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 107 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 178,000 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 will continue to scale our teacher training and educational programming across PoP schools in the region.
Before a PoP School Build
Previously, all students of Ave Adzigo were attending classes in provisional structures. Kindergarten classes were combined and took place under a large tree. Primary grade classes were all also combined, leading to severe overcrowding, and those students took classes either outside under the shade of a tree or in the one existing school structure made of metal and tin. These learning environments all posed problems, including distractions leading to a lack of engagement and stresses on the teachers who had to simultaneously teach multiple grades.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Thanks to your support, PoP was able to partner with the Ave Adzigo community to break ground on a 3-classroom school. The community was very engaged in the project from the beginning, contributing to the construction of the school and providing support throughout the entire build process. The new school has separate, dedicated classrooms for each pre-primary and primary grade, which will decrease the congestion in classrooms and allow teachers to focus on individual grade levels. The new learning environment will enable students to have an opportunity to grow academically and reach their full promise and potential.