You’re Making a Difference Here
Ghana was, until very recently, one of the poorest countries in the world. Over the past few years, the nation has experienced unprecedented growth and development (IFAD report; African Development Bank). Although the lives of Ghanaians have improved greatly, the country still faces many challenges, especially in the education sector.
In Ghana, 18% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school and of those who are in school, 28% will drop out before completing primary school (UNESCO, 2012). Additionally, over 28% of the Ghanaian population is illiterate and out of all the current primary school classrooms, the government estimates that almost a quarter need repairs (World Bank, 2014; USAID, 2009).
PoP works with 139 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 32,000 students in Ghana.
The Volta Region is located in southeastern Ghana, to the west of the Republic of Togo and just east of Lake Volta. In many of our partner communities in the region, PoP couples school builds with literacy programming in order to create sustainable change.
To date, we’ve built 125 schools in the Volta Region and have also provided our teacher training and educational programming to many PoP schools in the region.
Before a PoP School Build
Previously, the majority of the primary students of the Abutia Hlove Primary School were learning inside a three-unit pavilion that was built over 20 years ago. This pavilion was made of pillars that had exposed iron rods, and no formal doors or windows. The rest of the students were using the shade of a mango tree as their school. These conditions posed a hazard to student safety and wellbeing, as well as to engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP has partnered with the Abutia Hlove community to build a three-classroom school. This new three-unit structure will provide a safe and quality learning environment for the kindergarten and first grade students. The Abutia Hlove Primary School progressed well, thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community, which contributed to the labor and materials required for construction. The new school was officially completed in July 2018, with an inauguration ceremony shortly thereafter. The community is excited knowing that their students now have access to a higher quality learning environment!