The School for Life programme since its inception in 1995, has implemented several projects with sponsorship from a number of partners. From 1995 to 2010, School for Life operated a functional literacy programme for out of school children and this was operated as a single project sponsored by DANIDA. Between 2000 and 2014, several other partners joined the list of partners and sponsored various projects.

Besides donors who have supported projects managed by School for Life, other local civil society organizations partnered School for Life in implementing some projects. The list of partners include:

The Ghana Venskabsgrupperne (GV) known as the Ghana Friendship Groups in Denmark, is an independent non-political and non-governmental organization whose purpose is to develop friendship and cooperation between friendship groups in Denmark and Northern Ghana. GV is the first School for Life partner and has been the major donor. Through DANIDA, GV has single handedly funded functional literacy programme since 1994/95 in service delivery up to 2003. This provided nine (9) months literacy in mother tongue to out-of-school children between the ages of eight (8) and fourteen (14). Additional support such as educational infrastructure like classroom blocks, teachers' quaters and classroom furniture were provide to schools in the programme area. From 2003, new focus areas such as Mainstreaming; Replication and Advocacy were added to service delivery.

To visit GV's official website, click here; The Ghana Venskabsgrupperne

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) came on board to sponsor School for Life activities from 2004 to 2008 through the Education Development Center (EDC), to replicate the functional litercacy programme in nine districts in the three northern regions. This was carried out in a project known as Education Quality for All (EQUALL).

Department for International Development (DFID)

The department for International Development (DFID) joined the list of School for Life's partners in 2008 when the EQUALL project came to an end. At the end of the project in 2008, the project had served only one literacy cycle in three districts, Jirapa, Nadowli and Bawku West. Technically, School for Life does not encourage providing only one cycle of functional literacy in a district as it does not contribute significantly to reducing the out-of-school children situation. School for Life therefore exploired the possibiliy of getting funding to continue in the three districts. Fortunately, DFID which had been following School for Life's performance with keen interest stepped in to provide funds to continue the programme in the three districts including Central Gonja district for three years (2008 to 2012). The project was known as Literacy for Life Change Project (LLCP). DFID has supported School for Life to implement complementary basic education since then. From 2013 to 2015, DFID is supporting the Government of Ghana (GoG) to implement the Complementary Basic Education Policy in four regions, with School for Life providing technical support for the inception phase and also doing direct implementation in nine districts (eight districts in the Northern Region and one in the upper West Region).

 The United Nations Children's Fund

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has over the past three years funded the implementation of complementary  basic education (CBE) in Savelugu/Nanton district. UNICEF also funded School for Life's technical team to support Afram Plains Development Organization and Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrim (KEEA) districts to implement complementary basic education in Kwahu North and South districts and KEEA district.


Tzedek became part of the list of School for Life partners in 2012 and supported School for Life to pilot the activities of the Education Quality Initiative Project (EQUIP) in Saboba and Chereponi Districts in the Northern Region of Ghana. In scaling up the activities of the Project, Tzedek in 2013 joined hands with Comic Relief to co-fund the Project.  The main aim of the project is to contribute significantly to improving quality education in Ghana through collaboration with key stakeholders in Education. Most importantly, the Project aims at equipping teachers in very deprived schools with the requisite pedagogical skills to enable them support pupils to achieve the required learning outcomes. The Project is currently found in four districts (Saboba, Chereponi, Savelugu/Nanton and Kumbungu) in the Northern Region of Ghana.

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