Ghana

Partner Since Sector Region
AGREDS 1991  Education Northern Region
Program period Beneficiaries Budget Room for funding
2011 - 2015 7.500 children € 1.051.240 € 190.000

Partner 
The Assemblies of God Relief and Development Services (AGREDS) is a faith-based development NGO that coordinates all the development and relief programs of the Assemblies of God Church in Ghana. Since the late 1940s, the Assemblies of God Church has operated clinics in Northern Ghana. AGREDS was formerly registered as an NGO in 1991. Since then, AGREDS has played key roles in rural health care delivery, facilitation of integrated rural development, vocational skills training, and emergency relief & rehabilitation.

Program
WSN and AGREDS implement a joint education program aimed at strengthening the education systems of the Saboba, Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo, East Mamprusi, and Talensi/Nabdam districts. Activities include the construction of 8 three-classroom blocks, 15 teacher quarters, 8 water systems, 8 toilet blocks, and 8 Girls Changing Rooms (GCR), the furnishing of 24 classrooms, and the training of 15 WASH clubs, 15 Girls clubs, and 24 head teachers and assistants. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports this program with an amount of € 692.713.

Beneficiaries
Through this program 7.500 rural children will have better access to quality education. This group includes 5 community schools with an attendance of 1.500 pupils each, among whom 250 especially targeted girls. People in the program districts are predominantly farmers. The food insecurity and the lack of access to basic services, such as education, health care, water, and sanitation has made life difficult for many people in the three northern regions of Ghana, where nearly 80% are classified as poor.

Impact
An independent evaluation of the Education Programme implemented by WSN and AGREDS in Northern Ghana from 2007 to 2010 concluded that it has helped to improve enrolment and retention rates at selected primary and junior high schools. Additionally, the program has contributed significantly to gender parity index in selected basic schools. Go to the sidebar on the right to read the full report.