Thanks to each and everyone of our supporters who joined together to ensure more children can complete their education by supporting our Time to Shine appeal.
The UK government backed appeal raised over £1.21 million to support our locally led projects educating Ghana’s future generations. The appeal won support from the UK government for its focus on local empowerment to promote education as the most sustainable route out of poverty and demand more from Ghana’s Education Service.
As the Ghanaian government pledges to move beyond aid, AfriKids are investing in locally led solutions focussed on educating the next generation; plugging gaps between government policies and practice but with the intention that the Ghana Education Service will absorb their activities and sustain them in the future. Match funding from the UK government, raised through the Time to Shine appeal, will support over 18,000 children to complete their Basic Education and help them on a path to becoming economically active members of society.
The appeal also had support from broadcaster and TV personality, June Sarpong MBE, who joined AfriKids to help build a sustainable future for her country of heritage, away from poverty.
June, who was appointed an MBE for her services to broadcasting and charity and has been a passionate advocate for human rights causes including Make Poverty History, said:
“My education is the foundation my whole life was built on and when I think about the potential that is wasted because children are missing out on school, it’s a no brainer to me that we need to fix that.”
Ghana boasts an impressive enrolment rate of 95% for primary school, but according to Ghana’s Ministry of Education, 6 out of 10 children are forced to drop out of primary education by the pressures of poverty, and it is even higher in the rural north where AfriKids works.
Thirteen years ago, AfriKids helped Gabriel with around £100 to complete his education. Gabriel, pictured back top right, now holds a degree and a master’s degree, and he has been able to pay for his younger siblings to complete their educations too.