Textbook Donation Program
FONAA’s Textbook Donation Program is a partnership with Books for Africa, Thriftbooks, and others, to supply books and school supplies to schools in Ghana. Every year, FONAA organizes a fundraiser to support this effort and FONAA is grateful to its partners.
FONAA sees education as the foundation in addressing poverty alleviation in Africa, and FONAA is seeking more partners in other African countries to receive and distribute book donations.
“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity - it is a prerequisite”, President Obama said.
To prepare Ghanaian students for the new world economy, President Akufo-Addo promised Ghanaians free high school education and he has delivered. Today, Ghana stands tall in West Africa as the country graduating the highest percentage of its boys and girls from middle and high school.
According to UNICEF, “Africa will experience a sharp rise in its child and youth populations over the next few decades – a demographic transition that offers a huge opportunity for growth and poverty reduction.
Africa’s prosperity will depend on whether children – particularly the most disadvantaged children – are prioritized in policy decisions being taken today. The policy and investment choices being made now will impact the well-being of Africa’s children and shape the continent’s future.
Children now account for almost half of all Africa’s population, and by 2055 Africa will be home to one billion children.
By the end of the century, it is projected that Africa will be home to nearly half of the world's children.”
UNICEF has tied prosperity in Africa to the choices African leaders make in sharing the national pie. African leaders have a choice to either invest in young boys and girls for brighter future or maintain perpetual poverty by neglecting its young people.
The benefits of higher education cannot be more ostensible in any one individual than looking at the life of President Obama. Based on his very humble upbringing by his grand-parents in Kansas and Hawaii, President Obama would not have had the opportunity to attend Pomona College, Columbia University and Harvard University if education in the US was reserved for the rich.
Higher education cannot be a luxury reserved just for a privileged few. It is an economic necessity for every family. And every family should be able to afford it,
Therefore, President Akufo-Addo, by making high school education free has opened the door of opportunity to all Ghanaian boys and girls. And not only that, President Akufo-Addo has set Ghana on a whole new trajectory that Ghanaian boys and girls will be active participants in the global economy.
To sustain the high participation of Ghanaian boys and girls in education, FONAA supports schools in Ghana via its textbook donation program. This textbook donation did not start with FONAA.
Former First Lady Laura Bush, after a trip back from Africa with former President George W. Bush, Mrs. Bush launched the Africa Education Initiative Textbook Program. She traveled back to Ghana and donated 25,000 books on January 17, 2006.
In fact, the Bush Family has supported education for the under-privileged for a long time. Former first Lady Barbara Bush through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Program encouraged reading and writing in low income households.
Middle School Completion
With more children graduating from middle school and President Akufo-Addo’s introduction of free high schools, every eligible boy of girl will proceed to high school after middle school. President Akufo-Addo is not only providing free high school tuition, but, in addition, President Akufo-Addo provides free uniforms and meals.
FONAA backs fully President Akufo Addo’s vision for Ghana and will support schools in Ghana. In addition, FONAA shall recognize individuals and organizations that partner with FONAA.
President Akufo-Addo promised Ghanaians free high school education and, indeed, this promise was implemented right in his first year as President of Ghana.
As expected, enrollment at the tertiary level has expanded tremendously over the past decades. The number of universities increased from just three in 1990 to 70 in 2014, while the tertiary GER skyrocketed from less than 2 percent at the beginning of the 1970s to 16.5 percent in 2015. The total number of tertiary students increased from merely 16,161 in 1980 to 444,000 in 2017 (per UIS data).
Tertiary enrollments doubled between 2009 and 2015 alone, jumping from 203,337 students to 417,534 students within just six years (UIS data)