Where we work

Our Charity Projects in Northern Ghana

Let Us Shine is a Scottish based charity dedicated to creating sustainable development projects in northern Ghana. The majority of Let Us Shine’s work is carried out in Kpandai which is one many districts in the Northern Region of north Ghana and has a population of 110,000.

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We decided to dedicate our work to helping children, families and communities in Kpandai, through fundraising and child sponsorship Kpandai is affected by a number of social and economic issues which have had a devastating effect on education levels, leading to high poverty rates and low standards of living.

We decided to dedicate our work to helping children, families and communities in Kpandai, through fundraising and child sponsorship Kpandai is affected by a number of social and economic issues which have had a devastating effect on education levels, leading to high poverty rates and low standards of living.

Why Ghana?

Despite the Ghanaian government’s commitment to education through the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) programme, there are thousands of children in Ghana who are denied the chance of an education. Poverty levels mean education costs are too expensive for families and in the north of Ghana, where the majority of the population are involved in agriculture, children are normally required by their parents to work and contribute to the family income, with education a low priority.

In many rural areas, alternative prospects to farming are limited, and where parents and ancestors did not receive formal education, it is not viewed as important. This is particularly evident in Northern Ghana where most families are only able to engage in subsistence farming, but their gradual exposure to organisations such as Let Us Shine, means the appeal of education and alternative livelihoods is increasing.

Life in the Northern Region of Ghana

  • Around 73% of the Northern Region’s population live in rural areas with poor access to primary or secondary education
  • Youth and adult literacy rates in the Northern Region are some of the lowest in Ghana
  • Enrolment in primary education in the Northern Region is around 20% below the national average, and only 16% of children living in the Northern Region are enrolled in secondary education
  • Many school class sizes are unmanageably large with in excess of 120 pupils in some cases, meaning the quality of education and support is low
  • Around 43% of 6-14 year olds in the Northern Region have never attended school; compared to 5% in neighbouring Greater Accra
  • Family sizes in the region are large, sometimes including eight children, meaning education can be expensive
  • Children are often put to work from the age of 4, missing out on education opportunities

Driver for change

It’s the aim of Let Us Shine to provide access to education facilities in the Northern region of Ghana.  We believe this will help children, families and communities in improving literacy and cognitive skills which will help them make informed choices about issues such as HIV and AIDS risks.  Education will also improve the employment opportunities available, helping to bring money into families and reduce poverty levels.