The Advocacy for Increased Community Participation in Quality Basic Education-AICQUBE project is a component of the A.R.E -EFA program intervention. The project has been running since 2005 in the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District of the Central Region. AICQUBE combines advocacy and service delivery to curb child labour in cocoa growing communities, promote transparency and accountability in school governance and promote full access to quality basic education.
The first three years f the project was funded by the Commonwealth Education Fund (U.K), a consortium Comprising DfID, ActionAid (UK), Oxfam (GB), Save the Child (U.K) and Cadburys Sweppes (U.K)., after which the District Assembly in partnership with A.R.E has sustained funding till date. AICQUBE has empowered School Management Committees to track the utilization of the Capitation Grant and take part in the preparation education budgets at the local and community level.
A major success of the project is the Rural Education Volunteers component, which recruited 36 secondary school leavers from 16 deprived communities, trained them and placed them in their own communities to assist in teaching, since there were no teachers. The first batch of about 24 teachers recruited in 2005, under AICQUBE 1, are expected to graduate as trained teachers under a sandwich program (Untrained Teacher Training Diploma in Basic Education-UTTDBE) in September 2010. This program has been supported by A.R.E and the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District Assembly. The project is currently being replicated in remote parts of the country, where teachers refuse postings