Wulugu Project village schools help meet UN Millennium Development Goal of Universal Primary Education. Northern Region of Ghana is very rural, with very few roads and many remote villages have no schools.
Ghana Education Service, to rectify this, does send teachers and equipment to some isolated villages but has a limited budget for buildings. The ‘Schools’ are then housed under trees, in straw verandas or in mud and thatch buildings built by the villagers with local materials. The strong winds and torrential rain of the ‘rainy season’ destroy these flimsy structures, the teachers ‘run away’ to find less challenging posts and the pupils stay away. The girls especially, if they are out of school, are found work on the family farm, caring for siblings or selling in the market and when the school reopens they do not return.
Wulugu Project, with the support and backing of the Chief’s, has built or renovated 40 remote village schools using ‘imported from Tamale’ cement, wood and galvanised roof panels and local labour. Weatherproof schools equipped with desks and some books are welcomed by enthusiastic parents and children alike with many classes of over 80 pupils. In these schools the girls stay and successfully complete the 6 year course. To encourage teachers to stay and work in the most remote villages we have built teacher quarters which provide basic safe rooms for teachers especially female teachers.