While Ghana has experienced unprecedented growth and development over the past few years (IFAD report; African Development Bank), the country still faces many challenges, especially when it comes to access to education.
In Ghana, 17% 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, 2018). Additionally, over 14% of the Ghanaian population is illiterate (UNESCO, 2018).
PoP works with over 150 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 42,000 students in Ghana through School Builds, Teacher Support and WASH programming.
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 over 150 schools in the Volta Region and have also provided teacher training and educational programming to many PoP schools in the region.
Your Impact in Juapong
At PoP, we strive toward a world in which every child can experience and benefit from quality education. Previously, in Juapong, students were learning in thatched roof buildings, where they were exposed to extreme wind, heat and rain.
We believe that a quality learning environment is critical to increasing student attendance, engagement and overall literacy outcome. Previously, the community didn’t have any structures exclusively dedicated to education. The younger four grades learned in an old mosque while the older four grades learned in a communal pavilion. Both places were far too small for the number of students, therefore causing these spaces to be severely overcrowded and unable to serve all school-age children. These conditions posed a hazard to student safety and well-being, as well as to engagement and learning.
PoP is partnering with the Juapong community to build a new three-unit classroom block! The community is devoted to providing a valuable education to its students, and contributed 20 percent of the resources and labor required for construction.
We establish partnerships with communities who are deeply committed to their children’s education. The support of the Juapong community ensures the sustainability of the school that it will remain a quality learning environment for generations to come. We are excited to celebrate the extraordinary learning that will take place there!
Thank you to all that contributed to make this school possible!
Wan Yee Chee
Lily May Mac
T. Clark Munnell, Jr.
Guy & Andrea Sullivan