New classrooms will change lives in Ghana
Our business development manager sees the need for change at schools and shares how facilities are improving
By Maggie Zeng, new business development & grants manager, Toronto
Franklin D. Roosevelt had it right: “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” I experienced this truth during my recent trip to Ghana where I met John Naporo (below), who earned his teaching diploma with support from Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC).
Through the generosity of our donors, CCFC can support young people like John, so they can learn skills to serve communities such as Kpinchilla in Ghana. And, John is inspiring his students, as are his colleagues. Indeed, CCFC has seen impressive growth in the education system in Ghana, but the needs are still tremendous.
Due to the rising population and enrolment of primary school children, an early-childhood development centre (above), funded by CCFC and ChildFund Korea — one of our ChildFund Alliance partners — is now home to students from the overflowing Kpinchilla Primary School. One classroom is available for 150 children who need early-childhood care, while the remaining three rooms are shared by primary students.
But, there’s hope. Thanks to support from ChildFund Korea, the construction of six new classrooms is underway. The new facility will accommodate 300 primary students.
Now girls, like ones I met, have a better chance to reach their goals to become teachers or nurses. They may even return to serve their community, just like their teacher, Mr. Naporo, has done.
With our collective efforts, I hope we will encourage change that will create a healthy environment where all students are safe and empowered to exercise their rights and achieve their full potential. Children are our future, after all.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.