Entrepreneurs for Education in Ghana

Entrepreneurs for Education in Ghana

About This Campaign

The Beginning of a Rural Education Program In 2008, I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana on a year abroad program with my university as part of an international development undergrad program. The life-changing experience I had and the realities I witnessed has had me returning to the country every year since. During that year abroad, it was my desire to understand and learn more about rural development issues so it was in a small, isolated rural farming village of Toh-Kpalime that I made my home for four months. I sought to learn the local Ewe language and culture and I had many teachers during my time there. I looked for ways to give back to the people who accepted me into their community and home, allowing me to observe and learn more about life in the village. I found a way to give back by teaching in a small under-the-trees primary school behind the headmistress's small one-bedroom house. I was shocked with the scarcity of educational materials that were available in the village, especially in contrast with the children's willingness and motivation to learn. This school was barely able to operate on the sole support of about 25 families. In a farming community, textbooks and other educational supplies are unaffordable to most, and so the children's ability to learn was constrained due to a lack of materials and qualified teachers. Four months spent teaching and being inspired by the kids in my grade 3/4 class made a deep impression on my heart. When I left the country, I realized that anything I could do would go a long way in the lives of these school children. An Education & Microfinance Program to Empower Youth and Local Entrepreneurs The situation of rural poverty and lack of government support has motivated me to look for ways to help. The poor education standards especially in rural areas has motivated me to start an education and microfinance program in the village with the goal of empowering local youth through the provision of a quality primary education. The microfinance program is exclusively for the parents of the school children so that they can expand their existing businesses and increase their income, raise their living standards and better fund their children's primary education. I’ve been raising funds and collecting school material in my local community in Ontario, Canada. With these funds, a new school building has been constructed with 8 classrooms. When completed, there will be a playground, school garden, rainwater harvesting and community library. With more than 130 students now, there is mounting pressure to complete the unfinished structure. Still, funds are being collected to finish the building’s construction. In 2015, solar panels will be installed, providing the school with access to electricity for the first time, with classroom lights, fans and other teaching resources like projectors, stereos and computers. What keeps bringing me back to Ghana are the life-changing experiences, lessons learned and relationships built along the way. I have been returning to Ghana every year, after developing a partnership with the community and I will continue working with them to empower the local youth through provision of a quality education. This project, from its meager beginnings has evolved into a school-building project which aims to incorporate environmental initiatives into every phase of building. Strengthening local capacity for environmental sustainability and innovation is a key feature of this program. CURRENT & FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS School Garden & Lunch Program -Grow nutritious produce to improve capacity to learn as well as physical health and well-being of students -Support feeding program with poultry and eggs from chicken farm to supplement garden produce -Teach organic agriculture techniques to students -Coming in 2014 Rainwater Harvesting -Collect and store rainwater from rooftop in two polytanks and one large underground cistern equipped with drinking filters -With no access to running water, collecting and storing rainwater reduces time and work required to transport water to the school -Current initiative to be expanded School & Community Library -Since 2009, a school library has been stocked with donated educational materials including textbooks, teaching manuals, novels and a variety of other learning resources -Construction of a library to be made available to the entire community as a learning center, and a venue for meetings and social events -Current initiative to be expanded Green-Port Microfinance Program for Parents -25 families, each with children in the school, received small loans with a 3-year repayment term with more eager applicants ready to receive loans -Microloans to be applied to expand existing agri-businesses or diversify income sources -Current initiatives include hot pepper farming, beekeeping, pig husbandry, water selling, prepared food service and provision store -Improvements to standard of living are evident for families involved; children are now able to bring food to school or purchase food at mealtime -All beneficiaries have paid their children’s school fees in full (previous and current) -Current initiative to be expanded Energy for Education - Solar Energy Project -A partnership with World Energy Project (WEP), a non-profit organization in New Hampshire, USA, to provide a solar panel design and installation for the school in 2015 -Will build local capacity for energy-efficient innovation strategies for sustainability -Solar panels will provide secure access to electricity including lights, fans and electronics to extend and improve classroom learning -Wi-Fi capabilities of solar panel system will support access to internet-based learning
Devxchange International

Campaign to Support Devxchange International

Devxchange is an International charity working in areas of health, income generation, water, and agro-forestry. It is member driven so members decide on projects and manage them. We believe in "Changing our world by helping people help people".

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