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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 190,000 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.
Before a PoP School Build
Previously, primary school students of Dodi Mempeasem were taught in a dilapidated structure that was built in the 1950s. The aged building showed severe signs of decay evidenced by cracks on its walls, mold marks on the wooden windows, posts and doors, and rust on the corrugated metal roof. The walls were in such disrepair that they were in danger of collapsing. These conditions posed a hazard to student safety and wellbeing, as well as engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP was able to partner with the Dodi Mempeasem community to build a 6-classroom school. The Dodi Mempeasem build broke ground in the beginning of September and progressed well, thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community, which contributed some of the labor and materials required for construction. We completed construction in May of 2017, and inaugurated the school shortly thereafter. The community is so enthusiastic knowing that their students will now have access to a higher quality learning environment.