What are the circumstances in Ghana?
Education in Ghana has been improving over recent years but there is still a long way to go. VSO Ghana research shows that around 36% of the Ghanaian government budget is spent on salaries in education. This means that there is not sufficient investment in other areas such as facilities and text books. The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition argues that as a result of under financing of basic schools, about 3,900 schools are organised under trees, 4,000 under sheds and about 16,000 schools are without toilets whilst 800,000 school children are not receiving formal education in Ghana.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Ghana is football crazy and you will find almost all schools built around a football pitch. There is, however, a severe lack of funding for equipment and entry fees to competitive tournaments – things that many children in the UK take for granted. Sport has a fantastic power to motivate and ensure inclusion for whole communities and we want to promote this.
How we intend to help
At KickStart Ghana we strongly believe that with relatively small amounts of money, a commitment from the local community and dedicated volunteers, a huge difference can be made. We believe in people and are passionate about them realising their potential.
Check out our projects to see the work we undertake.
Sport has a crucial role to play in the efforts of the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world. Sport builds bridges between individuals and across communities, providing a fertile ground for sowing the seeds of development and peace.
Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace.