Less than half of children in Ghana attend secondary education.
In Ghana, there are currently seven SOS Schools and four SOS Nurseries. These facilities provide education to children from SOS Villages and from the wider community. Staff members are well trained and the resources available to students are of a high standard. Below you can find an overview on a selection of the SOS Children education projects.
Emmanuel lived in the SOS Children’s Village at Tema. Through the SOS schools he received a good early education and went on to study business accounting and IT at senior high school. Now he is a trained Microsoft Certified Engineer and works to provide IT solutions.
Asiakwa : SOS Schools
The SOS Nursery at Asiakwa has around 100 children, with approximately half coming from our SOS village.
- The children learn the French language at nursery and by the time they go to Primary school, they should have a vocabulary of around 100 French words.
- The young children have the opportunity to learn some ICT, because the nursery now has a computer.
The SOS Primary and Junior School at Asiakwa has around 300 students, around 50 coming from the SOS village.
- Academic results at the school are high, with pupils often coming 1st to 5th in the B.E.C.E District league. The school runs various academic competition through the year, such as spelling and quiz competitions.
- Pupils at the school take part in a number of sports, such as cross country running and regular friendly games are organised with teams from other schools in the area.
Tema : SOS Schools
The SOS Nursery at Tema has approximately 200 children, most coming from the local community and around 30 from our SOS village.
- A wide range of learning activities take place at the nursery and the teachers are well-qualified in Early Childhood Education.
- Sports days are held at the school, when children take part in dressing-up games and in races such as the ‘Lime and Spoon’ and Sack race. All of the competitors are given a little gift, such as rulers and erasers.
The SOS Primary and Junior School at Tema has over 600 students, less than 100 of whom are from the SOS village.
- B.E.C.E results are good and pupils are also encouraged to take part in academic competitions such as Spelling Bees. One year, a student travelled with one of the teachers to take part in the International Spelling Bee in Washington DC, USA.
- Pupils are encouraged to take part in extracurricular and sporting activities. A set of musical instruments was donated to the school from Norway and this allowed pupils to learn new music skills.
SOS International College Ghana
The SOS International College, located in Tema, is a senior secondary school set up in 1990 and attended by talented young people from all over Africa. The students graduate with an internationally recognised baccalaureate and are then able to study at almost any university in the world.
The school comprises 15 classrooms, six special laboratories for science, languages and computer lessons, an audio & video room, a library, a school canteen with a dining hall, an administration and service area with a small clinic, a multipurpose hall with a gym and a swimming pool. The 260 students, educators and teachers are also accommodated on the premises.
The college seeks to focus pupils' attention on the development of Africa in order to instil a sense of social responsibility and commitment to the continent in line with the college's motto “Knowledge in the service of Africa”. The school has close links with United World Colleges and is a full member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and the International Schools Association (ISA).
As part of the curriculum, pupils at the college participate in community outreach activities. Recent projects have included literacy programmes, helping in homes for disabled persons, clean water supply. In recognition of these community programmes the college was awarded the 1996 Robert Blackburn Award.