A group of primary schoolchildren hold hands and laugh as they play outside in the schoolyard.
VSO/Teresa Menka

Ghana

We've worked in Ghana since 1958, strengthening inclusive education systems and supporting people to develop sustainable and resilient livelihoods.

Inclusive education

Young children smile as they sit on the floor of their classroom
VSO/Faye Goldman

We're supporting some of Ghana's most vulnerable and marginalised children to access the education they deserve.

We work with the Ghana Education Service and local communities, training teachers and providing the resources and expertise needed to make classrooms accessible to all children – no matter their gender, circumstances, or specific needs.

Our Teaching Education Needs Inclusively (TENI) project has increased primary enrolment by 18% in some of Ghana’s most marginalised communities, and supported children with disabilities to stay in education: in 2017-18, 79% of TENI participants with disabilities progressed from one school year to the next.

We’ve established Girls’ Clubs in 60 schools, which support vulnerable girls to stay in education, and work to overcome the barriers, such as child marriage and pregnancy, that can prevent girls progressing to secondary education.

Resilient livelihoods

Cocoa farmer Abiba leans on a cocoa tree with ripening pods

We're empowering smallholder farmers to capitalise on the growing global demand for quality cocoa.

Through our partnership with Mondelez International, we’re supporting farming communities in rural Ghana to capitalise on the growing global demand for high-quality cocoa. Our expert volunteers have helped hundreds of cocoa-growing communities to improve their knowledge and understanding of sustainable agricultural methods, leading to yields increasing by 37% and income rising by 49%.

We also train farmers to diversify their income and pursue additional income-generating activities, such as rearing livestock or making crafts for sale. In doing so, communities become more resilient to shocks and market fluctuations. By establishing village-based savings associations and action committees, we’re supporting members to access finance and re-invest profits in essential development projects, including improving school, health and transport infrastructure.

Increasing profits for cocoa farmers

Contact us

We work with a number of partners including Ghana Education Service, Mondelēz International, Comic Relief, Olam and Child Rights International.

If you are interested in supporting our work, or if you have another query, get in touch:

Postal address: VSO Ghana, PO Box AN6526, Accra North, Ghana
Office location: House No. F58/5 Clotey Close, Labone, Accra, Ghana

Tel: (+233) 30 2773 775 / 710 / 781
Fax: (+233) 302 774 016
Email: vsoghana@vsoint.org

Volunteer with us

We are always looking for more skilled specialists.

Find out more about volunteering with us in Ghana


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16-year-old Nirmala smiles with her friend, who is carrying a pile of schoolbooks.

Education system strengthening

Developing inclusive education systems that leave no child behind.

Ugandan female farmer carries grain on her head as part of VSO's YELG project
VSO/Ginny Lattul

Resilient rural livelihoods

Supporting fairer outcomes for agricultural communities.