Empowering young students for a digital future

Bringing vital IT skills in the heart of rural schools

Africa is the largest untapped talent pool in the world.

Most students in rural Ghana did not even touch a computer until Senior High School. A missed chance to create digital jobs in Africa. To change this, we bring vital IT & Soft Skills in the heart of the local schools. We empower our students for a digital future – and an Africa Beyond Aid.

The program is driven by our experience as entrepreneurs in Africa. A dedicated local team works together with international volunteers to deliver hands-on trainings. Grow Ghana supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education.

Blog

Field Test: Experimental coding @ School

How the Raspberry Pi opens the digital gate for Ghana +++   “My hands were shaking – I was so excited!” – one feedback from a young student after her first session with the Raspberry Pi computer. For some pupils, aged between 13 and 16, it was the first time to touch...

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Team Games: Construction challenge

Practical team challenges train soft skills in a playful & intuitive way +++ “Madame Gifty, we want to build the bulldozer... NOW!” – the excitement is in the eye of our young trainees. Before the teams can start with the challenge, they get instructions; they are...

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1 Year Tribute: Our Raspberry Pi Guru Bismark

  Intercultural experienced, a growth mindset & tech-savvy: the NextGhanaGen is coming +++ ... and Bismark is one of this new generation. 1 year ago, we spoke the first time with him - on the phone. He was still in Germany, just completing his exchange program...

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About us - our story

Our story started a few years ago – in 2015, we went for a consulting project in Ghana and immediately fell in love with the country. We saw talents without jobs and people with ideas, but no chances to put them in action. We felt the need, decided to leave our jobs and build a German-Ghanaian ecosystem, based on the principle of social entrepreneurship. We founded local start-ups in tech and UX design to serve German clients with a delivery team from Ghana.

As the companies grew, we realized that training on the job is just a start, but it needs more. Early education is key and the need of the rural, local schools is evident. We think that we all have the responsibility to empower the future generation of Africa with basic, vital skills – if we really want an independent, powerful Africa Beyond Aid.

The Grow Ghana initiative supports young students in school with hands-on trainings in digital & soft skills that really matter – as early as possible. The pro-bono trainings are financed by our start-ups, global volunteers and donations.

Ulrich,
Co-Founder & Partner Management

Living in Munich

Benjamin,
Co-Founder

Living in Kokrobite

Gifty,
Co-Founder, Lead Trainer

Living in Kokrobite

Wendel,
Co-Founder, IT Expert

Living in Accra

John,
Content Expert

Living in Accra

Gifty,
Co-Founder, Program Manager & Lead Trainer
Living in Kokrobite

Ulrich,
Co-Founder & Partner Management
Living in Munich

Benjamin,
Co-Founder
Living in Kokrobite

John,
Content Expert
Living in Accra

Wendel,
Co-Founder, Content Expert
Living in Accra

Get Involved

Young students in Ghana need your support – and the education system needs help.

There are 3 ways to create impact with us and empower our students: You can contribute an official donation to push our project. You can support us as a volunteer between 4 weeks and 12 months on site in Ghana. And you can partner with us:

To get involved and create impact with us, find more information below:

To get involved and create impact with us, find more information below:

Impact

Basic IT Education is a MUST for future JOBS

The Impact of our Trainings

The students of today are the employees, entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow. But how do you expect them to create value if basic skills are never taught?

Meet Elizabeth, 16 years, Junior High School. She never touched a computer before and never used the internet. She is used to repeat what the teacher says – and gets good grades for that. But she has never learned how to express her own thoughts, work in a team or think critically. She struggles to organize herself if exposed to a new task. Her self confidence is low, as her voice is not heard.

Exposed to a youth coding project (Scratch), Elizabeth could explore a digital world and build her own projects in a playful way. She can feel how a succesful teamwork leads to results, she can be creative. At the same time, she will only be successful if she thinks critically and follows the logic of the code.

This empowers her to develop & grow herself, get exposed and get pre-qualified for a formal job in the future. Maybe she even becomes a digital native and leader? We believe that playful IT trainings with a focus on coding are the ideal tool to unlock & grow vital skills of young students.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

IT TOOL SKILLS

LOGICAL THINKING

SELF CONFIDENCE

TEAM WORK

Basic IT Education is a MUST for future JOBS

The students of today are the employees, entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow. But how do you expect them to create value if basic skills are never taught?

Meet Elizabeth, 16 years, Junior High School. She never touched a computer before and never used the internet. She is used to repeat what the teacher says – and gets good grades for that. But she has never learned how to express her own thoughts, work in a team or think critically. She struggles to organize herself if exposed to a new task. Her self confidence is low, as her voice is not heard.

Exposed to a youth coding project (Scratch), Elizabeth could explore a digital world and build her own projects in a playful way. She can feel how a succesful teamwork leads to results, she can be creative. At the same time, she will only be successful if she thinks critically and follows the logic of the code.

This empowers her to develop & grow herself, get exposed and get pre-qualified for a formal job in the future. Maybe she even becomes a digital native and leader? We believe that playful IT trainings with a focus on coding are the ideal tool to unlock & grow vital skills of young students.

The Impact of our Trainings

Our Values

We believe in our six values:

  1. Grow Ghana is a non-profit initiative and strives to create tangible impact for the students at local schools
  2. We empower all students in our program equally – not matter of their background and skills
  3. We never replace local teachers – our program is an addition to the governmental curriculum
  4. We are not competing with other NGOs or programs, but strive for cooperation & synergies
  5. We are self-critical and want to improve constantly
  6. We always show full respect to our environment

Our partners

Our partners contribute to the program by creating content & material pro-bono for us. On top, they help to create future jobs for our alumni.

Contact

gifty@growghana.org

+233 24 786 84 09

Grow GH EDU Initiative NGO
B22 Langma Road,
Kokrobite
Greater Accra