“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Our partners Project Share work in the Gushegu district of the Northern Region of Ghana, which is developmentally behind most other regions in the country.

Education standards are low with only half of all primary school children going to school and between 85-98% of children dropping out before reaching secondary school.

Of those children finishing primary education 80% cannot read well enough to understand their lessons.

Our work

Neesim Primary School seeks to be different. 

Opened in 2009 and serving three villages, it is set up to model good practice and become a training and resource facility for local schools, so that standards in education can be improved for all.

The school currently has 300 children and 13 teachers.   The school follows the Ghanaian curriculum and focuses on the foundational skills of reading and maths. In an inherently muslim community, the school also seeks to be counter cultural, modelling Christian values of love and care to children. 

Transforming Lives

Results from the school are impressive.  Neesim is now helping 100% of children to transition successfully to secondary school.

£35 supports a teacher for a month. 

Rope's funding has been used to invest heavily in local people to be teachers.  We specifically fund those working in the early years foundation stage of the school, where children are taught pre-reading, writing and maths skills.  The school uses the children’s mother tongue, Dagbani, in the early years before moving them onto learning in English.

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Mawusi 

Mawusi, 14, has been attending Neesim Primary School for 5 ½ years.  He is youngest of 6 children and lives with his widowed mother. 

“Before I started at Neesim I lived in a different village. I didn't start school until I was nine as my family is very poor.

I found learning difficult, but my teacher was kind and taught me well.  Now I am in Primary 6 and I find it all much easier - I got the second highest in the maths exam recently!  I feel proud. 

We don’t have books at home so the school library is great.  We are reading Michael Morpurgo books at the moment and my favourite one. 

When I grow up I want to be a doctor but I will have to work hard so I can succeed.”