You’re Making a Difference Here
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 139 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 32,000 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 125 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, students of Pampawìe Amanta attended class in makeshift classrooms that were particularly unsafe during the rainy season. There were four classes of kindergarten students learning in a dilapidated room with leaking roofs, while two classes of fourth graders learned in a pavilion with no formal doors or windows. These conditions clearly 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 has partnered with the Pampawìe Amanta community to complete two new three-unit classroom blocks. These classrooms not only provide the necessary space for a quality learning environment, they also protect students and supplies from the challenges of the rainy season. The Pampawìe Primary School progressed well, thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community, who contributed to the labor and materials required for construction. The community is enthusiastic knowing that their students now have access to a higher-quality learning environment!