The project to assist 100 adults in Ghana to fund literacy courses is identified as a result of PAAJAF conducting a community consultation in Gbawe to ascertain which support services for children, young people, and women. The findings were as follows:
- Extreme poverty and lack of literacy impacted upon health; ill-health in itself also impacted on an individual’s ability to acquire and maintain employment, trapping individuals and families in a cycle of continuous deprivation.
- Parents unable to read English and sign their name were unable to access health information written in English and undertake consumer transactions such as opening a bank account.
- State schools in Gbawe are overcrowded. Primary schools have up to 65 pupils per class and teachers struggle to attend to individual students.
- Many Gbawe residents live in poorly structured and over-crowded housing with inadequate sanitation and few clean drinking water facilities.
- Traditional and cultural beliefs reinforce gender stereotypes that give educational access preference to boys over girls.
The project urgently needs volunteer assistance in visiting Ghana to teach English and Maths classes and financial assistance to hire facilitators ($60 per month) and recruit students. Please contact Philip Appiah (Project Leader) [email protected]