As a science teacher with ICT skills, the volunteer will work for one year in Kongo village in Ghana, to improve the access to quality education and to train people in many different settings, such as trainings for local youth, members of cooperatives, teachers and students. One of the main activities for the volunteer is to facilitate the school link activities in about 20 schools – mostly filming clips of children’s lives from Ghana and uploading to the webpage https://foodforthoughtmondo.wordpress.com/ and facilitating the joint skypes for the students and supporting other educational activities in Kongo village. Kocda has a long-term experience in the cooperation with schools and Ministry of Education, there are over 20 schools in the area and it is an interesting position for a science teacher, as there is highly limited possibility for any practical tests and exercises in the science classes for students and the volunteer teacher could organise the practical tests and exercises. The volunteer will also facilitate the distribution of support and monitor the ongoing study results for approximately 150 sponsored school children. The volunteer is also expected to work in cooperation with the ICT volunteer teacher and to take over some of his/her tasks after 6 months. In general, this position offers very diverse opportunities to improve the quality of education in Kongo village, however, very independent planning and implementing skills and patience are required, as well as clear understanding of what it means to live for a year in a rural area in Africa with tough climate, limited options for food, basic living conditions and limited access to internet.
General expected results: building the resilience of the most vulnerable community members in Kongo Village Ghana affected by financial constraints, through increasing their ability to earn income independently thanks to an improved access to quality education.
Kongo Community Development Association [KoCDA] is a community based organization in West Africa, Ghana, precisely in Kongo of the Upper East region. The Organization seeks an active individual to play an integral role in various stages of the organizations journey towards helping to leverage existing partnership projects already being implemented in close collaboration with European partners, particularly, Mondo of Estonia. We currently undertake shared activities on butter extraction, basket weaving tree plantation and animal rearing with women groups, work with schools and health clinics.
Operational details & security context
Kongo community is in the Upper East region of Ghana, in a countryside, hilly and valley-like community to which Europeans can easily adapt although the difference in the tropical weather and environment. Ghana is a secular country. Three main religions are practiced: African Traditional Religion (5.2%), Christianity (71.2%), and Islam (17.6%). Kongo village is predominantly a Christian/catholic community but very opened to people of different faiths. There is good inter-ethnic/racial relationship. Community members are very open to visitors and Kongo Village has a good reputation of hosting Europeans in the last two decades without any single incidence of security threat. The people are generally welcoming people. There are no tensions between settler and non-settler Communities. There are local police officers that volunteers can reach out to, should they be in an insecure situation. There are a number of local health facilities that can handle minor health issues, but there is also a regional referral Hospital, reasonably resourced with well trained medical staff and equipment as well as medication. It is possible to be evacuated within 3 to 4 hours to the National Capital, Accra for serious health or any other related emergency. There is a national ambulance system that can reach rural areas.