I'm Fiona Buckmaster. During the first half of 2012 I spent five months as a volunteer, teaching
science at the Victory Assemblies of God International School (VAGIS) in Akim Achiase in Ghana.
Like the vast majority of schools in Ghana, VAGIS is a privately run church school.
Schooling in Ghana is underfunded, with a reliance on 'talk and chalk' in large class groups, text books only for teachers, and no practical aids whatsoever. Teachers are poorly paid and it is often not seen as a lifelong career.
VAGIS is a successful school, with over 400 pupils from kindergarten age to around eighteen, and has been continually expanding.
Inevitably this leads to resources being stretched, with almost every classroom housing multiple
class groups, separated only by free-standing dividers. Though I've now returned to Scotland, I'm
committed to helping the children of Ghana in whatever way I can, and am hoping for a long
association with the school, Ghana, and it's people.
Support Ghana aims to assist schools like VAGIS by funding the construction of new educational facilities and providing jobs for local craftsmen. Building in Ghana is both basic and cheap, and for a relatively small amount we can provide more space, enabling schools to overcome some of their present difficulties and ultimately providing an education to more young Ghanaians.
Our initial project raised over 7,500 Ghana Cedi (over £2,200) to fund the building of a new classroom block.
Construction of this project is currently in progress.
We are so grateful to all of our supporters who have donated so far. For updates on our latest fundraising schemes, visit our Facebook page here.
Support Ghana is the winner of the 2013 Adrian Evans Award for Charitable Projects, presented by HRH Princess Anne, and the winner of the 2014 Matthew Reid Award.
All donations to Support Ghana will go directly to helping children in Ghana.
Please visit the Donate page to see how you can help. Thank you.