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 >>

Staff presentations. PART 2: Ben Iddrisu Nindow

Mr Ben on motorbike. 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!

Staff presentations. PART 1: Iddrisu Mohammed Awal

Iddrisu Mohammed Awal

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.

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 >>

Shea – A Ghana industry

Shea Nuts is an industry in Ghana.

Shea Nuts is an industry in Ghana.

Shea nut processing is an important and relatively large sector within the northern regions of Ghana. Last week the minister of Trade an Industry announced that the Government is to spend about 5 million Ghana Cedis to boost the industry further. An initiative that is expected to support and develop the industry by constructing new processing plants and train more women.

Read more at Modern Ghana >>

Ghana textiles – a winning concept!

Colourful Ghana textiles.

Colourful Ghana textiles.

Dresses by Ghanian fashion designer Kofi Ansah.

Dresses by Ghanian fashion designer Kofi Ansah.

The winner of episode 4 in the BBS interior-design show The Great Interior Design Challenge used colourful textiles from Ghana in his decor. The Ghanian textile industry is well know all over the world for its remarkable patterns and color compositions.

One of the formost representatives and ambassadors for Ghanian textiles, the renowned designer Kofi Ansah, has created multiple pieces using local fabrics. His work has amazed thousands and some of his lines have been showed at Tigo Glitz African Fashion Week, and sold abroad in London and the US. Today the sad news was released that Mr Kofi Ansah has passed away at the age of 62. 

The reputation and interest for Ghana textiles will most likely continue to blossom world wide, but the local industry is meeting tuff competition from cheap imports, and is currently employing fewer workers than before.

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Or check out these gorgeous Woodin prints at Pinterest >>