In 2017 the Ghanaian government unveiled a program to make public school free for all students. However, school does not come without associated costs (even for the impoverished), and many students cease attending school upon reaching middle school or high school. Additionally, at the high school level overcrowding is a major concern that can lead to increased competition for finite classroom space. Students in poorer communities are exceedingly less like to be admitted to high school due to low exam scores and lack of access to extra educational support. SSEP offers scholarships to select children that would not otherwise have such an opportunity to attend school.
Our holistic scholarships are based on individual need and are inclusive of but not limited to all school related fees, uniforms, textbooks, health care for the student and their siblings, transportation to and from school, tutoring and additional family support throughout the school year.
CHALLENGE: COST OF ATTENDANCE
The costs associated with attending public school are high in Ghana. Low income families are often forced to keep their children home from school because of these expenses. Many children are engaged in child labor to save money so that they can attend school.
CHALLENGE: COMPETITION FOR CLASSROOM SPACE
Overcrowding is a major concern that can lead to increased competition for a ﬁnite amount of classroom space. Public high schools have such extreme overﬂow that the government has introduced a shift system, cutting class time in half for many students.
CHALLENGE: LACK OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT
Students in poorer communities are exceedingly less like to be admitted to high school due to low exam scores and lack of access to extra educational support.
ALONG WITH OTHER RELATED SERVICES
Scholarships also cover expenses that can prevent a student from attending class. These include healthcare for the student and their siblings and additional family support throughout the school year.
During school breaks, we offer paid internship opportunities for select scholarship students. After graduation from high school, internships are available to students which include competitive stipends, as well as college fund contributions to further support them in their transition to Higher Education.