GHANA, 2021

OAfrica proposed a new project called ‘Education for the future.’ This is a project implemented to enable orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children and adolescents to grow up in protected family settings with equal rights and to develop their potential so that they become independent adults. 

The project is spread over 2 years, from September 2021 to August 2023. 


Education for the Future focuses on fighting educational poverty which not only condemns children and young people to a life of hardship and of lack of opportunities but also exposes them to the danger of experiencing violence and abuse and becoming victims of various forms of exploitation. 

During the first year of the project, 45 people living in extreme poverty in the Greater Accra Region directly benefited from the intervention:

– 20 children aged between 10 and 17 and 10 boys aged between 18 and 24 at risk of dropping out of school and becoming victims of violence, abuse, and exploitation due to the context of poverty and hardship from which they come,

– 5 mothers, illiterate or semi-illiterate women, socially excluded, unaware of their own rights and those of their children.


In Ghana, 1 out of 6 people live in extreme poverty, and child poverty rates are alarming as 3.65 million children live in poverty and 1.2 million children live in extreme poverty. A crucial factor of poverty, which is capable of substantially undermining the growth and future of the youngest children, is their educational poverty. 

20 children and 10 teenagers live in extreme vulnerability due to the socioeconomic conditions of their families. In fact, OAfrica beneficiaries must meet at least 3 of the following inclusion criteria to be eligible for support programs:  

1) abandoned or at risk of abandonment  

2) orphaned of mother, father or both parents  

3) in institutional care or at risk of being put in institutional care  

4) with mentally unstable parents or caregivers  

5) affected by HIV – AIDS  

6) with learning difficulties  

7) excluded from the school system or without the possibility of continuing their education; 8) differently abled  

9) victims of child labor  

10) victims of child trafficking  

11) victims of abuse and maltreatment. 

Compared with the previous inclusion criteria, 87 percent of the children and young people who benefit from the Education for the Future project fall within the maximum vulnerability level and 13 percent in the degree of high vulnerability.