Location of Impact
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 161 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 217,000 lives in Ghana.
The Volta region is located in southeast 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 161 schools in the Volta region and will continue to scale our teacher training and use of educational technologies across PoP schools in the region.
In the last academic year in Ghana, Primary 1 and Primary 2 students who attended a school that received PoP’s Teacher Support program were able to break down words into corresponding component sounds better than their peers, scoring 22% higher on phoneme examination. In grades Primary 3 and Primary 4, PoP students were able to read 10 more words per minute, on average, than their counterparts. Primary 5 and Primary 6 students have shown, through a six question evaluation, greater comprehension than peer students. (Pencils of Promise, 2016)