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 142 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 35,000 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 130 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 kindergarten students of Abutia Togbave did not have access to formal classrooms. All grades attended class in overcrowded rooms — many of which lacked formal walls — which caused distractions for all. These conditions posed a significant hazard to student safety and well-being, as well as to engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP and the Abutia Togbave community have officially completed a new three-classroom school. This school is providing students with a safe and sturdy infrastructure that is conducive to learning. The community remained involved and dedicated to the build process, contributing up to 20% of the labor and materials needed for construction. Students are so excited to now have access to a higher-quality learning environment that supports each child’s potential!