Kathryn Sonnie's Blog

Schools in the Volta Region of Ghana

As an Educator, I believe that every child deserves the chance to learn. However, this is simply not the case in many areas of the world. I was fortunate enough to travel as a volunteer to Ghana, Africa in 2008 and 2009. While there, I met some of the happiest children I have ever taught. Despite their lack of a proper classroom, supplies or basic furniture, each child was eager to learn. Throughout my travels in Ghana, I have seen the disparity in educational facilities. Some villages have dilapidated structures functioning as a school, some hold school under a tree, and others have makeshift rooms made of boards and tin leaning against a tree. With such undesirable school structures, it is difficult to attract and keep government appointed teachers in the villages. As a Givology Fellow, I will return to Ghana, Africa this June to research and document the current educational conditions in the Volta Region. In addition, I plan to help make education a reality for the children in the villages without proper school facilities by gathering sponsorships to assist local students as well as partnering with local non-profits to help with the construction of new schools. It is my hope that, through my research, others will be able to support projects and help change the quality of education in Ghana.

Below is a picture of me working with a student who is not currently able to afford to attend the local school

This school is a very simple structure that provides shade from the unrelenting sun

This school has walls, but no windows or roof

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