You’re Making a Difference in Mafi Atitekpo, Ghana
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 142 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 35,000 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.
To date, we’ve built 130 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, the students in Mafi Atitekpo were learning in a cement structure with block windows. The large number of students led to overcrowding, with some students forced to learn under a tree outside of the school. 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 Mafi Atitekpo community to build a four-classroom school. The Mafi Atitekpo Primary School build broke ground in December 2017. Thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community, who contributed to the labor and materials required for construction, the school was officially inaugurated in July 2018. Repairs were also made to the existing classroom block to improve ventilation. The school was inaugurated shortly thereafter, and the entire community is enthusiastic and grateful knowing that their children will soon have access to a quality learning environment!