Sabre’s Brighter Futures Programme operates in the Central and Western Regions, which lay side by side on the southern coast of Ghana in West Africa.
The Central Region can be largely divided into the coast and marsh land. It is the second most densely populated region in Ghana and nearly 40% of the region’s people have never been to school. Agriculture is the main occupation for both men and women and while there is a low unemployment rate, there is a problem of working children and literacy rates are at just 50%.
The Western Region is the wettest region in Ghana and is endowed with considerable natural resources, which gives it an economic significance in the context of the nation’s development. The highest level of educational attainment for most women in the region is primary education and there are high attrition rates between primary and junior high school.
National and local government authorities have identified that a quality early education is one of the key measures to challenge prevailing cycles of poverty, and recent national policies reflect this commitment to giving children the best possible start to their education.