Why focus on early childhood education in rural areas?

The La’Angum Learning Center is located in the village of Bumboazio in the Langbinsi area of the East Mamprusi District in northern Ghana. The rural areas in the East Mamprusi district have less economic and social infrastructure and fewer services than the urban areas. Bumboazio and other surrounding villages do not have electricity or running water. Typically, women and girls collect water from wells or small rivers and transport it home to cater for all water needs.  Firewood, also collected by women and girls, is the main source of fuel for cooking and heating.

Northern rural Ghana remains far less developed, with fewer education facilities than the rest of the country. Many children in the rural areas do not go to school, and many, especially girls, drop out of school to help out at home. The literacy rate in the local Mampruli language is 10%, and in the official English language, below 30%.

PAMBE Ghana was founded on the principle that quality primary education is a prerequisite to successful educational outcomes in later years, and to building sustainable communities in the East Mamprusi district and the country at large.

PAMBE Ghana works with local villages to provide quality basic education that is accessible to children in poor, rural and underserved areas. The PAMBE Ghana education model links culture, mother tongue-based bilingual instruction, literacy and experimental learning methods, adapted to the Ghanaian rural context, to achieve better educational outcomes. As PAMBE Ghana progresses in developing this innovative model, the organization intends to support existing public schools interested in adapting and applying this approach.