Family Learning Classes give education access to the poorest and most vulnerable in the Gbawe community in Ghana. A qualified teacher needs $200 per month stipend for 12 months to provide literacy classes to up to 100 adult students. 45% of adults in the community have an inability to sign their name or read English, so are not able to access crucial health information or transact business with others to open a bank account, or utilising scarce food and water.
Due to parental poverty or neglect, up to 1000 children receive a disrupted primary education and miss out on a secondary education altogether; working cracking stones in a Gbawe stone quarry. Girls share the role of primary care givers and often have to work to generate household income. This prevents many girls from attending and remaining in school, particularly at the upper primary level. As adults, these women therefore have poor literacy to teach their children or find good employment.
Family Learning classes empower adults through learning, they will be able to pass along the need to learn onto their children and be able to help their children with their school projects and homework. The project will also create an opportunity for parents to spend quality time and promote literacy with their children.
"I am happy as a student of PAAJAF to comment that this project has added value and is making a real difference in my life." - Hannah Allotey, previous Family Learning student
The project strives to provide quality education for the children in needs, to improve their health and social conditions, attitude changes and increased self-esteem, an increased sense of belonging within the communities. Education in Gbawe contributes to poverty alleviation and promotes rapid socio-economic growth and well-being of orphans and underprivileged and neglected children and youth.