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 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
Currently, the students of Yeniama are split between a mud structure with no windows and a cladded pavilion in need of significant repairs. These conditions not only pose a hazard to students’ safety and well-being, they hinder engagement and learning.
Your Impact with a New PoP School
Through your support, PoP will partner with the Yeniama community to begin building a two-classroom block. This updated school will provide the appropriate amount of space for all students and a sound structure in which students can thrive. In addition to the new classrooms, we will also complete repairs and provide desks, tables and chairs. We’re expecting to break ground in late 2018 and, after months of tireless work, will mount a plaque at the new school. The community is enthusiastic knowing that their students will soon have access to a higher quality learning environment.