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 170 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 378,000 students and teachers 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 170 schools in the Volta Region and have also provided teacher training and educational programming to many PoP schools in the region.
Stephen’s Impact in Agortive
At PoP, we strive toward a world in which every child can experience and benefit from quality education. Students currently enrolled at the Agortive DA Primary School are learning under wooden structures with zinc roofing; there are no doors or windows and the floors are made of dirt. Students are easily distracted and are exposed to the elements. These conditions clearly pose a hazard to student safety and well-being, as well as to engagement and learning.
We believe that a quality learning environment is critical to increasing student attendance, engagement and overall literacy outcomes.
In the coming months, PoP will be partnering with the Agortive community to build a new three-unit classroom block! The community is devoted to providing a valuable education to its students, and will contribute 20 percent of the resources and labor required for construction. We broke ground in March of 2021, and expect to complete construction in August of 2021.
We establish partnerships with communities who are deeply committed to their children’s education. The support of the Agortive community ensures the sustainability of the school that it will remain a quality learning environment for generations to come.
Upon completion, we will come together to inaugurate the new school and celebrate the extraordinary learning that will take place there!