Project #5842

Education for People in Ghana

by Paajaf Foundation

I am writing to provide you with an update to PAAJAF's projects and to let you know a few changes we are making in the short term to help our projects and beneficiaries.

We were visited by Helen at GlobalGiving UK, as a project evaluator to help us to make improvements to our projects and give us advice on how we can support the people in the Gbawe community better with our limited resources and funds. Helen gave us some great feedback, you can read about it here 

Together, we have decided that in the short term, due to our very limited funds and resources, that we will be retiring 3 of the projects from GlobalGiving and focusing all of our efforts on Help Underprivileged Children In Ghana and sponsoring the fantastic children featured on our website.

We are fully committed to making a positive difference in the lives of underprivileged children, youth and women in our community.

We are determined to provide scholarship support to the children identified in our community and will be participating the September Fundraiser at GlobalGiving.

You have helped us on our incredible journey, and we hope to continue with your support in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at I am more than happy to answer any queries you have.

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Literacy classes strengthen job prospects
Literacy classes strengthen job prospects

The project to assist 100 adults in Ghana to fund literacy courses is identified as a result of PAAJAF conducting a community consultation in Gbawe to ascertain which support services for children, young people, and women. The findings were as follows:

  • Extreme poverty and lack of literacy impacted upon health; ill-health in itself also impacted on an individual’s ability to acquire and maintain employment, trapping individuals and families in a cycle of continuous deprivation.
  • Parents unable to read English and sign their name were unable to access health information written in English and undertake consumer transactions such as opening a bank account.
  • State schools in Gbawe are overcrowded. Primary schools have up to 65 pupils per class and teachers struggle to attend to individual students.
  • Many Gbawe residents live in poorly structured and over-crowded housing with inadequate sanitation and few clean drinking water facilities.
  • Traditional and cultural beliefs reinforce gender stereotypes that give educational access preference to boys over girls.

The project urgently needs volunteer assistance in visiting Ghana to teach English and Maths classes and financial assistance to hire facilitators ($60 per month) and recruit students. Please contact Philip Appiah (Project Leader)

PAAJAF experience of previous Family Learning projects

We ran a successful previous project at one local junior high school in Gbawe three times a week from 2007 to 2010. This started with 5 participants and by the end of the project this had increased to 65 participants with an average attendance of 32 each day. Individuals who did not even know the letters of the alphabet showed incremental progress. They began to read and write, this being a positive, life changing experience for them.

Benefits of family learning in the community:

  • Including parents, guardians, carers in their children’s learning will make a significant and positive difference to children’s achievements, motivation and self esteem.
  • Family learning will provide the learning support needed to help break the cycle of educational and economic deprivation.
  • Children with literate parents will be more inclined to take their education seriously and improve their academic achievement, as they will receive more support in the home.
  • Educating parents will enable them to understand the school environment and the importance of education, and help their children with their school projects homework.  It will also create the platform for parents to spend quality time with their children whilst understanding their children’s academic work.
  • Families encouraged to see themselves as ‘learners’ will experience improved communication between family members.
  • Family learning will motivate parents to invest in their children’s secondary school education and continue in higher education and/or vocational training.
  • Children and parents will be empowered to access local microfinance opportunities (available through PAAJAF and other community based organisations) and improve job prospects.
  • Children and parents will be able to be better informed decisions when they buy goods and services.
  • They will also be able to better understand and access health services and written information about health and preventative measures to tackle infectious and waterborne diseases.
  • Providing educational opportunities for illiterate mothers will reduce the gender gap in literacy, social and economic deprivation.

Hanna, aged 28, helped through PAAJAF’s previous Family Learning project says “I have been educated by the foundation to read the English language and my own dialect, Twi. I am very grateful to the PAAJAF Foundation for making me literate. I can now read and write, which helps me with my bank transactions and I can now understand my child’s report card.”

Family Learning Program
Family Learning Program
  • We believe that everyone has the right to an education
  • We believe in giving everyone in the community access to education
  • We believe that people can make their lives better through education

With your help, we can make this possible for 100 adults in Ghana....

