The Savannah Education Trust is a charity set up to provide an education for some of the poorest children in West Africa. We now have eight Christian schools in northern Ghana in the villages of Bagri, Gberi, Korh, Pavuu, Mettoh, Tungan- Zagkpee, Boo and (completed since the last newsletter) Baapari. The charity also ensures every schoolchild receives a meal each day and funds a number of teacher training scholarships to attract teachers to this remote and poor area. In this newsletter:
When we’ve done presentations in the past, we’ve shared a slideshow of some of the numbers behind Savannah – it’s a useful way to get across what’s happened since Savannah Education Trust was launched in 2005. Continue reading “Savannah in Numbers”→
Abu is a young boy living in a village near the Black Volta river in northern Ghana. He has no school to attend and his life is extremely difficult. His days are generally spent helping his parents, with household chores, with farming and with fishing. In periods when there is little food (particularly during the ‘dry season’) he is out in the savannah hunting for small animals to ease his hunger.
The story of Abu, and way in which Savannah Education Trust aims to help children like him, is told in this new film called Children of the Savannah. It can be viewed online, or is available as a DVD free of charge to supporters.
In October 2011 trustees of the Savannah Education Trust visited northern Ghana.
It was an important, busy and memorable visit. We landed in Accra, Ghana’s coastal capital, late in the evening and, after a welcome meal and a few hours rest, set off for the north of Ghana soon after dawn.
We were again reminded of the remoteness of the region, spending 16 hours travelling – initially through attractive hill country and past stalls of bright and exotic produce. Once past the bustling city of Kumasi in the centre of the country, the classic jungle eases into grassland (‘savannah’), the roads empty and the villages become noticeably poorer. The roads are dangerous, and we were thankful to arrive in Lawra late in the evening. Continue reading “Notes of a visit to Ghana”→
Of necessity most of the material on this website provides a British view of these villages in northern Ghana. Hence we were excited to receive recently some drawings produced by children attending our first school in Bagri. Continue reading “A schoolchild’s picture…”→
During November we received the following report from a British charity worker who had recently returned from Upper West Region of Ghana. She took the opportunity to see the new school building in the village of Gberi.
“It was interesting to see how things were progressing with the kindergarten and P1 class (first year of primary school) up and running – the two classrooms with a roof on! Charles Karbo explained the layout of the buildings, how the central area would have a flag in the middle where the children would gather to start the day at school and plans for a sports field. We walked to the bore hole which he said gave a plentiful water supply so served to aid irrigation of local fields and a drinking supply for animals as well as the school and local community.”
“The quickest route to one village is across marshy ground so they are planning to create a raised walk way to make access quicker and safer for the children. Charles explained the school had been placed in a location central to a few settlements to make it accessible to all. The area seemed so peaceful and calm, the place had a lovely atmosphere. Wonderful to see a community working with what they have and making the best of things!”
As of January 2011, the building work at Gberi is reaching its final stages.