Improving Access to Education in Ghana

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Purpose: To provide support to build a primary school in Fodome Ahor, Ghana as well as classroom furniture, fixtures and supplies.

Project Description: The Student Partnership for Aid & International Development (SPAID) is a student-organization housed under the Office of Community Engagement’s alternative breaks program, Branch Out. Team members travel to Fodome Ahor, a rural village in the upper Volta region of Ghana, every summer. Our goal is to conduct research that elucidates community needs in order to develop sustainable, community-based solutions to a range of development problems. We believe that through mutually-beneficial partnerships and a commitment to social justice, we can implement sustainable projects that increase community capacity and promote resilience.

This summer, SPAID will work in Fodome Ahor, Ghana alongside residents to continue the construction of a primary school building for community children. The summer of 2016 saw the completion of the foundation of the classroom block, and this summer we hope to finish the walls and begin roofing. All donations go towards the costs of construction materials, such as cement, timber, and roofing. The project, which is scheduled for completion in 2019, requires approximately $20,000 to finish in total. Any funds raised that exceed our yearly budget goal specified here will be applied to next year’s budget for construction purchases.

In addition to construction activity, we will continue to expand the capacity of Fodome Ahor by continuing research for the girl’s program and bringing books and other supplies for a school library (as specified by numerous interviewees the previous summer). Finally, we will conduct in-depth interviews with the community to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of current and past sanitation and health projects. By engaging in community-based participatory research we aim to develop understanding of their needs, improve standards of living, and create a self-sufficient environment.

Goal Not Met: Less support for project.

Goal Exceeded: Additional funds will be applied to next year’s budget for construction purchases.


Department: Sociology

Advisor: Dr. David Aday


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