. The Ashanti region has been chosen as a result of the needs assessment which revealed poor examination results, inadequate supply of supplementary reading materials, and inadequate number of trained teachers.

The program aims are twofold:

  • to increase educators' ability to apply reading promotion and instruction strategies in their classrooms; and
  • to increase access to culturally relevant and engaging reading materials for children in primary schools.


Country Stats

Capital: Accra

Population: 25.905 million

Area: 238,000 km2

GDP (per capita): $108.5 billion

Languages: The official language in Ghana is English, yet many other local languages are spoken, including Asante, Ewe, Fante, Boron, Dagomba, Dangme, Dagarte,, Kokomba, Akyem, and Ga.

Literacy Rate: 90.6%

Literacy Rate for Women: 89.9%

Literacy Rate for Men: 91.3%

Out-of-school Rate: 8.1% of school-aged children do not attend school

Where We Work: the Ashanti Region, located in south Ghana.

Did you know?

Up to 75% of teachers working in the region have received little or no formal training.

Recent News and Stories

Kinyanjui Kombani “the banker who writes” wins the 2018 CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult LiteratureAug 31, 2018Accra, Ghana and Ottawa, Canada, August 31, 2018 – CODE and the Ghana Book Trust proudly announce the winner, the honour book, and the finalists of the 2018 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for full article...
Meet CODE Volunteer and Popular Métis Writer, Jacqueline GuestApr 16, 2018CODE is honoured and grateful to be able to call popular Métis writer, Jacqueline Guest one of our long-time expert full article...
Do you value the small things in life?Feb 07, 2018It was then that I really appreciated how something as simple as a pencil has the power to change a child’s day, and ultimately their future. full article...
The Legacy of a Visionary PhilanthropistJan 31, 2018On October 16, 2017, CODE lost a dear friend. Mr. William (Bill) Burt, the visionary behind the literary award, which bears his name, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. full article...


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