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 382,000 students, teachers and community members 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.
Biking Borders’ Impact in Hohoe
At PoP, we strive toward a world in which every child can experience and benefit from quality education. Students currently enrolled in Hohoe E.P. Primary A1A2 are learning in temporary structures near a major road. They are not only exposed to extreme wind, heat and rain, but are also put at risk due to their proximity to the road.
We believe that a quality learning environment is critical to increasing student attendance, engagement and overall literacy outcomes.
In the current structure, 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.
In the coming months, PoP will be partnering with the Hohoe community to build a new four-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 April 2021 and aim to complete the structure in September 2021.
We establish partnerships with communities who are deeply committed to their children’s education. The support of the Hohoe 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!