You Are 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 122 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 24,000 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 students of Adedome D/A Preschool and Primary School were taught in a structure that was structurally unsafe as a learning environment. There was a six unit classroom that had the roof missing, causing not only unsafe conditions, but a huge distraction for students trying to learn. The Adedome community had started construction of a new Kindergarten classroom, but it was not ever completed. Students were lacking the basic necessities that a school can provide in order to encourage learning and growth.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support PoP was able to partner with the Adedome community to begin building a six-classroom school. The Adedome D/A Preschool and Primary School build broke ground in February of 2015 and progressed well, thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community, which is contributing to the labor and materials required for construction. The beautiful new school was completed in October of 2015. The community is enthusiastic knowing that their students now have access to a higher quality learning environment!