Support Free SHS and Support Social Progress in Ghana
SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 (Thursday)
4-Year Anniversary of Free Senior High School Education in Ghana.
Donate to Support Senior High School Education in Ghana
In September 2017, the government of Ghana launched a program, Free Senior High School, to provide free and accessible education to the youth who have completed a junior high school. The sudden influx of new students has put a strain on resources, from books to classroom blocks and equipment, to support the thousands of new students.
According to the world bank, by March 2020, 405000 children were in enrolled in high schools across Ghana. About 75% of Ghanaian youth are pursuing secondary education, the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, and a jump from less than 50% a decade earlier1.
In support of Ghana’s free SHS system and to promote education in sub-Saharan Africa, FONAA Institute has set aside the last day of September of every year to raise awareness to the importance of education and to raise funds to ship books from the US to Ghana.
For 2021, in support of free SHS, FONAA Institute is seeking to fundraise 500,000$ to cover the cost of shipping 20 containers of books to Ghana.
Across West Africa, Ghana has the highest percentage of its youth in high school. Its neighbors Cote d’Ivoire has 55%, Burkina Faso has 41%, and Togo has 62% of their youth in high school.
FONAA is also working to reach out to Chad, Equatorial Guinea, and Niger, where less than 30% of the youth are in high school.
Robert Reich, author, economist, and a former labor secretary who served under US Presidents Ford, Carter and Clinton wrote that there are many reasons to believe that increased educational opportunity and achievement lead to social progress.
Secretary Reich and his team of contributing authors in writing about social progress stated among other goals that:
Education develops productive skills, and this is valuable for the individual, to advance in the labor market and for society, to improve and maintain prosperity and compete in a globalized economy.
Education can be a vehicle for equity and greater social inclusion, or when absent, poorly delivered or unfairly distributed, a vehicle for injustice and greater social exclusion2.
These two visionary statements above show that unless sub-Saharan Africa and minority communities in the US find ways to get the youth to get to school, stay in school and graduate from high school, economic opportunities would be limited.
Africa Education Initiative Textbooks Program –
Former First Lady Laura Bush and Former President Kufuor
Mrs. Laura Bush travelled to Ghana and launched Africa Education Initiative Textbook Program at Accra Teachers Training College on January 17, 2006. Mrs. Bush travelled to Accra with presidents of American universities and launched this program3.
AEITP expanded educational opportunities for Ghanaians and President Akufo-Addo has now extended free high school education to all. Mrs. Bush’s vision of the importance of education and the donation of textbooks is what has inspired FONAA Institute to support the vision of President Akufo-Addo.