Children with disabilities in Northern Ghana are often neglected. The community isn’t sure how to best support them, meaning many are ignored, left out of school and mistreated.
Education is a direct route out of poverty. But for children with disabilities, access to a classroom is often denied. In Africa, it is estimated that less than one in ten children with disabilities attends primary school.
Mary Loureth Carnable is a disability specialist volunteering with VSO in Ghana as part of VSO’s ‘Tackling Education Needs Inclusively’ (TENI) project. The project aims at ensuring vulnerable children such as girls and children with disabilities have access to an education. Last year the TENI project reached over 17,000 children in Northern Ghana, including 1,200 children with disabilities.
In Lindi, Tanzania, exam results are among the lowest in the country and many students drop out of school early. English teacher, Rebecca Ngovano, has been working alongside VSO volunteer Paul Jennings to try and change this.
One year ago today, the first of two massive earthquakes tore through Nepal. Their wake of devastation claimed nearly 9,000 lives and left hundred of thousands of people homeless.
The generous response to our emergency appeal, to the tune of £700,000, made a huge difference to people in dire need. But a year on, Nepal is still in a bad way.
Alphonsine loves her job as a special needs teacher, but without proper training she was struggling to turn her classroom at Ngwino Nawe into a dynamic and engaging space. That all changed after receiving support from a VSO volunteer.
Any visitor to Joseph’s house will soon know all about his 12-year-old daughter, Olivenne. Joseph proudly displays the school report cards which show that, despite being born deaf, Olivenne is progressing well.
Educating girls is one of the most powerful ways to reduce poverty, grow household incomes and improve gender equality.
Our latest research in Northern Uganda has uncovered shockingly negative attitudes to girls’ education held by families and even teachers. It highlights the extent of the challenge we face in getting today’s girls through school.
This week we’re celebrating 22-year-old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon, who’s travelling hundreds of miles to volunteer in Cambodia.
Tania is a former refugee from the DRC and is an aspiring midwife – but those aren’t the only things that make her special. She’ll be the 20,000th young person to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
Ken Longden explains how his reluctant decision to join a social network led to inspiring reconnections with people touched by his contribution as a VSO volunteer teacher in Nigeria in the 1970s.
Children in schools across Tanzania are much better at reading thanks to special ‘box library’ programmes, fostering a love of books at a cost of just £1.88 per child.