About Ghana, West Africa
Basic history and facts:
Formerly known as Gold Coast
Colonized by the British
Independence: March 6, 1957
Regions: 16 (similar to the U.S. States)
Population: Over 29 million (World Bank, 2018)
First President: Kwame Nkrumah
Official language: English
Six (6) years of primary education. Primary education comprises of Elementary and Middle school
Three (3) years of Junior High School (JHS)
Three (3) years of Senior High School (SHS, Similar to U.S. Senior High)
Four (4) years of a College or a University.
Four Challenges for Needy Students in Ghana
Cost of tuition and housing:
With monthly incomes as low as $85 for those without a college degree, many families with low socioeconomic status cannot fund their children’s higher education.
Disparities in access to education between rural and urban regions:
Students may have to travel hundreds of miles from their homes and support systems to obtain a college education.
Limited access to federal/government and private student loans:
Students and their families are unable to get student loans because they lack formal employment required to secure them.
Lack of educational materials, learning supplies, and technology resources:
Even the most basic laptop is beyond reach for many students.