Volunteering in Tongo-Balungu School with VSO ICS, counterparts Frank Meacey and Alex Anim were surprised to find that students lacked exercise books and other materials for their studies. It was common to find students using one exercise book for three or four subjects. This was a huge problem for students and teachers alike. After spending three months in Balungu in the Upper East Region, having been touched by the plight of the children in Tongo-Balungu School and having learnt to be active citizens through the VSO ICS program, Frank and Alex were determined to make a change.
Inspired by their experience whiles volunteering, the returned volunteers decided to raise money and books for the children in Balungu School. Frank set up a page (www.booksforbalungu.org ) to raise funds from the UK and Alex designed a flier to source books and donations through social media. Alex then returned to Balungu to present exercise books and other materials to the students. This gesture brought smiles to the faces of the students and teaching staff.
This marked the beginning of the Project SDG 4, a campaign to provide students in rural communities with exercise books and other educational materials. This is a campaign to promote Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Alex is currently fundraising in a bid to donate exercise books and other educational materials to three schools in the Upper East Region as part of the Project SDG 4 campaign (www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/projectsdg4). Quality education is the key to improving lives and ensuring sustainable development. Efforts like these can go a long way to achieve universal education.
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