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 107 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 190,000 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 98 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, Kindergarten students of Likpe Todome had no access to formal classrooms. Instead, they were taught in a dilapidated structure that was built in the 1950s by the community, and made of clay, bamboo and tin. The walls had large cracks and the door was made of wire, both of which left students exposed to the elements and outside distractions. The aged building showed severe signs of decay evidenced by mold marks on the wooden windows, posts and doors, and rust on the corrugated metal roof. The walls were in such disrepair that they were in danger of collapsing. These conditions posed a hazard to student safety and wellbeing as well as engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support PoP was able to partner with the Likpe Todome community to build a 2-classroom school. The Likpe Todome build allows for formal classrooms for all KG students. These classrooms now provide adequate shelter for the students and will include proper doors and windows, as well as classroom furniture, blackboards, ceiling fans and desks for the teachers. The community completed construction and inaugurated Likpe Todome MA Primary School in July 2017. The entire community is enthusiastic knowing that their students now have access to a higher quality learning environment.