We’ve just announced that we are building two schools in Ghana and couldn’t be more excited! Here’s what you need to know.
Partnering with Pencils of Promise:
Pencils of Promise (PoP) founder, Adam Braun, delivered the keynote address at adMarketplace’s Insight NYC Summit back in April. Pencils of Promise is a New York based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for children in the developing world. They identify and partner with local communities that are deeply committed to their children’s education. Adam’s story, and PoP’s mission, immediately resonated with us and we knew adMarketplace had to get involved.
Soon after, adMarketplace partnered with Pencils of Promise to build a school in Ghana’s Volta Region. Our first donation sparked a second one – and now our employees are raising an additional $25,000 to construct another school in the same region.
Our donations will cover building materials and labor for the construction of both schools. Local community members will also work hand-in-hand with Pencils of Promise every step of the way, committing twenty percent of the full labor and material costs.
Where We’re Building:
The Adigbokope Primary School
The first new school will be located in an agricultural community in Volta’s Afadjato South district. The town, which is far from the main road and often inaccessible in the rainy season, has a total population of about 1,000 people. The existing school currently has 159 students registered in three grades. Classes are held in provisional structures with little roofing, leaving students exposed to the elements. These classrooms flood easily and are often inaccessible in the rainy season.
Asele Preschool and Primary School
The Asele community is also located in Ghana’s Volta region, in the Jasikan district. Asele has a population of approximately 1,200 people, and is slightly closer to a major market than Adigbokope. Their 178 preschool and primary students currently attend classes in three dilapidated rooms, which are not earthquake resistant.
About Our Schools:
By partnering with local communities that are committed to the long-term success of their students, Pencils of Promise helps ensure that our schools will continue to make a difference long after the new paint smell has faded.
Each new school will include 3 expanded classrooms in structurally-sound buildings designed to reduce noise pollution and protect students from seasonal storms and flooding. Students should be worried about studying for exams, not staying dry. The improved learning environment will make it much easier for students to focus on their studies.
We are thrilled to be able to help make early education more accessible for both of these communities!
We asked PoP which regions currently demonstrated the most need of immediate funding and Ghana topped the list. Here is a brief snapshot:
There are 652,818 children out of school in Ghana.
The average citizen in Ghana receives only 3.9 years of education.
70% children living in rural areas of Ghana attend some primary school, but less than 43% attend secondary school (ages 12-15). We believe that improved primary education will boost secondary school attendance.
By the time children in Ghana reach adulthood, only ⅔ are literate.
Pencils of Promise schools have a proven track record and have already positively affected the lives of 28,310 students worldwide.
PoP scholarship students progress to secondary school 2X more than the regional average.
Our partnership with Pencils of Promise aligns with our overarching philanthropy goal of fostering the next generation of innovation and growth by supporting initiatives that improve children’s access to education, healthcare, and the arts. Visit our website to learn more about what we’re doing to make a difference. Visit the Pencils of Promise website to learn more about how they are empowering students and improving educational outcomes in developing countries.