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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Take a gap year, do voluntary work and visit Mole National Park!

Watching bathing elephants from the viewpoint veranda.

Watching bathing elephants from the viewpoint veranda.

On the look out for elephant trails in the bush.

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 >>

Ghana pearls

Krobo beads, Ghana West Africa.

Krobo beads, Ghana West Africa.

Beautiful beads from Ghana!

Beautiful beads from Ghana!

Pearls, pearls, pearls!

Pearls, pearls, pearls!

 

 

 

 

 

Ghana has a great selection of beautiful handmade beads, some of them dating back a long time. Whether or not you will manage to come across a real antique or treasure, Ghana’s many markets are well worth a visit to get some fantastic gems to take home to loved ones! Scientific or not – but Wikipeda has an excellent description about different Ghanian glass pearls >>

 

 

Ghana plays in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil !

As the only African team to escape their qualification group – Ghana is about to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, taking place in just a few days! The first match for the Ghanian soccer team is against the USA on the 16th of june, at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil!

Dagomba dancing and drumming

Dagomba Dancing Drumming

Dagomba Drumming and Dancing

The history of Dagomba’s are to a large part narrated through the practice of drumming and dancing. Apart from that – taking part in or witnessing a Dagbamba dancing and drumming performance  is really an entraining and uplifting experience. At Voluntary Aid Africa we have good established contacts with professional Drummers, and can offer good opportunities for anyone interested to learn and participate in this cultural practice. There are also several online resources to learn more about the tradition. For example:

N’Banga Cultural Group >>

Dagomba Dance and Drumming >>

Drums of the Dagbon >>

 

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 >>