More than 28 million rural children are out of school. 250 million children in school cannot read. Access to and quality of education is needed to address #RuralEducationProblems. Learn #RuralEducationSolutions with the Akaa Project.
We talk a lot about access to education but the quality of that
education is equally important.
Access and Quality
The global learning crisis:
250 million children in primary school cannot read. In Ghana one-half of young women
and one-third of young men could not read one sentence even though they had spent
six years in school. (UNESCO)
The Akaa Project has been working with the Asiafo
Amanfro Community School, in rural Ghana, since 2008
to address these challenges.
Government (public) schools are structured the same for
villages and cities/towns. But they are serving populations with
Rural vs. Urban
Some differing characteristics for typical rural and urban areas:
Transport None or only on
School options Closest school Government and
Distance from gov.
Income Level Lower Higher
Income Source Agricultural based Variety of sources
Strong, close Weaker, more
Many available Must purchase
Education levels Lower Higher
Approach rural education differently. Focus on the characteristics
and needs for rural communities. Utilize strengths and build upon
Empower through community voice, decision
making and responsibility. Create collaborative
There is no accountability or supervision for teachers. They are
late, absent or leave early and spend little time actually teaching.
Approach teachers differently. Consistent teacher training
throughout the year and performance based salary. Help teachers
become passionate educators.
All our teachers are from the community; they know best
what their community needs. Empower teachers as co-
learners ; inspired teachers teach differently.
High drop out and grade-repetition rates, low individual student
growth, passive learning and curriculum.
Active curriculum, life skills development activities, use
community strengths to ensure attendance and student
Engage children to love learning through an active curriculum
and extra-curriculars. Acknowledging children’s different
learning styles. Create greater educational opportunity.
Let’s sum it up: The Akaa Project’s Top 3
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Learn more about global
education at UNESCO.org