Literacy School

1500 entrepreneurial girls and women and 500 men will have increased their income and improved their health conditions through basic literacy.

Local solution

When non-literate girls, women and men learn to read and write it will improve the quality of their work and life. Women in Ghana are generally enterprising, they are the backbone of the informal sector as they contribute the biggest to the economy of Ghana. However, many of these women are non-educated and lacked access to support systems such as non-formal education. The Nabdam Literacy School aims to fill this gap.

Restorative Seed Society (RSS) plans to replicate the successful Bolgatanga Literacy School initiative for women and girls in Nabdam District. This is in response to the request of smallholder farmers and other women groups in the area. The objective is to help them improve the quality of their work and life. The school provides informal classes to improve numeracy skills, reading, speaking and writing skills, basic arithmetic skills as well as general entrepreneurship and reproductive health education. The students are involved in topics or subjects that are discussed in the school.

Lives improved

1500 non-literate girls and women and 500 men will have increased their income and improved their health conditions through basic literacy. They are small entrepreneurs  involved in local markets and small holder farming. Some examples of what the adult students will learn include managing their time effectively, reading simple labels, interacting better with customers, carrying out simple calculations related to their businesses.

Results from RSS first literacy school showed that a number of students work as office workers because now they can read and write and some were admitted to for the National Vocational and Technical Institute exams, which allows graduates to work I governmental services like the police or fire services.

Community impact 

Studies show that access to literacy education for women can improve their lives and that of their families.

From experience RSS sees that some husbands initially resisted their wife’s participation in the literacy school, and later on they start supporting by accompanying them to school or by donating equipment for the school. Increased literacy will also enable women to help their children with their schoolwork. Moreover, evidence shows that educated women raise their confidence, are more likely to gain economic independence and more often engage in local governance.

Budget

The project requires GHS55,000 (or €8,032). The donations will be used for:

  • The purchase of basic equipment for the school, such as furniture and learning materials such as desks, marker boards, reading books (including printing copies of teaching manuals) and markers.
  • Field trips for classes visiting places like hospitals, banks and post offices to make students confident about using their facilities in the future.
  • (Refresher) training of teachers, also engaging the District Assembly for future support.
  • Transport fees of teachers moving to the teaching venue daily.
  • Monthly allowances for teachers
  • Recurrent expenses such as utility bills.

Every additional donation of €4 will result in one more student to access the literacy school, also in other communities that RSS works or start working.

Testimonials

  • I am a Caterer at the Zuarungu Senior High School in Bolgatanga and since joining the Bolgatanga Literacy School, my work has improved. I have recently been promoted to ‘Chief Cook’. Before joining the school, I could not read nor write. I’m now very confident in my work.

    Madam Vivian Akansong

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    Project Details

    • Project:
      Literacy School
    • NGO:
      RSS Foundation
    • Location:
      Ghana
    • Start date:
      June 25, 2021
    • End date:
      June 25, 2022

    About RSS Foundation

    Restorative Seed Society (RSS) is a local organisation based in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Established in 2007, RSS is committed to helping people and groups realise their full potential through the provision of a supportive environment that ensures the achievement of personal goals and collective goals. The literacy school project is one such initiative that is helping non-literate women and girls learn to read and write for an improved life.

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