Volunteer as a teacher! Ghana tops in Maths and Science!

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship opportunities and volunteer work in AfricaIn 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 >>

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Renting solar panel as a development strategy…?

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship opportunities and volunteer work in Ghana.

“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 >>

 

World economy on the rising. Recent prospect in numbers.

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship and volunteer work in Northern Ghana.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 >>

 

10% of Ghana’s energy production from renewable sources by 2020

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Girls in front of solar panels.

As the first developing country to engage with Sustainable Energy for All, Ghana is developing a national action plan to increase its renewable energy capacity and extend reliable energy access to all of its citizens. By 2020 Ghana’s goal is to generate 10 % of the countries energy production from renewable sources. 

Today Ghana relies on hydropower, and since 2000 the residential electricity demand has increased by 61 %. Partially due to the country’s rapid urbanisation trend, economic growth  and shift in status from being a low income – to a middle income country. Moving away from hydropower towards new renewable sources are thus suggested by some to be a solution for an increased demand. Vibe Ghana.

Learn more about SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL >>

On the theme of Happiness :)

The UNDP (United Nations Development Program) has published a report about the happiest countries in the world (World Happiness Report, 2013). Ghana ranked number 86 out of 156. If the evaluation would have been in terms of smiles – Ghana probably would have made number one, but parameters such as healthy life expectancy and perception of corruption were also taken into account.

Read the full article on The Huffington Post >>

Happiness as a way of measuring development?

Happiness to measure development?

Happiness to measure development?

2015 is the “end” of the UN’s eight Millenium Developmental Goals (MDG’s) – the year when all set goals and milestones are to be met. Every year the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) presents a Human Development Report that aims to illustrate how the worlds countries are doing. The report usually revolve around several social as well as economic aspecs and includes the Human Development Index (HDI), which is a statistical representation of country’s respective indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income.

The last human development report was published in 2013 and named “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a diverse world” (2013). According to that one, Ghana ranked number 135 in the HDI. The indexing was based on figures from 2012 and in the preceding human development report “Sustainability and Equity: A better future for all” (2011), the number (135) was the same. A country’s position in the index is however a relative measurement – so changes or developments within the country can accordingly not be derived solely by looking at the relative position. When the next report and HDI is coming is not yet official, but here at VoluntaryAid we keep our eyes open :)

As an alternative to GDP’s and GNP’s, the HDI is an effective way of addressing other factors than pure finical ones. Another way of measuring development that have received increased attention lately is the consideration of happiness as an indicator for a country’s state of development. Check out this really interesting article about why happiness is a good way to measure development!

Check out the article >>