Gomoa Akroful project : Constructing
a durable KG classroom and sanitary blocks
The construction is finished ! Have a look to the works, click here
A few words on the project...
Improve the living
conditions of children of
Gomoa Akroful and their families, through
access to quality education by providing essential infrastructural needs.
Gomoa Akroful, 4000 inhabitants, a small town in the Central
Region, of southern Ghana
A nursery school in poor
condition, and no functional toilets for the schools
kindergarten was built
a few years ago,
with the means at hand,
just some wooden boards structure.
This was supposed to be a provisional classroom block.
Despite the commitment and
competence of teachers, it had become difficult to provide
the children of Gomoa Akroful with quality
education in such conditions.
Parents were reluctant to
let their children study in
makeshift shelter, and the nursery enrollment had
declined from year to year : in September 2014, primary school had 362 pupils, and only 29 kindergarten pupils!
town decided to react with a plan to build a real permanent building
for the nursery and toilets for the entire schools - nursery and primary. Lack of
resources has led the local
councilor to contact SANKOFA
to accompany them in the project
design and assist in the
mobilization of financial resources. Thus began the partnership between Gomoa Akroful and Sankofa.
The project : Construction
of classrooms and toilet
blocks, training and awareness activities
The project took a
year, with the new nursery
block fully operational in
September 2016. The actions
- Create a local Early
Development Committee, and training
of its members on their
mission, role and responsibilities;
of two kindergarten classrooms,
store room and a toilet
training workshops with
representatives of civil society on the local development project
- 2 community awareness meetings
- An open day at the primary
school : sensitization of parents and pupils on the needs
of early childhood education.
the town of Gomoa Akroful as initiator and main partner of the project. The local
Assemblyman, Mr QUARM, actively
participated in the development and definition of the project and
brought in his expertise and
field experience into the realization
of the project.
The project was executed by a
Steering Committee of 8
people including a representative of Sankofa. Both
services (Education and Public Works) of the decentralized administration of the Gomoa East District (equivalent
of a French department) supported in the design of the infrastructure, played a supervisory role,
provided school equipment and
allocation of teachers. The construction of the blocks was entrusted to a local building artisan. The
inhabitants of Gomoa-Akroful also
contributed to the
construction by providing communal labour.
To ensure success in the long term, the project
relies in part, on
existing institutional structures, including
the Parents and Teachers Association
(PTA), the Town Planning
and the Schools
Management Committee (SMC). Creating
a local Early
and Development Committee will ensure the sustainability of
the project by playing its role in the
joint management of the
project has received the financial support from the Regional
Council of Ile-de-France,
the District Council of Yvelines, and the Agency of Micro-Projects.