The Republic of Ghana, otherwise known as Ghana, is located in West Africa and has a population of over 31 million. It covers an area of 238,535 km^2 and contains a variety of geographical features, including coastal savannahs, tropical rain forests, etc. These geographical features are all products of Ghana’s tropical climate. Being located only a few degrees north of the Earth’s equator, it is no surprise that Ghana has a hot climate. Given its warm, tropical climate, there are only two main seasons in Ghana: the wet season and the dry season. North Ghana experiences rainy weather from April to October, while South Ghana experiences rainy weather from March to mid-November. In general, South Ghana is hot and humid while North Ghana is hot and dry. Some of Ghana’s major cities include Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, and Sekondi-Takoradi. There are also a variety of landmarks spread throughout Ghana, including the Aburi Botanical Gardens, the Manhyia Palace Museum, and the Cape Coast Castle.
The Republic of Ghana is also home to a multitude of ethinic, linguistic, and religious groups. The largest ethnic group are the Akan and the most practiced religion is Christianity; around 71.% of all Ghanaians practice this religion. Of course there is also a good percentage of people, 20% to be exact, who are Muslim. Currently, the two political parties that dominate Ghana are the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Ruled by a president who is both the head of state and head of government, Ghana is considered to be a unitary constitutional democracy. Each presidential term is four years, and each president is allowed two terms max. Besides the president, Ghana’s government is also made up of the Parliament of Ghana, the Cabinet of Ghana, the Ghanaian Council of State, and the Judiciary of Ghana to balance out the powers. In fact, Ghana has one of the stablest governments in Africa, and for this reason, they are looked highly upon in West Africa. Ghana is currently a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Group of 24 (G24) and the Commonwealth of Nations.
31,735,462 as of Monday, July 12, 2021
First country for sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence
Even though Ghana has outstanding international schools, their public school system is known for their lack of support for children with special needs. This means that children born into tougher situations are often not given the same educational opportunities as their peers. Educational spending in Ghana only reaches about 4.5% of the country’s GDP, according to World Education News + Reviews. Furthermore, according to Statista, over 11% of Ghanians live in poverty, which means that they live off of 1.9 US dollars or less per day. Based on research from the World Bank, their GDP per capita sat at 2,202.12 USD in 2019, which was about 20% of the world’s GDP per capita at the time. To make matters worse, the top 10% of wealthiest Ghanaians consume more than the bottom 60%, and these social inequalities only continue to grow.
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General Summary of our work: Strive2Thrive Edu partners with underserved communities, orphans, and other organizations in Ghana. We also provide food and educational resources to poor, destitute areas to ensure that the students and children here are given the resources they need to become well-educated and academically-successful. Some of these donations include Kindle Fire tablets and a variety of other supplies. We hope that through these donations, students will be able to learn more efficiently. Strive2Thrive Edu also offers a variety of classes for students, including sportsmanship, peace, and law. We hope that by exposing the students to more subjects they will be able to discover their interests and pursue them in the future
Importance of our work section and some of the impacts: By donating food and educational supplies to underprivileged communities, Strive2Thrive Edu is ensuring that our donations are going to those who need it the most to help reduce inequalities in Ghana. Our donations help end the poverty that many families in these areas are experiencing, and they make sure that each student receives the supplies they need to be successful in the future. Furthermore, we provide tutoring in a variety of subjects. These lessons, along with our donations, will give the students access to a quality education
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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:
- 1.1 ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY
- 1.2 REDUCE POVERTY BY AT LEAST 50%
- 1.4 EQUAL RIGHTS TO OWNERSHIP, BASIC SERVICES, TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES
Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with organizations in underprivileged areas in Ghana. To ensure the success of the children and students here, we donate a multitude of resources, including food, Kindle Fire tablets, etc. We hope that these donations will help students learn more efficiently and enhance each students’ learning experience. By providing these supplies, Strive2Thrive Edu is helping close the wealth gap between families
- 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
- 4.3 EQUAL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION
- 4.4 INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH RELEVANT SKILLS FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS
- 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
- 4.7 EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: There are a multitude of subjects Strive2Thrive tutors teach in Ghana, including sportsmanship, peace, law, etc. We hope that these lessons will not only help our students obtain the knowledge needed to promote sustainable development but will also allow our students to pick up skills they are passionate about and obtain stable jobs in the future. Strive2Thrive is partnered with organizations in underserved areas to help provide a quality education to underprivileged children. We hope that this will help reduce inequalities in education and give these students a better chance at academic success.
- 10.1 REDUCE INCOME INEQUALITIES
- 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu donates educational resources and food to our students in Ghana. These students all come from our partner organizations, which include underprivileged communities, orphanages, etc. We know that our donations are going to those who need it and we hope that this will help reduce income inequalities. The lessons we provide will also give these students chances to partake in more opportunities. Overall, we are hoping that the resources we provide will help combat educational inequalities and give our students the resources they need to achieve success.
- 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
- 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu’s partners in Ghana consist of organizations, underserved communities, and orphans. Through these effective partnerships, we are able to provide assistance to underprivileged children through donations, lessons, etc. Our work with these groups promotes several Sustainable Development Goals. We hope that our partnerships with these organizations will not only help our students become successful but will also help promote Ghana’s Inclusive Education Policy.