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 109 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 229,995 lives 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 98 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 Agorhome were taught in PoP built classrooms, but the P1-P6 students were learning in a dilapidated and dangerous six-unit structure. These open-air conditions posed a hazard to student safety and wellbeing, as well as to engagement and learning. Additionally, the holes in the roof and the walls allowed water in when it rained. You recognized that this setup was not conducive to quality education for the children of Agorhome and responded to their need for a safe and dedicated learning space.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP was able to partner with the Agorhome community to complete construction on a new 6-classroom school. The community was dedicated and remained very involved through the duration of the build. They contributed 20% of the labor and materials required for construction. The parents and teachers are enthusiastic knowing that their students now have access to a higher quality learning environment. Your support made this school build possible and helped to create a safe and strong structural foundation that will foster an environment of educational growth and promise for the students of Agorhome.