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 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 primary students of the Surveyline community did not have any classrooms to learn in. Due to this, the students were attending class in unsheltered areas leaving them exposed to outside elements. These conditions were not only posing a hazard to student safety and wellbeing, they were also hindering student engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP was able to partner with the Surveyline community to complete construction on a three-classroom school. The Surveyline Preschool and Primary School progressed well, thanks in large part to the involvement and dedication of the community, which contributed to the labor and materials required for construction. We completed construction in June of 2018, with an inauguration shortly thereafter. The community is so enthusiastic knowing that students now have access to a higher quality learning environment!