PEI (PAAJAF Educational Institute) School, a project developed by PAAJAF to build a vibrant educational centre in the Gbawe community. Our goal is to provide school education to orphans and underprivileged children, youth, and women in the community. At this moment, 145 children are enrolled at the school, ranging from preschool to primary school levels, as well as 20 adult students.
Regarding the activities and current curricula, PAAJAF intends to extend the scope of activities provided by launching an IT-related course that can provide the children a new and crucial set of skills, and assist them in becoming technologically literate from a young age. This will provide Paajaf Educational Institute (PEI) students in Gbawe area with quality learning infrastructures to boost their level of engagement and educational performance and to help bridge the digital gap.
The national average level of poverty across the country regions is about 25%. Despite a decline in a poverty incidence, there is also a challenge of a population growth that during the last years resulted in more people who live in non-appropriate conditions in terms sustainable and harmonized development of the whole state or a particular community.
Although most of poor people reside in rural savannah at the north of the country, high density regions, including greater Accra also register a great number of vulnerable groups. In contrast to the poverty and hunger, which is more often refer to the northern part of the country, other barriers of sustainable well-being in Ghana unlikely will be resolved in the foreseen future without private initiatives as the government does not have the capacity to undertake the measures on-site. In respect of education values of such indicators as youth literacy rate and both primary and lower secondary school participation rate are at the level of the least developed countries. Lack of resources in terms of public schools offer, good condition facilities and equipment are undermining the universal right to education in Ghana, pushing children away from school, as there are not enough public schools, while most private school are not affordable to a great part of the population.
In this regard, besides the general subjects of traditional education, technical (i.e. digital) skills specifically and its learning at an early age are key factors of escaping the poverty traps. By means of access to numerous instruments which are now available online one may obtain, develop and use other required IT skills for getting a good job or enhancing one’s ability of generating more income from an existing source of money or abilities of further learning. In the long term, this will be bringing new dynamics and modernization to the country and its main economic sectors such as agriculture, paving the way for a more sustainable and modernized version of Ghana.
This project is set to be undertaken under the coordination of PAAJAF Education Institute (PEI), in partnership with an IT-related organization that will also be responsible for the technical direction of the IT courses, in terms of design, implementation and adjustment, whenever required.
Since 2012, PEI School has developed consistent experience in providing education to primary school students, in terms of curricula, set of activities and social support, by working on behalf of the Ghanaian national education system framework, representing a true alternative to children that could not benefit from free public school. Therefore, the implementation of this course will bring added value to the educational offer already in place at PEI School.
The future of education is directly connected with the technological innovations that reshape the way we learn and interact in education terms. Entering the digital world at an early stage in life, in a controlled and healthy manner, will give students the opportunity to become digital literate at a young age and provide them with tools for an enthusiastic learning and creative interaction with the world.
In social terms, this project addresses the underprivileged children from Gbawe area, with ages ranging from 4 to 13 years-old, with a fragile socio-economic background that includes poverty risk and orphanage. The overall economic situation of the families living in Gbawe includes large households with low income and within this context, PAAJAF represents an opportunity for these families to bring new hopes for a better future for their children. The access to the technology and to a connect digital world will be a turning point in these children’s lives as it will give them the tools and means to learn and improve their skills set, regardless of their background.
The successful implementation of this course will have a great overall impact on the community which will be access to technology. This will be a breakthough point, from which, upon the sucessful completion of the course, PAAJAF will be in a main position to further develop new activities and maintain this offer to the children, as well as extended it to the adult community in Gbawe.