District of Columbia, DC -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/29/2013 -- According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Ghana’s illiteracy rate is 50%; for women it surpasses 60%. In Konko, where 75% of the students are girls, no student had entered high school, in over ten years, until 2012. Barriers that produce this stat and ensure a cycle of poverty include failure to pass the admissions test due to weak literacy skills, limited supplies, decrepit classrooms, lack of adequate teacher training, and the inability to pay the $1000 annual tuition.
The mission of the Literacy, Empowerment, and Action Project (L.E.A.P.) is to create sustainable literacy, school improvement, & girl’s mentoring programs that expand educational opportunities and strengthen communities in Ghana.
Last year, L.E.A.P. provided more than 150 books to Konko’s school and modeled read-aloud strategies for teachers. With the males in the village, they built bookshelves & created the first library. They conducted leadership training for a girl’s literacy club in Accra and awarded their first L.E.A.P. high school scholarship to the first girl in the history of the village.
This September 26 – October 6, 2013, LEAP, led by Award-winning Author and Literacy Activist Kwame Alexander and Author & Women’s Empowerment Leader Tracy Chiles McGhee, will return for Phase II. They are honored that Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned Poet/Writer, Educator, and Activist, will be joining them. Ms. Giovanni has expressed her excitement in embarking upon this next journey with LEAP and a delegation of 20 activists, professionals, and writers.
Contributions received through Indiegogo will be spent on
- Global Literacy Summit for 300 Ghanaian teachers
- Konko Village Girls Scholarship Fund
- Building and School-related Supplies and Materials
Indiegogo Page: http://bit.ly/10YOORf
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