BFSS welcomes the opening of the new model kindergarten school in Dominase, KEEA Municipality, Ghana, built by The Sabre Charitable Trust in partnership with the KEEA Municipal Assembly, Ghana Education Service and Arup. BFSS supported this project with a grant of nearly £20,000 and is continuing to collaborate with Sabre Trust on its Transformational Teacher Training programme in Ghana.
The project has implemented and further developed a new model for building schools in Ghana, which combines global expertise with local knowledge and places the child and learning at the heart of the design. The spacious classrooms with opportunities for indoor and outdoor activities, combined with supervision by well trained kindergarten teachers, will provide 4 and 5-year old children with the best possible opportunity to “learn through play”. Within three weeks of the opening of the new school in Dominase, enrolment had increased by 144% and teachers reported a significant improvement in pupil attendance.
This is the fourth school built by the Sabre Trust and its partners as part of the Brighter Futures programme. The schools are teaching rural communities new ways of working with local sustainable materials and are setting new standards for quality in the education sector. The school design has strong sustainability features, using locally sourced sustainable materials such as coconut husk fibres, bamboo and palm kernels. More than half of the employed site team came from within the Dominase community and received training in sustainable construction technologies.