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Ghana 2002

Children and Literacy

Schooling in Ghana is still for the privileged. Primary school is relatively cheap, although getting uniforms does cost. Senior school fees are very expensive. Because of this, there is a very high rate of ten year olds leaving school. Parents often see girls as being for marriage, so do not consider it worthwhile paying for them to attend senior school.

Graham playing football with the kids in Funsi.

In Funsi literacy rates are less than 1%. Three quarters of school age children are at home. The Bible translation project is the focus of help for reading. It has provided writing in people's native language, and provides literacy classes.

Bible translation is very measurable and auditable. It has stages of completion and a concrete end. You can show donors books and text during the process to reassure them it is happening. When you've finished you have a ceremony to mark completion. This makes it easy to fundraise for - an interesting perspective, if you think of it as a way to fund literacy.

Boy carrying water in Funsi

However, the village is not really embracing the Christians' literacy programme. They aren't interested in learning to read in Paasaal, instead wanting to go straight to English.

Teaching has a very low image in Ghana, similar to the esteem problem in the UK which provoked the advertising campaign "Those who can, teach". Teachers in Ghana are often filling in a gap before going to university.

An outdoor blackboard in Funsi

There are plans of starting a shepherd school in Funsi, where children who do not attend school are taught in the afternoon. This would probably be outdoors.

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