Project Story: Ghana Cape Coast

In 2019, Bill and Melinda Gates wrote a letter about some of the biggest surprises they have seen in Africa, many of which HumanitarianXP has also discovered:

“The world keeps getting older, but Africa stays (nearly) the same age. In every part of the world, people are living longer. As more children survive to adulthood, women are having fewer kids than ever before. . . except in Africa. The median age there is just 18. In North America, it is 35. If sub-Saharan Africa commits to investing in its young people, the region could double its share of the global labor force by 2050, unlocking a better life for hundreds of millions of people.”

In Ghana, 25 percent of the overall population are illiterate and 60 percent are never enrolled in lower secondary education. This means that almost half of primary school-aged children are dropping out of school before they reach secondary education (around 6th grade). 

This summer, HumanitarianXP Builders will be constructing two additional classrooms at an 115 year-old school that is well-known for its great education but lacking in facilities that can provide quality education. It is currently overcrowded and in desperate need of new structures as the old ones are falling apart. These new classrooms will provide a positive and safe environment of learning for current students and enable the school to accept even more students.  These classrooms will ensure that the children can have a safe environment for learning and remain in school during the monsoon season and the hottest part of the summer. Infrastructure is critical to education and in Ghana, like the rest of the world, education changes everything. 

Source: Gates Foundation, UNESCO