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 142 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 35,000 students 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 130 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 Kpando Bame Primary School was at risk of collapsing. Due to the school’s structural flaws, the grade four and five classrooms had deep cracks that forced students to learn outside under the shade of a tree. These conditions posed a significant risk to student safety and wellbeing, as well as to engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support and the dedication of the Kpando Bame community, PoP was able to complete a build on a six-classroom school. This new structure will provide students with the adequate amount of space to learn and thrive. The Kpando Bame Primary School was officially completed in July 2018, following months of hard work. The students are so excited for their new school which will allow them to reach their full potential and promise!