The purpose of the Peace Corps Ghana Education project is to assist the national effort to improve education in mathematics and science. Peace Corps Ghana uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) approach to teaching science content. The approach provides a base for Junior High School pupils to progress in their academic careers and contribute meaningfully to the future of their country. Schools in rural areas in Ghana often have a shortage of skilled science teachers, which STEAM Volunteers can help fill. In addition, because English (the language of instruction) proficiency is low students often lag behind their expected level of literacy and have difficulty learning grade-level content. For this reason, Volunteers will focus on Junior High Schools where they can provide essential literacy support in STEAM classes at a point in students’ academic careers where there is a higher potential for bridging the literacy gap.
Mathematics Volunteers will teach at the junior high school level (equivalent to grades 7-9 in the USA).
Volunteers in math teach basic concepts, including remedial math, geometry, algebra, statistics, probability, and calculus. They also work in after-school programs, youth clubs, and library development.
Teachers teach on average 24 periods per week. Each period lasts 40 minutes and each grade is expected to receive an average of 45 periods of instruction a week covering all subjects (nine periods a day for all subjects). Class sizes range from about 20 students to 45 or more. Students' ages can range from 12 to 23 years old.
Please note that at the junior high school-level in Ghana, mathematics teachers also teach a course entitled ‘integrated science’ which is a basic science course that introduces the subjects of chemistry, physics, and biology to students.
Peace Corps Ghana promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in your country and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check