Sabre’s Brighter Futures Programme, which is delivered through Building Playful Schools and delivering Transformational Teacher Training, operates in the Central and Western Regions, which lay side by side on the southern coast of Ghana in West Africa. In 2019 we also began working across four districts in the Eastern Region of Ghana which is bordered by the Central Region to the south.
Sabre’s Transformational Teacher Training programme reaches far beyond southern Ghana through a partnership with Opportunity Edufinance, who are taking our teacher training methodology throughout their network of low-fee private schools in Ghana and beyond (including Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania).
The Central Region of Ghana can be largely divided into the coast and marsh land. It is the second most densely populated region in Ghana and nearly 40% of the region’s people have never been to school. Agriculture is the main occupation for both men and women and while there is a low unemployment rate, there is a problem of working children and literacy rates are at just 50%.
The Western Region of Ghana is the wettest region in Ghana and is endowed with considerable natural resources, which gives it an economic significance in the context of the nation’s development. The highest level of educational attainment for most women in the region is primary education and there are high attrition rates between primary and junior high school.
The Eastern Region of Ghana occupies 8.1% of the total land area of Ghana, and is the sixth largest region of the country. Agriculture is the main economic activity in the Region and employs about 53% of the population. Incidence of poverty increased from 17.8 in 2006 to 21.7 in 2016, according to UNICEF’s 2016 Ghana Inequality and Poverty Analysis report.
National and local government authorities have identified that a quality early education is one of the key measures to challenge prevailing cycles of poverty, and recent national policies reflect this commitment to giving children the best possible start to their education.