6th March is Ghanaian Independence Day. We wanted to know why people love Ghana so much so we went out and about in Ho to find out. Below are our results.
[…] Below is the blog entry originally posted on the KickStart Ghana blog. […]
Why should I volunteer in Ghana when you could take the thousands of dollars it would take to send me there and support me and put it toward hiring an unemployed Ghanaian teacher, giving him/her work, promoting the local economy, and providing local role models so Ghanaian children can see their own potential as a Ghanaian, and not grow up believing that change comes from saviors from overseas?
Teachers in Ghana make $250 a month, and are woefully underpaid. Where is the money best spent?
Thank you for your comment and thoughts on the Ghanaian education system.
As an organisation we only recruit skilled volunteers that will help us achieve our goals. These goals have been set by the UK and Ghanaian board’s of the organisation. Two of our key aims are reflected in your points. Firstly, we want to help send more Ghanaians to teacher training college so that Ghana has a supply of well trained and ambitious teachers. Secondly, we want these teachers to broaden their experiences and be challenged to think in new ways, like many people are in jobs all over the world. One way in which we do this is to recruit trained teachers from outside of Ghana to visit and work alongside them. We’ve found that both Ghanaian teachers and the volunteers recruited both gain immensely from this. You can read the rest of our aims on our site: http://kickstartghana.org/about-us/
At our summer school, which we run in conjunction with St Cecilia, we do give grants to employ teachers for the summer but generally our programmes look to invest in school infrastructure rather than topping up wages of teachers already employed. A major challenge for the Ghanaian education sector is that the vast majority of the budget is taken up by recurring costs, i.e. wages. This leaves little money to be invested in new school buildings, libraries, sporting equipment etc. This is where we hope to help as an organisation by offering grants. We’re delighted that local schools and the education authority have recognised how important our work is and continue to work with us. Whilst we absolutely agree with you that teachers’ wages should be higher we hope this will be solved by the government continuing to invest in education in the coming years.
You’re also absolutely right that Ghanaian’s should grow up with local role models. Over 90% of the teaching done at a school we work with will be completed by a trained Ghanaian teacher, we don’t aim to replace them but to assist them. That’s also one of the reasons we recruit Ghanaian volunteers to help with our work, we’re delighted to say that they make a huge impact.
I hope our answer helps and if you have any further questions about our charity please do not hesitate to get in touch. You might even be interested in fundraising for us at some stage.
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