Monday, 2 October 2017

PEACEAIDS DEME COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROJECT, VOLTA REGION. GHANA





Currently about one hundred and twenty-Seven (127) children of school-going age do not have access to basic quality education due to lack of basic educational facility in Deme and its surrounding villages. In an earlier study conducted in Deme and it neighbouring communities, only forty (46) children were reported to be attending school. However, they are challenged to walk a distance of about 5.10km (3.5 miles) to the nearest town, Dabala, to attend school. Discounting all the attendant risks associated with this situation this has led to an increase in the number of school drop outs. 
The challenges of accessibility are compounded by lack of teachers, poor teaching and learning materials as well as deplorable state of the wooden structure in Dabala. Thus, during the raining season, parents of Deme and nearby communities ( Sagbakope, Dzokplenu, Kosamkope, Patukope and Avorvlorte) keep their children at home to avoid exposing them to the dangers associated with bad weather conditions.
The situation is further exacerbated by the high poverty levels of the people making it increasingly difficult for parents to meet the basic educational needs of their children including prescribed school uniforms. The combination of these factors contributes to higher school drop-out rate especially among the females. One consequence of this is the observed high teenage pregnancy and girl-child marriage in the area.

To tackle the challenges above, PeaceAids International is soliciting assistance to provide a 9 - unit classroom block which includes ancillary facilities such as a health post (for first Aid), a library and an I.C.T. room.
This project will be implemented using community- centered development approach which commits the community to the project. In this regard the community, through its traditional leadership, has provided a five (5) acre land for the project and is ready to provide communal labour at all stages of the project.