The Child Education Support Scheme (CESS) is one of the many projects the Christian Rural Aid Network delivers to the rural poor in Ghana. It is a child aid and development programme that provides access to quality basic education for needy children living in deprived rural communities in Ghana. Many of these children would never have had the chance to see the inside of a classroom. We want to help them realise their full potential. By this we play a part in reversing the high incidence of illiteracy which is endemic in the rural areas of Ghana. The scheme was initiated in 1994 with only four (4) children drawn from CRAN’s first adopted rural community – Abakam in the Central Region. Currently, the scheme could boast of supporting over two hundred of disadvantaged children in the Central, Western and Volta Regions of Ghana, from Kindergarten to Senior High School, with at least ten of such in the country’s tertiary institutions.
CRAN CESS is intended to:
- Minimize the number of brilliant children who drop out of school due to financial difficulties.
- Support needy but academically capable children through at least nine years of basic education.
- Lighten the financial burden on poor parents and guardians who struggle to keep their children in school.
- Give children the opportunity to build and secure their future through formal and vocational education.
- Needy children drawn from deprived villages and communities within which CRAN works.
- Orphaned children especially those orphaned through HIV/AIDS.
- Needy children under the care of single or incapacitated parents.
- Children of economically overburdened and distressed rural families especially large families in which children are not given adequate educational support.
- Street children: We aim to help stem the upsurge in the phenomenon of street children in our cities and large towns.
What is provided for the child?
- School fees
- School uniform
- Textbooks and stationary
- Daily school lunch subsidy
How CESS works
- Identification and selection of child
- The beneficiaries shall be identified and selected by the teachers of the schools where the children are schooling as needy but brilliant, serious in class and having the readiness to stay in school and to study.
- The Officer in charge of the CESS program shall examine the proofs given by either the teachers or the parents/guardians of the child to recommend that the child should be accepted for sponsorship.
- If the child is recommended by the CESS officer for sponsorship, the parents/guardians of the child shall be required to provide a detail profile of the child with two passport size photographs attached. In the case where the parents/guardians do not have the means to provide the passport size pictures, they will permit the officer in charge to take a picture of the child for the same purpose.
- A would-be beneficiary in school shall be eligible for selection before he/she reaches Junior High School (JHS) level.
- Any child, who has not gone through the identification and selection process as stated above, will not be considered eligible for sponsorship.