Ghana – Nasila School

Ghana – School Project

Brief description: Building of classrooms

Contact (Action5):  Viola Hessemer viola.f.h(at)gmail.com and Bernadette Wolf bernadette_wolf(at)gmx.de

Local Contact: Samuel Nabila Idabeni sidabeni(at)gmail.com

Status:

During his national service in Nasia, a small town in Ghana, Samuel noticed a high rate of illiteracy  and great lack of possibilities for children to gain proper education. Together with his wife he founded a school. There is already one but the governmental school is not able to offer good education to the children. According to Samuel this is due to the bad supervision of the government and the little motivation of the teachers. After a short time many parents sent their children to Samuel’s school. And as there were many orphans and half-orphans Samuel decided to found an orphanage as well. The first years Samuel financed the orphanage on his own. Meanwhile he is getting help by private donations. At the moment there are 18 orphans living in the orphanage.

Problems:

The house where the children were taught and the orphans lived in belongs to the chief of the village. At the beginning of the year he decided to use this building for his own purposes again and sent Samuel and the children away. Bedrooms for the orphans and an office could already be built with the help from some private donations. But the classes are held outside. In the dry season it is a smaller problem but in the rainy season the classes can’t take place outside. That’s why Samuel and the parents want to build a new school for the children. The building of the room will be partly accompanied by voluntary engagement from Samuel, the parents and the community, provided that this can be justified concerning effort and demands.

Current status:

At the moment Action5 is supporting the building of the first classroom. The teachers are being paid by a small school fee every child pays per month. Parents who can’t afford the fee can send their children for free. There are 40 children from the village who are visiting Samuels school at the moment. So the school is designed to be self-supporting for the most part.

Long-term aims:

By building a new school the number of pupils will increase. Therefore five more classrooms are planned as the school system in Ghana has six classes in primary school. There will be the long-term perspective for Action5 or other bigger sponsors to support the building of the other classrooms after having finished the first one.