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 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.
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, primary school students of Peki Dzogbati were being taught in a poor quality pavilion made up of zinc, blocks and wood. This pavilion, built by the community in order to provide a space for learning, was not conducive to student productivity. There were three different classrooms housed in an incomplete structure with no doors or windows, which was also built and provided by the community.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP was able to partner with the Peki Dzogbati community to build an 11-classroom school. The school also has an office, a staff room, a store and a library. This school will serve the pre, primary and junior high school students. The Peki Dzogbati build broke ground in November 2016 and was completed in August 2017, thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community, which contributed to the labor and materials required for construction. The community is enthusiastic knowing that their students will now have access to a higher quality learning environment.