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

Chatting with Reading Ghana Teacher Training ParticipantsNov 27, 2017Here I am in Kumasi Ghana with a dozen primary and middle school teachers and their trainers. We are here as part of Reading Ghana, an Asanko Gold and CODE co-funded project implemented by CODE together with the Ghana Book Trust in support of literacy full article...
CODE Announces the Winner of the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature All-StarsSep 29, 2017CODE is proud to announce the winner, the honour book, and the finalists for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars. The National Book Development Council of Kenya in partnership with CODE hosted a fun-filled award ceremony full article...
Announcing the 2017 All-Stars ShortlistSep 08, 2017CODE is delighted to announce its Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature shortlist. This first regional competition is dubbed the All-Stars edition because all of the first prize winners of CODE’s Burt Award in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and full article...
Seeing Is Believing Ghana – 2017 EditionApr 19, 2017On February 15, CODE welcomed twelve of its thoughtful donors to Ghana to spend ten days touring the country and provide participants the opportunity to witness the impact of their support first hand by visiting program schools as well as spend time full article...


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