Elementary school in Ghana, on paper, is available to all as it is both free and compulsory. The reality is quite different, however. There is severe shortage of school buildings, particularly in the poor countryside. Although there is a school, many children do not go there because they cannot afford to buy school supplies and uniforms. Another obstacle is that the authorities require that children must have gone to preschool to enter into primary school. The preschools are often private and expensive.
The basic problem is, as in other places where Star of Hope is working, the widespread poverty in the country. Many children do not go to school because they have to work for his or her family's survival. One day at school means a day of lost income and less food.
An opportunity for education
The goal of Star of Hopes preschool activities in Ghana is to give poor children the skills necessary for them to be able to enter the primary school. In our schools, the children also receive a meal of nutritious food, something that motivates parents to send their children to school. In addition, preschools serve as a relief for mothers who do not have to take the kids to work, but can safely leave them to the teachers at the school.
The goal of our schools is to give children an education and opportunities for a better future where they will be able to control their own lives.
Help in Many Ways
Star of Hope in Ghana works with village development projects. In addition to the agricultural development it also covers health, education and income-generating activities, particularly for women. We have also equipped clinics, renovated several government schools and drilled wells.