"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela.

 In Nkwanta the Ghana Education Project is trying to live up to Mandela's  ideal.   The charity aims to help the whole community to a strong, healthy and economically viable future through education and training.   We work closely with other charities, NGOs and the local regional government to ensure that all our efforts not only achieve the maximum positive effect but are also sustainable.

The School for Girls

Our most ambitious capital project is the Girls' School, which seeks to address the inequalities in education for women in the Nkwanta region. 

In its Platform for Action document the United Nations said:  Literacy of women is an important key to improving health, nutrition and education in the family. Investing in formal and non-formal education and training for girls and women, with its exceptionally high social and economic return, has proved to be one of the best means of achieving sustainable development and economic growth

 

You can read more  about the school by clicking here


The Kyabobo Centre

running at Kyabobo

The Kyabobo Centre stands as a fantastic example of how dreams and plans can be put into place by dedicated fundraising and voluntary support.

The centre offers  a venue for training children and adults in basic crafts such as weaving, pottery, carpentry and painting. The local District Assembly is working to promote the Kyabobo National Park as a strongly viable tourist attraction, which will in turn create an outlet for these crafts.

It is also a centre for sports activities for the whole community. Currently, none of the schools in the region have any sports facilities.

The Centre has an important role as a conference centre, and is used as a hired venue for local concerns and as a location for training courses such as health & hygiene, nutrition, etc.

Barclays Bank (Ghana) has sponsored the construction of a secure fence around the site.  This gives greater security and has allowed us to take in rescued animals which roam in a comparatively free environment.

The Kyabobo Centre is the only facility of its kind in Ghana, outside the capital city.

   

The Guest House

    

An important addition to the Kyabobo Centre, where paying visitors can stay and see for themselves the changes occurring in the region.  It provides valuable revenue for the centre. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Local Schools

The first step in providing education is to have trained, knowledgeable and inspired teachers equipped with the resources to support them.  We have been working hard to assist the teachers in the region, 52% of whom are not trained.

We run frequent workshops for teachers in as many fields as possible. To date these have included science, English, literacy craft, personal development and literacy, with supplied materials to encourage teachers to use a variety of teaching methods.

One of our earliest initiatives was to build and equip a Teachers' Resource Centre in Nkwanta which  now provides educational worksheet, books and materials, covering a wide range of subjects across the curriculum. We have shipped several containers filled with donations from schools and idividuals in the UK which have enabled us not only to equip this centre but also distribute text books, stationery and educational tools such as calculators to local schools. 

Literacy 

Ghanaian Children are taught in English at secondary level. In any class in Nkwanta there may be up to 7 different languages spoken, few parents speak English and many are completely illiterate. The schools offer the only opportunity to learn English and make progress.

 GEP is now  helping with the pilot phase of a regional project to support the learning of reading, especially in English. There are currently five schools in a pilot scheme in Nkwanta and sixteen other schools across the region.

As a starting point, the reading level of the children at different ages is assessed. Those in the lower primary should be able to recognise letter sounds and two or three letter combinations. Those in the upper primary are expected to be able to read simple texts and to answer straight forward questions about what they have read. It has been found that less than 20% are able to attain the expected standard. This means that the majority of children enter Junior High school unable to read and the next three years can be a total mystery to them.


The teachers in the pilot schools are given training, some resources and some simple techniques to improve the level of their pupils reading. It isn exciting programme, but an up-hill struggle with limited funds and time. However, if the pilot proves successful - and some major sponsors are found - there are plans to eventually target over 1,500 primarychools in the Volta region.

 

The Nkwanta Award 

The Nkwanta award scheme was instigated in 2005. It is based on the Duke of Edinburgh Award, a UK based scheme for young people which aims to develop the potential of every individual.

 Participants are required

Every child also learns about their community and how it is managed.  They learn about Police work,  Forestry, Social Welfare, Environmental Health   All the children are encouraged to consider ideas for the development of their district in the future.

The award has proved very popular and achieved considerable success, with hundreds of children taking  part.

 

 

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