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 primary students of Korve were taught in a school with insufficient space to support each child’s potential. With only three classrooms, many students were forced to learn outside under thatched roofs or to double-up in existing classroom units. These conditions posed a threat to students’ safety and well-being, as well as to engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP has partnered with the Korve community to complete new classroom units. This school provides the appropriate amount of space for all students, with new furniture to support learning. We officially broke ground on the Korve Basic School in July 2018, and, with the community’s support, inaugurated the new school in March 2019 after months of tireless work. The community is so enthusiastic knowing that their students now have access to a higher-quality learning environment!