Life in Akokoa Village

Akokoa Village, in the Eastern Region of Ghana, is our first Tore Community. Farmers here deal with fluctuating crop prices, unpredictable weather patterns, and poor infrastructure. Educational facilities have historically been limited and many children struggled to attend lessons because of distance.

Local Economy

Our first aid project was financing new, sustainable water sources in the form of a village borehole and a water tank at the school. Villagers now have easy access to water and can devote more time to farming. The first agricultural project was an organic poultry farm which provides many of the local woman an opportunity to learn about farming. The Foundation also funds training programmes, loans and grants to encourage business development.

Liberal Education

Our next step is to help the community develop intellectually and attain a heightened awareness of fair social systems. We are conducting training for teachers in liberal educational methods, and have established a public debating society to start the process of active political participation. We intend for the debating society to be absorbed into the community centre itself and become a hub of discussion and debate. Our schools will function as microcosms of a future democratic village, with 5 children aged 13 – 15 to be elected by their peers to participate in a community leadership group. Educative activity and collaboration will not be confined to the school walls but, through treating the cause rather than the symptoms, it will nurture a new democratic spirit in Akokoa.

Village Community

After school classes in sport and music have been introduced to nurture self-esteem and confidence. Political awareness and communication skills are being developed through debating. Children are taught to process information, develop arguments and express themselves with clarity.

Tore Scholar

The first Tore Scholar, Banabus Ganidekam, born and educated in Akokoa, started a three year course in Political Science at High Point University, North Carolina, in August 2015, with the help of Tore’s Foundation and a Soccer Scholarship. We hope he will be the first of many Tore Scholars who, having received a liberal education, return to their own communities to build them up culturally, socially and economically.

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