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 that almost a quarter need repairs (World Bank, 2014; USAID, 2009).
PoP works with 106 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 177,000 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 99 schools in the Volta region and will continue to scale our teacher training and use of educational technologies across PoP schools in the region.
Through Your Impact
Through your support, students of Have Glime have access to e-readers. Students benefit from the instruction of their teachers who receive professional development and training on best practices and innovative strategies to improve student engagement and success.
Overall, in the last academic year in Ghana, Primary 1 and Primary 2 students who attended a school that received PoP’s Teacher Support program were able to break down words into corresponding component sounds better than their peers, scoring 22% higher on phoneme examination. In grades Primary 3 and Primary 4, PoP students were able to read 10 more words per minute, on average, than their counterparts. Primary 5 and Primary 6 students have shown, through a six question evaluation, greater comprehension than their peers. (Pencils of Promise, 2016)
“I really like the e-readers! My English has improved and I enjoy reading at home now.”
— Gertrude Agbomadzi, Grade 4, age 11
“The e-reader has been an incredibly useful tool for my students. It is now easier to have reading time every day without worrying about students not having books. We use it for many reasons, but it’s been most helpful to use as a dictionary for vocabulary searches, and a backup for many of our school textbooks that are out of date. The students’ reading skills have improved, they are reading more now because the technology piques their interests causing them to read more outside of school. The e-reader program has been a blessing to Have Glime.”
— Mr. Albert Duy, Grade 6 Teacher