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 115 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 261,000 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 have also provided our teacher training and educational programming to several PoP schools in the region.
Before a PoP School Build
Previously, there was a limited number of formal classroom spaces for the kindergarten and primary students of Dodome Teleafenu. While the primary students attended class in cladded pavilions that served as classrooms, kindergarten students were left to learn in a nearby church. This lack of proper classroom space for the kindergarten students of Dodome Teleafenu hindered their academic growth and development.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP was able to partner with the Dodome Teleafenu community to complete work on a 2-classroom build. Your generosity provided the means for these kindergarten students to access formal classrooms and to experience a truly engaged learning environment. The build broke ground in the beginning of February and was completed in the latter half of June. The Dodome Teleafenu community remained dedicated and committed to the build effort from day one to the school’s recent inauguration. The community is enthusiastic knowing that now all of their students have the opportunity to learn in formal classrooms and to access overall a higher quality learning environment.