To this day, access to education is not a granted universal right. In Gbawe, children face many adversities in their path towards attending school and receiving a formal education. It is important that schools identify these children and create mechanisms that prevent them from dropping out of school and missing the opportunity of a better future. PAAJAF is committed to providing education to all children in Gbawe regardless of their backgrounds, gender and learning constraints.
In Gbawe, apart from the lack of public schools, there are several other aspects that undermine the universal right to education to children in Ghana. Poverty tends to make it more difficult for children to reach school, as families perceive generating more household income more important than education. The rate of drop-out in these cases is also higher. Although there is a fair equity school attendance between boys and girls in Ghana, girls’ education should not be overlooked as an important element for inclusiveness. Girls are more likely to drop out of school to help with family care and house work. The distance to school and poor school conditions can also prevent children from attending.
To tackle these constraints, PAAJAF understands that the school must provide both a safe space to learn and a high-quality education that promotes inclusiveness. PAAJAF priorities are to provide a quality education, spaces for playing, healthy meals and sanitation facilities. PAAJAF also wants to ensure teachers are equipped to teach diverse students who learn at their own pace.
By creating a healthy, comfortable and safe schooling environment, children are more likely to attend and be prevented from dropping out. While at school, children will feel welcomed in their own learning process. Children will be encouraged to develop their competencies and acquire new skills at their own pace. This will be achieved without being marginalized by their background, gender or learning ability.