Building the Airfield School
The Airfield School was established in 1990 as a community school under the care of the Ministry of Education. There was no school building provided - only a make-shift shelter. At the request of the community, Pagus organized and funded the building of a new facility which it opened in 2010.
Setting: Volta Region, near Ho along the busy Lome Road. There are 6 acres of flat land.
Scope of Project: We built 8 classrooms plus office to house KG and primary school classes, a library, storage room, meeting room, Headmaster office, and sanitation facility with squatting toilets flushed with harvested rain water.
Community participation: The community supplied unskilled labor.
Government participation: The government donated 10 bags of cement and supplied new furnishings as well as new school uniforms.
Cost of Project and Funding: $52,000. Initial funding for this project was made largely possible by students and teachers from the Boston, NY and Philadelphia areas and friends and family of Shifra Raz and Benny Rubinstein.
Project Status: The primary school was completed March 2010, furniture and library shelving were delivered March 2011. Primary school children were incorporated into the government uniform and lunch program shortly after. Our library has a small selection of Ghanaian books and other books donated from school in the USA. In 2014 we temporarily relocated our Center for Achievement to the school. Our ambition is to build an independent facility near to the school.
We have a full-time volunteer and two full-time interns that run the Library and Center so it can be available to students and teachers daily.
Our primary goal is to provide greater assistance to the most vulnerable students and, when necessary, to help them with advocacy. This school, as we understand so many other rural schools, has a high incidence of teachers sexually abusing and harassing vulnerable girl students. Girls who have been targeted need counseling from professionals. We are currently seeking to find and engage qualified individuals to assist in this serious matter.
About the School:
School population: The school serves about 150 students from 8 surrounding villages: Wayanu, Fulanikorpe, Titrinu, Agbokorpe, Mafikorpe, Xedzrokorpe, Klomakorpe, Duncankorpe and Andokorpe. ('Korpe' in Ewe means village.) Each village was named after the first person to settle there, as is the case of most villages in Ghana.
Parents are mostly peasant farmers and there is a Fulani population that raises cattle.
Transportation: Students walk between 2 to 5 km to come to school. Teachers commute from the town of Ho. We hope to one day provide a school bus to transport students and teachers.
Government Commitment: The government provides free lunch and uniforms for the primary school. In 2011 the government committed to building a Junior High School and to providing electricity. In 2013 they delivered on the promise of electricity. We have been informed that the Junior High School project is postponed due to a land issue. We hope to see this resolved by 2015.
Partnership: In January 2012 a School Management Committee was officially established. The committee includes the Chief, Headmaster, and representation from parents, students, teachers, and Pagus. This committee is charged with establishing, prioritizing, and assisting goals to serve the members of the community.Read more