Location of Impact
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 almost a quarter need repairs (World Bank, 2014; USAID 2009).
PoP works with over 100 communities in Ghana to ensure our students overcome these, and other, barriers to accessing a quality education.
The Volta region is located in southeast 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 in-classroom programming in order to create sustainable change.
To date, we’ve built 161 schools in the Volta region and will continue to scale our teacher training workshops and use of educational technologies across PoP schools in the region.
Primary school students of Agudzi in the Volta Region of Ghana did not have access to formal classrooms. Instead, they were taught in a provisional structure made of bamboo and a metal roof. The open-air layout exposed students to dust, dirt, other debris and distractions from the surrounding environment. This made concentrating difficult. Inside, the students were crowded together, creating an overly loud and congested space. With your support, PoP was able to partner with the community to build a new three-classroom school.
Students now have access to a permanent space dedicated to their learning needs. They have formal doors, desks, blackboard, benches, chairs and fans. Classrooms are no longer congested, providing enough room for mobility and ventilation. Overall student engagement will benefit from these drastic improvements.