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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Internship and volunteer work in Ghana: EDUCATION

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 >>

 

Public Holidays in Ghana!

African (Union) Day

Today (1st of July) is Republic Day in Ghana – a public holiday celebrating the day the country achieved republic status fifty-four years ago. Just about a month ago Ghana, as many other African countries, also celebrated the African (Union) Day (25th of May) – another public holiday taking the form of an annual commemoration of the establishment of the Africa Union (AU).

Historically, Ghana was the first African country to declare colonial independence in 1957, and one year later Accra hosted the first African conference to be held on African soil (the AAPC – All African Peoples’ Conference). It’s suggested that this conference later gave rise to the establishment of the African Union in 1963 (then known as OAU). The AU now consist of 54 member states, and has today shifted it’s focus from supporting liberation movements towards being an organisation that promotes Africa’s development and integration. Promoting the vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in  global arena.” African Union >>

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 >>