West Africa Volunteer Project of Humanity

DIGITAL LIBRARY

Unlock Edu is a sustainable library center. Through its technological resources, student-learners are able to supplement their school curriculums while building literacy skills that support educational advancement. In short, Unlock Edu bridges educational gaps, providing resources to underserved communities and providing avenues to create a more robust learning environment. Through Unlock Edu, children are supported in their discovery and mastery of digital tools.

Many rural schools in Ghana are underresourced and lack adequate facilities. They also lack teaching staff and learning materials. Consequently, the well-staffed and resource rich Unlock Edu library center is an invaluable partner to local schools and families.

The library employs permanent staff and benefits from international volunteers who monitor and evaluate student progress. These core partners assist student-learners with meeting the curriculum standards at their local schools and advancing their higher educational goals.

Unlock Edu is the flagship educational project of the West Africa Volunteer Project of Humanity (WAVPH). WAVPH seeks to create vibrant local communities with appropriate development initiatives to achieve access to quality education, empower women and children, promote agricultural development, advance human rights and achieve quality health in underserved communities in the West African Sub-Region.

Through WAVPH, volunteers mentor student-learners in a hybrid system which allows for participation not only from the volunteers’ home countries, but also in-person, at the center itself. Their participation and the educational attainment which results aids in the transformation of lives and communities.

ABOUT WAVPH

The Unlock Edu Project is managed by the West Africa Volunteer Project of Humanity (WAVPH) and empowered by the Freenity Organization, Malta. WAVPH project team members include Prince Busia Opoku, Al-Hassan Magdaline, Bright Yussif, and Janet Emefa Agbedor. They are young leaders who have successfully held civic programs to impact many universities in Africa and many thousands of students as well as many strategic initiatives that will drive community development.

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WHAT IS OUR GOAL?

  • The project seeks to bridge educational gaps created by poverty. These gaps have increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in limited access to schools and resources for learning.
  • The project also seeks to develop technological proficiency in student-learners by providing access to computers and training. More broadly, the project seeks to impact the inequities which result from lack of access to technology in the 21st century.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

What have we done?

  • Partnered with ten local schools in Offinso to create enrichment opportunities for students who are presently enrolled in primary school and junior high.
  • Acquired land and permits for forthcoming library center projects.
  • Increased opportunities for corporate and individual partnerships.

What needs to be done?

  • We are looking for partners to sponsor future library projects and assist with fundraising.
  • We are working to expand our network of local and international mentor volunteers.
  • We are working to identify an architect or architectural firm to assist with creating a cost-effective design that is conducive to learning.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Prince Busia Opoku

Director, West Africa Volunteer Project of Humanity (WAVPH)

“Our organization is dedicated to supporting communities to thrive. By running impactful projects we are establishing volunteer partnerships to give less privileged and underserved groups in Ghana and other West African countries needed resources to improve the quality of life and explore future opportunities.”

Busia Opoku’s passion for the work of WAVPH stems from his own childhood in Offinso, the rural area that he currently serves. He believes that it is necessary to fully develop the potential of all youth through projects that enhance access to quality education. Busia Opoku also has a deep commitment to strengthening rural and underserved communities in Ghana.

Busia Opoku double-majored in Political Science and Geography & Resource Development at the University of Ghana. His leadership at WAVPH has been influenced by his work as an emerging leader with the Young African Leaders and Entrepreneurs (YALES) program where he currently serves as a Project Manager.

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