For many years, the village of Brekumanso had a small school made of bamboo, mud and tin where students crowded into open classrooms. Thanks to a grant, a new, larger school has been built. Here, on the day of the new school’s dedication, two women gaze into a classroom window. Are they wishing they could have attended school when they were girls? Perhaps they are thinking of the bright futures of their children who will attend classes in this brand new school.
Photo © 2010 Marian Ruge
Peace Corps Volunteer
Ghana/Republic of Ghana
West Africa, on Gulf of Guinea, between Cote d’Ivoire & Togo. Mostly low plains with dissected plateau in south-central area. 238,533 km2 (slightly < OR), 18% arable.
Capital Accra (2.3M)
Population 25M (105.8/km2)
Life expectancy 62 years
Lang(s) Asante 15%, Ewe 13%, Fante 10%, Boron (Brong) 5%, Dagomba 4%, Dangme 4%, Dagarte (Dagaba), 4%, Akyem 3%, Ga 3%, Akuapem 3%, other (inc. English OFFICIAL) 36%
Religions Christian 69%, Muslim 16%, Trad. 9%, other 1%, none 6%
Ethnic Groups Akan 45%, Mole-Dagbon 15%, Ewe 12%, Ga-Dangme 7%, Guan 4%, Gurma 4%, Grusi 3%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other < 10%
Gov’t Constitutional Democracy
PCVs 1961-present (first to host PCVs); health, water sanitation, education, small business development, environment. Volunteers in country: 143; total to date: 4,199.
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 6 March (1957)