As of January 1, 2016, the United Nations and its 193 Member States officially ushered in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global agenda to end poverty by the year 2030. Made up of 17 goals that focus on a variety of initiatives like gender equality, health, and education, these goals recognize that social and environmental issues are interconnected and affect everyone in our global community.
The IDP Foundation, Inc. and the World Bank co-hosted an Education Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The half-day event brought together government officials, development partners, NGOs and other stakeholders in education to identify opportunities for effective collaboration and engagement.
Within the past decade, there has been a surge in low-fee private schools in some of the poorest countries across the globe. In 2010, there were an estimated one million private schools in the developing world; however, the fastest-growing group of these are small low-fee private schools, run by entrepreneurs in poor areas that cater to those living on less than $2 (USD) a day.
During a recent visit to Ashesi, the IDP Foundation had the opportunity to meet one student who is using creative and critical thinking skills to improve basic education in Ghana. In addition to co-founding the TrimTab Network, Prince Kennedy Kwarase (Business Administration, ’17) interned for the IDP Foundation’s keystone initiative, the IDP Rising Schools Program, which aims to improve educational infrastructure in existing low-fee private schools serving the poor in Ghana.