Thaakat has adopted the small community of Tanobaose in south western Ghana to help provide education to children in need. We have partnered with Clement “Righteous” Boamah, founder of the Konadu Basic School, a free primary school in this village, and will help expand the number of classrooms so more students can attend, while helping Clement provide a safe learning environment and sustained education for these children beyond primary school.
Tanobaose has seen an influx of people move into the area to support their families. Their children usually do not go to school. Clement “Righteous” Boamah saw this happening, and had a dream to build a free school that serves children left out of the existing Ghana educational system. Clement strived to make that dream come true and became known by his nickname, “Righteous”. Righteous began his school with just two kids and now has over 50. Righteous and the children make the best with what they have. He offers the students rides to the school every morning in time for class to begin at 7:00 a.m. with breakfast and a morning prayer. Righteous and his staff teach the students to read and write English, and learn basic math and geography, which provides for a safe space for the children to learn and play while their parents work. All of this at no cost for the parents and students of the school.
We have made a promise to Clement and have adopted this small community of Tanoboase for life. The phases of fundraising for 2013 are outlined below. We need your help.
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Phase l: $3000, Labor/Structure
Phase I will go towards the overhead costs for the construction of three new classrooms. The students of the Basic School are currently housed in an incomplete, inadequate and temporary structure. Completion of these classrooms, comprising pre-school, kindergarten, and Form 1 classrooms, will give Konadu Basic School's students a safe and permanent place to learn. In May of 2013, Clement received a grant which provided the materials necessary to build these classrooms. What Clement faces now is the cost of labor from local masons and carpenters, travel/transportation of materials, and the land. Although Clement has received a lot of volunteer labor and support from the community, it is Clement alone that carries the financial burden of the project. This phase relieves that burden, and will insure an efficient construction period.
Phase ll: SEPTEMBER DEADLINE - $7000 - Facilities: latrine, water connection, sanitary restroom, desks, furniture;
Phase II should cover the cost of facilities for the school. This would include water tanks, desks, chairs, playground equipment, dry-erase boards, pens, books etc. The school currently has no water connection or outhouse.
Phase lll: DECEMBER DEADLINE - $6000 - Salary for teaching staff
Phase III will be the annual sustainable funding that the school receives to pay staff and for maintenance. Currently, three teachers and Clement would account for the staff. As the school expands, this amount may increase year over year.
TOTAL REQUIRED 2013: $16,000
Background on Ghana’s Educational Development: Despite Ghana’s educational achievements, illiteracy remains pervasive in the country particularly among women, the poor and in underdeveloped regions. Estimates suggest that about 42% of the adult population is illiterate and about 50% of Ghanaian women are illiterate.