This school was founded by the still acting school manager in 1994. Ever since it has tried to attract as many children, from 3 to 17 years, from several villages of the area to receive a basic level of school education. It is a NGO and doesn't receive any state funding. The parents pay small amounts towards transport, food and teacher's salaries if they are able to. Teachers salaries are incredibly low, whereby it has to be said that in general life in rural areas in Ghana is extremely difficult and people often live of less than 300Euro in a year (!!!).
Right now there are about 165 pupils and five teachers (including a headmaster) working. Additionally the school tries to always have a volunteer from oversees, who will mainly do the English teaching but is also asked to support here and there. English is the official language in Ghana, but especially in the rural areas people mainly use their own language (in Ashanti region it is Twi) and the level of English is generally very low.
Even though the whole community is very poor and the school could need all kinds of improvement, since the buildings are slowly falling apart, school materials are almost non-existent, books are of appalling quality, the toilets are very basic ... , the major problem right now, is the transport for the children to come to school. Some can walk but the majority lives too far away. Right now, the school hires a driver with his minibus (trotro) to pick up the children and bring them to school or afterwards back home. But this service is rather unreliable, since the bus driver is often late and his bus very regularly broken and in a workshop. Then, the children cannot get to school or even later than usual, until some alternative transport has been organized. Therefore, the school manager is very seriously trying to get together enough money to buy a small school bus (or at least enough to allow him asking for a bank loan).
After reading my reports and seeing some pictures, my friend Heidi has suggested starting this donation campaign, I loved the idea and I hope it is going to be successful!! I would really like to help the school as much as possible to function a bit smoother than in the past.
Life is so different here than in Europe (or the US etc.), that it is hard to imagine if you haven't seen it. In many ways' poverty makes it harder, but people are rather relaxed about it, take it easy and seem happy. They complain a lot less than in other parts of the world.
All of us - my friends in Europe and other parts of the world, are so much wealthier.... And here every cent counts and can make a difference.
I am here now until the beginning of March and hope you can help me to support this little school. It gives you the rather rare opportunity to donate directly to a project (not via a developmental organization).
Thank you all in advance for you support, also in the name of the school: the school manager, the children and their parents. It will be very much appreciated.
- Nigel Mortelman
- Jasmin Lotter
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