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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 over 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
The students of Mafi Agorve, Ghana were previously taught in unfavorable learning conditions. Kindergarten students were learning in provisional classroom structures with thatched roofing and dirt floors, leaving the students exposed to the outside environment and its distractions. Additionally, the primary grade students attended class in an open pavilion with no formal windows or doors, and a dilapidated roof. These conditions were previously posing a hazard to student safety and wellbeing, as well as t0 engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Thanks to your support, PoP was able to partner with the Mafi Agorve community to complete construction on a new three-classroom school build, which over its lifetime will serve 875 students. The three-classrooms has replaced the provisional structure the kindergarten students were previously learning in. The formal classrooms will provide them with a safe and engaging environment for learning. In addition to the new kindergarten classrooms, repairs have been made and windows and doors have been fitted to the primary students’ classrooms. The build broke ground early May 2017 and was completed in October 2017. The community was committed to providing 20% of the labor and resources necessary to complete construction. The parents and teachers of Mafi Agorve are excited knowing their students now have access to a higher quality learning environment.