Gbanjon AME Zion School

Here are some documents and pictures showing how Salifu Baako, one of our representatives in Ghana enabled this school, through GSA, to obtain some essential school furniture.

Baaku meeting the school officials

A class with no desks

The new desks in use – 4 children to one desk

The Headteacher’s letter of thanks

Some members of the PTA with some teachers

Some feedback from Gung AME Zion Primary School and Zugu Dabogni Technical Institute

We have received the following very pleasing documents from Salifu Baaku, one of our representatives in Ghana.


The three pictures show the state of the doors before work was carried out, then afterwards, and finally some pupils in a classroom with no desks.


Here we have the Headteacher’s letter to Baaku, then the desks arriving, the handing over, the happy students and finally the happy staff!

AGM 2022

We held our AGM by zoom only on 16 June. About 20 people attended. I can report that we will continue with the present application for grants procedure, asking our representatives in Ghana to be intermediaries. So, no “windows” for the present, because we do not have the resources to meet demand. Your executive committee was re-elected, nem con, and we enjoyed a great slide presentation from our Hon Sec, Jo Hallett. The latest accounts can be viewed on our accounts page.

A message of support

I have permission to reproduce here the kind words of supporter Miles Stevenson from Sheffield, Yorkshire:

Dear Penny, Many thanks for the latest Newsletter. It is a huge pleasure to read about all the excellent work which Ghana School Aid is doing. I really like the little fundraising flyers you have included… indeed I have sent one to a friend already to encourage him to donate (we “swapped” charities after a 20km walk through the Peak District: I’ll do “bees” if he will do “Ghana”!). I think it would be a v. good idea to continue including a couple of fundraising flyers with future mailshots. A very good way of getting your supporters to spread the word. […] I wish all of you well, especially your new Chair – a great person to recruit. Best wishes from Yorkshire, Miles.

Report on the Covid19 pandemic in Ghana

This is a brief update on Education and Covid19 in Ghana.

There had been a gradual easing of restrictions on education, in response to the level of cases on Covid19 pandemic. Statistics on Ghana, as at September 9, 2020 are as follows:

Cases 45,188; Recovered 44,042; Deaths 283

On the bases of scientific advice, a scheme of phased return, in batches to school/university, for revision, examination and completion of academic calendar for 2019/20 was introduced but with strict adherence to the MOH/WHO protocols. (Washing hands, wearing face masks, social distancing)

University students in their final year, were to return to campus, to complete revision of academic work and examination on-line and/or on campus. Almost all the universities have now completed the outstanding academic work for the year and graduation ceremonies online have been held in recent weeks. Fresh Admissions in progress.

The final year Senior High School students returned to their schools for revision and WAEC examinations in July/August and they have also completed and awaiting results.

The Final Year Junior High School students are to return to School for revision and write their BECE examination in September.

The 2nd Year SHS and JHS students are to return to school from 5th October for revision and end of year examinations. Class sizes to be reduced to 25 SHS and 30 JHS.

Academic Calendar for Nursery, Primary and First Year JHS and SHS has been cancelled.

A new academic year will begin in January 2021. The Ministry of Education /Ghana Education Service is working out arrangements for the modification of the curriculum and length of the term to mitigate, over time, any deficiencies in academic work.

As part of these arrangements, all institutions were fumigated, PPEs and materials for hand washing were provided. Schools were attached to near-by hospitals and also set up sick bay for emergencies.

JHS students and teachers are being provided with one hot meal a day for the period that they will be in school.

Meanwhile the 7 December 2020, time for General Elections is drawing near the political parties are making various promises on Education and social services. These include: Continuation of Free Education from Primary to SHS, extension of free education to students in private schools, extension of Free education to Universities/or 50 percent fees plus student loans.

S Kofi Ohene

GSA Representative, Accra 9th September, 2020