There are many people in the area that could not complete or attend school due to poverty or working to help their family, and have nowhere to go for free education. They are marginalised in our society because they find it difficult to identify the English alphabet and even the local dialect. They suffer from a lack of basic health because they do not understand health and financial information. This presents a big challenge in living their lives day-to-day.

PAAJAF has successfully run free family learning and adult literacy programs in Gbawe and Bronso-Afaso. In 2010, our family learning program increased literacy up to 50% in Gbawe; parents can read their children’s school reports and help them with school work. They can access health information and learn basic sanitation.

Since January 2013, we have sought out grants to fund classes for 6 months with facilitators. This month of March, we have 3 volunteers through UN Volunteering to assist us with developing our grant proposals so that we may generate funding to run the literacy classes. Our aim is to provide free classes to 100 poor and illiterate people to give them the education that they rightly deserve.

Together we can give opportunities for everyone and make their lives better. Want to volunteer? We need grant writers and proof-readers contact

Volunteer facilitators guide students
Volunteer facilitators guide students' learning

Adult illiteracy remains a major social problem in Ghana, preventing people from obtaining jobs, running businesses, even helping their children to learn. The aim of the program is still to assist 100 adults to attend literacy classes.

 We are fortunate to have a generous donor whose fundraising efforts are contributing to this project. We thank you sincerely for your support. We have identified members of the community who did not have the chance to attend school and would benefit from this program.However the project is currently on hold due to lack of funding for program facilitators. The plan is to resume this project in January 2013 and we call for your support to recruit 3 facilitators. A facilitator needs $60 per month.

In January 2013, PAAJAF is upgrading our website and have designed e-card gifts to help raise funds to support this worthwhile project. An e-card donor contributes to the Educate People in Ghana and receives a beautiful printed postcard. Even a donation of $10, will contribute towards paying a facilitator. 

What does a facilitator do? They will provide the training and teach adults to learn to read and write English and native Twi dialect. Many students want to learn how to open a bank account and read their children’s school reports. A facilitator is a great source of experience and learning. They give hands-on assistance to students in group work and through individual study. Students are taught basic mathematics and health skills which improves their daily lives.

Volunteer Facilitator Alex Nyani says "I am 57 years old and a volunteer facilitator of PAAJAF Foundation. The foundation has had a great impact on the lives of the adult population of Gbawe in Accra, Ghana. Most adults have been taught how to read English and also their own language (Twi)."

The feedback we received from previous students themselves was how much the Literacy Program helped students increase their self-esteem, and increase a sense of belonging within the community. PAAJAF is seeking your support for facilitators for this project.


Consultation began with local churches and schools in starting Family and Adult Education services. Feedback was very, very encouraging since there is high illiteracy in the community. Based on requests from churches and schools PAAJAF started the Family and Adult education program in one of the public schools at Gbawe in 2007. Within 3 years PAAJAF has supported 500 individuals through adult literacy education and an after school program for children.

We here at PAAJAF said today: “School Programs for literacy and education need more support. They benefit by stopping the cycle of poverty. Young people need access opportunities through programs like ours and can find advancement.”

Hanna, aged 28, helped through PAAJAF’s Education for People in Ghana –Family Learning project says “I have been educated by the foundation to read the English language and my own dialect, Twi. I am very grateful to the PAAJAF Foundation for making me literate. I can now read and write, which helps me with my bank transactions and I can now understand my child’s report card.”

Unfortunately, this program that was adding values into the lives of adults who could not get chance to attend school but now wanted to learn is now on hold due to lack of funding to pay the program facilitators stipend.  PAAJAF intends to resume the project on Jan 2013 and calling for your support to recruit 3 facilitators.

$60 for each facilitator per a month for 12 month and from now till the Christmas PAAJAF is seeking for your support!


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Organization Information

Paajaf Foundation

Location: Mallam-Accra, Greater Accra - Ghana
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Philip Appiah
Mallam, Accra Ghana

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