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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.
Before a PoP School Build
Previously, students of Likpe Nkwanta were taught in a dilapidated wooden structure. The provisional structure lacked formal windows, doors and walls. Additionally, students’ desks and classroom furniture were in very poor condition. The classrooms had dirt floors, and the lack of formal doors and windows exposed students to distractions and conditions of the outside environment. Overall, 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 Likpe Nkwanta community to build a new six-classroom school. The Likpe Nkwanta build both broke ground and was completed in 2017, thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community. The community is enthusiastic knowing that their students now have access to a higher quality learning environment!