In a online article published by the Daily Graphic it’s stated that Ghana is ranked as one of the best African countries in the areas of mathematics and science. The article referred their statement to The Global Information Technology Report 2014, compiled by the World Economic Forum. A report that sets out to assess the network readiness of a nation, and how prepared its economy is to apply the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) to promote national economic growth and well-being. It covers various topics and indicators ranging from the availability of latest technology, internet access in schools, to the quality of educational systems as well as quality of math and scince education.
According to the Daily Graphics “the report said in 2013 alone 12.5 million English, Mathematics and Science core textbooks were distributed in public primary and junior high schools which enabled Ghana to exceed the universal textbook to pupil ratio of three textbooks per pupil.”
At voluntary Aid Africa we can help you arrange an internship position or voluntary work placement in one of Ghana’s many schools. We are always in the need for ambitious teachers who wants to contribute and make a difference in the world!
Read the full article here at Graphic Online >>
Watching bathing elephants from the viewpoint veranda.
On the look out for elephant trails in the bush.
If you have a gap year, take the opportunity to contribute and get some experience by doing voluntary work in your field of study/or expertise.
Then as a break from your volunteer work, why don’t visit Ghana’s largest national park Mole. Just a day trip away from Tamale, this amazing and beautifully lushy place awaits you full of adventure. Enjoy the peace at the motel’s viewpoint veranda while scouting for bathing elefants below, or climb the roof of a jeep to go antelope spotting down in the bush?
What ever your mind of a great experience is – Mole has much to offer. During the dry season the park is especially well visited by a multitude of animals coming to drink in the local water ponds.
More pictures at the site of Mole Motel >>
Read more about Mole at GhanaWeb >>
Ben Iddrisu Nindow is the last of eight children, born to the kombon-naa family in Bilpela-Tamale in 1959. He started his primary education in Kakpagyili catholic primary school, spending the frist two years studying under a Dawadawa tree before transferring to Bamvim presby primary, and than to Bamvim middy school. In 1973 Ben entered Ghana secondary school and proceeded to the Nyarkpala Agricultural College to train as an agricultural extension officer.
The working life started in 1981 when Ben was posted to the Gambaga district with MOFA. One year later he joined the Tamale Baptist agric project as a project manager for 5 years. He served as correspondence assistant for sponsored children in Bilpela under a world vision project between 1988 and 1996 before taking up an appointment with the then western Dagomba district council as farm manager. Another three year service as extension officer with the presby farmers training program ended with admission to the Tamale Polytechnic in 1991. On completion of his first duty post was as cross room teacher in Bimbila senior high school, and later as field officer with CAPSARD under a MOFA/ French embassy rice project. Ben is a good listener, talks little and is easy to related too. He loves reading and listening to music!
Iddrisu Mohammed Awal is the founder of Voluntary Aid’s international volunteer and internship programme. He was born in Tamale, Northern Ghana in 1986, and currently holds a high national diploma in accounting from the Tamale Polytechnic. Awal has a 9 years of experience from working with international volunteers and interns. He first join the team of Cooperation for Integrated Development (CID Ghana) and after several valuable years of experience, he decided to also start up Voluntary Aid Africa (VAA) because he believes in volunteerism for development.
According to UNESCO, 58 million children in the world are out of school, and 43% of them will probably never enter a classroom. The goal is to have all children in school by 2015, but the challenges are many. The situation is especially challenging in Sub-Saharan Africa. Going to school can be expensive, classrooms are generally overcrowded, there are not enough qualified teachers, and many schools lack access to electricity as well as adequate teaching materials.
This means the situation is tuff, but it also means that there are a lot of things we can do to make the situation better! For example UNESCO estimates that in the coming decades, 27 million teachers will be needed to meet the growing demand for education world wide.
Would you like to volunteer as a teacher, or support a Ghanian student?
Read more about our internship/volunteer programme >>
Check out our student sponsorship project >>
“Solar panels traditionally require a significant up-front investment and a long-term payback period, but what if you could rent them short term?” Momentum for Change’s Lighthouse Activities.
In an earlier post we have announced that Ghana aims at having a 10% contribution of Renewable Energy by 2020, and have proposed various strategies to achieve this. One being to support development and demonstration of economic viable renewable energy technological options for mini-grid applications – perhaps a solar panel lease could be one option…?
Read more about the Renewable Energy Act 2011, Act 832 (01) at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum >>
As part of a socio ecological green initiative to adress climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and high unemployment amongst the youth in rural Ghana – the Ghana Bamboo Bike initiative have started manufacturing bikes in bamboo to sell on an international scale. The initiative is especially focusing on giving young women the opportunity to improve their financial situation, but also as a way of promoting socially and environmentally sustainable development in Ghana.
Visit their site for more information >>
Recent numbers have indicated that the world economy growth rate is estimated to about 2.8 per cent in 2014 and 3.2 per cent in 2015. The trend is somewhat different in different regions and in Africa as a whole the numbers are 4.2 per cent for 2014, and expected to be about 5.1 per cent in 2015. In West Africa alone the same numbers are estimated to about 7.0 and 7.1 per cent respectively. Read the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014: mid-2014 >>
Check out the programme overview at our webpage for more information about volunteer work and internship opportunities in Northern Ghana!
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
To get the full potential out of your internship or volunteer work in Ghana it’s helpful to read up on some history and general knowledge regarding the local culture and traditions.
As far as general travel and country information goes, there are several publications in English that offers insightful tips about where to go, what to see, when and how. The Bradt Travel Guide by Philip Briggs is one example that we can recommend.
Dagombas are the largest “tribal group” in the Northern region, and when it comes to local culture and traditions several books have been written on the theme. One of the more sited works is The Lions of Dagbon: Political Change in Northern Ghana, which was written by Martin Staniland as early as 1975. Also Christine Oppong’s pice Growing up in Dagbon is a well renowned publication about Dagomba cultural and traditions.
The Bradt Travel Guide
Growing up in Dagbon
The Lions of Dagbon
For more information and suggestions about Ghana literature, see the Goodreads section on the right, or visit our Goodreads profile online >>