Meet Fuseina Issah (center), a student in grade six at Nsuta Nyamebekyere junior high school. She’s 13 years old and her favorite class is English.
Fuseina’s school faces many challenges: Several old classrooms in the school are in disrepair and will need to be replaced. The schools also lack access to clean water so students leave school to gather water three times a day; there is a chart that lets them know when it’s their turn.
Also, the school still has only a unisex bathroom which is a particular problem for girls who are menstruating and need privacy. Without a separate area for girls, many of them will miss days of school, having a serious impact on their education.
Providing 10,000 children in cocoa growing communities in West Africa with improved access to education is a new focus area for Join My Village. With support from our partners, CARE is helping communities ensure that students go to school by building and expanding classrooms, improving teachers’ training and skills, encouraging parents to send their children to school, rather than have them work in the fields, and providing books and other learning materials.