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Our association EDUCATION IS GOLDEN was started in November 2020 and has the aim to democratize education in the weaving communities that we work with. Education is expensive in Ghana, families must not only pay fees but provide uniforms and books. As the weavers often work part-time, combining farming and other tasks within the communities, paying for school fees, uniforms and books can be a strain on the families and not always the priority. Younger children often stay home, and older teenagers may halt their education too early. The aim of the association is to help all members of the community to educate their children.
We hope that by the end of 2021 we can start our first initiative. Watch this space…
We work with two weaving communities in Bolgatanga, one of them is supervised by a couple who also run a charitable association supporting women’s health and education. The weaving of the lamps has been a great challenge allowing the weavers to earn more and develop their skills. Workers are guaranteed good pay, we also help them to develop their business by partnering with other companies.
We know that for communities to maintain sustainable access to education, they must have full ownership of the services installed. We work with the communities to develop every initiative, and local coordinators run training programs which support local teachers with the maintenance and integration of technology into their existing teaching goals and learning outcomes.
The result? Community members will not have to rely on long-term Simbi Foundation support and can instead pave their own way forwards, boosting self-reliance.