Unfortunately, the public school system in Ghana is severely under-funded and generally under-performs. It is overwhelmed with an estimated 50% of the Country’s 24 million population under the age of 15. Most children do not go beyond junior high. Good quality secondary school is extremely difficult to be accepted into and is expensive. Furthermore, the educational system is based on the old English system of rote memorization and rigid adherence to nationalized standardized tests, a vestige of colonial rule. Students must pass the Basic Education Certificate Exam (BECE) at the end of junior high to go on to secondary school. Most students do not pass.
Kwesi has noted, “There are so many people in my village and all throughout Ghana just like me, people who could do really great things, but they just never get the chance.”
I myself have met Kwesi in America and decided to come to Ghana for a year to teach and volunteer at Heritage Academy. However, upon arrival I came to realize that although the school has been having tremendous success, most graduates are unable to pursue their love of learning into secondary schooling because funding is too low and college is too expensive. It is for this reason that I started this gofundme, which is set up to create a college fund for students at Heritage Academy. By creating this fund I'm hoping to give more students the opportunity to get a college degree which in return will give them the opportunity to eventually give back to the local community as a college degree in Ghana brings immense prosperity to the individual as well as their close relatives and friends.
Any amount of money helps and is more than appreciated.
Thank you so much and greetings from Ghana.
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