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 122 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 24,000 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 125 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 Kpando Torkor were being taught in a school with unfinished classrooms. In addition to the rooms all being unfinished, there was severe overcrowding with insufficient space. The first and second grade students were learning in one small classroom. These conditions posed a hazard to student safety and wellbeing, as well as to engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP was able to partner with the Kpando Torkor community to build a new three-classroom school. This school will provide the appropriate amount of space for all students. In addition to the new classrooms, we’ve built new walls, windows and doors for the rest of the school. Thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community, the Kpando Torkor EP Basic School build was officially completed in October 2018! The community is so enthusiastic knowing that their students now have access to a high-quality learning environment.