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 139 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 primary students of Keklebesi were being taught in a cladded pavilion, with preprimary grades in a thatched tent built by the community. Due to the unfinished nature of the school structure, students were frequently interrupted by weather. These conditions clearly posed a hazard to student safety and well-being, as well as to engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP is partnering with the Keklebesi community and has officially completed a new three-unit classroom school! The completed school provides the appropriate amount of space for all students, as well as formal walls, windows and doors. The community is so enthusiastic knowing that their students now have access to a higher-quality learning environment.