The SYC is closely in touch with several schools in the Saboba district and cooperates closely with them to offer the students better education and a brighter future.
School attendance in Ghana is compulsory up to ninth grade. This corresponds to elementary school (first to sixth grade) as well as junior high school (JHS, seventh to ninth grade). The senior high school (SHS, tenth to twelfth grade), often a boarding school, is open to the most successful JHS graduates. Since a large reform of the education system in 2017 no school fees are required to attend schools. However, many families do not have the means to offer their children higher education, as accommodation in a boarding school and the stationery required in classes are expensive.
But there are also many pupils that have trouble even finishing the JHS, especially female pupils. They are more frequently kept at home to help with chores, and in each year several girls drop out of school because they become pregnant.
The SYC works against these trends by cooperating with the school in Saboba and its surroundings. SYC volunteers regularly offer information events for the students, especially when the finals are approaching. They educate about possible career prospects and possibilities for further education but also contraception.
Thanks to donations to Biyoom e.V., some female schoolchildren from poor families receive a scholarship by the SYC to continue their education at a SHS, with which their accommodation and transport costs are paid.
Many families in Saboba hope for their children to become teachers of nurses (both of which are tertiary education in Ghana). These jobs offer financial security, but the tuition fees for the universities are too high for many families. However, some families participating at the local savings groups of the SYC were able to finance the fees by themselves by taking on a loan from the group.
Supporting projects in the field of education remains an important priority for the SYC and thus also Biyoom e.V. To do this, we will continue to be in touch with the schools and report on the activities implemented at schools by the SYC.