Our Work - Supporting Education, Equality & Development in Ghana

From establishing the Kyabobo Girls' School in Nkwanta to developing community facilities and oportunities

Our work at the Ghana Education Project

Our flagship project is the pioneering Kyabobo Girls' School in Nkwanta, where we welcomed our first intake in 2013 and now have over 350 pupils enrolled. By the end of 2018 the school will have expanded to offer a high quality education to 500 girls, working in partnership with the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The school is free to attend for all pupils, which is essential in a deprived area such as Nkwanta. Core teaching staff are supplied by GES, while we provide infrastructure, leadership and funds for all other running costs, including: 

  • School buildings and ongoing maintenance & repair
  • Text books, stationery, teaching aids & materials
  • ICT facilities
  • Maintenance of the grounds and sports areas
  • Employment of all ancillary staff (secretarial, security, cleaning, etc)
  • A wide range of extra-curricular activities

Over the past fifteen years, we have funded and managed a number of significant community building projects and educational initiatives

Since 1997 teams of pupils, from Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School (TWGGS), have been fundraising and travelling to Nkwanta, to help in the local community.  These visits were led by our founder Trustee, Gill Norris. This led to the inauguration of the charity known as TWGGS Ghana in 2000.

After seven years leading TWGGS school trips to Ghana, Gill Norris took early retirement from TWGGS and moved to live in Nkwanta full-time, to oversee and accelerate the work of the charity. The charity changed its name to Ghana Education Project (GEP). Initially GEP provided funding and resources to work with other NGOs and local agencies to improve educational practices in existing schools.

Based on the UK’s world-famous Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Nkwanta Award scheme was launched by GEP in 2005 to help 500 young people per year to develop their potential. In the same year, GEP funded and built a new Teachers' Resource Centre in Nkwanta (now incorporated into the school), to support and improve teacher training in the region.

Two years later, GEP completed its first major building project, the Kyabobo Sports & Community Centre. This large facility now hosts many key meetings and events throughout the year, as well as providing playing fields and sports activities for the local community. 

Identifying the need for affordable accommodation for visitors, GEP built a seven-room guesthouse adjacent to the community centre. Revenues from the Kyabobo Guesthouse help fund ongoing running costs for the community centre, while also providing local employment.

After five years of planning and fundraising, GEP completed and opened the ground-breaking Kyabobo Girls' School (KGS), with an initial intake of 90 girls into the Junior High School (JHS).

Kyabobo Girls' School increased enrollment each year, while GEP raised funds to build a dedicated Science & Technology Centre and additional teachers accommodation in preparation for opening its new Senior High School.

The first cohort of KGS pupils achieved excellent results in their Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECEs), which take place at the end of JHS. Kyabobo Girls' School opened its new Senior High School (SHS) to existing pupils and additional girls progressing to SHS from other JHS schools.

Following further fundraising, GEP has almost completed the construction of an additional school building comprising four classrooms and an office.

In 2019, our first intake of SHS pupils will graduate from Kyabobo Girls' School and either move on to further education or start their careers in the adult world, equipped with a high quality education. 

In this way we hope to have played a key role in inspiring girls to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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