Explain your project in details:
In many Ghanaian rural districts, poor parents send their wards into private schools due to unavailability of relatively cheaper public schools posing a number of challenges; Unaffordability by parents leads to high school fees default leading to abysmal infrastructure development affecting quality of education. Current fee payment structure militate against the petty trading of parents causing a cycle of poverty. Poor academic performances as pupils are sacked from schools frequently as a way of inducing parents to pay accrued fees. Esther, a petty trader who sells at community market earning (< $1 daily, <$125 monthly). She trades with same money. Akosua (Esther’s daughter) attends private school with fee of $60 per term (about 4 month) supposed to be paid as school begins for planning, utility, teachers and infrastructure development. Esther wants to pay the fees but taken $60 from her capital ($125) would collapse her business. Akosua is sacked from school to induce Esther to pay fees. Akosua wait at home until mother gathers money taking several weeks. The problem indicated above sets in. A yearly trend for this small family. We pre-finance Akosua’s fees giving her mother about four month, paying daily $0.7 without overburdening her business. Akosua get to stay in school all throughout the term. The school has money from start of the term to proper plan and pay its utility, teachers and improve infrastructure. There is lesser school fees default. We monitor Akosua’s academic performance to guide her career because her mother cannot read and understand her terminal reports. A Scholarship scheme plan also for Akosua for her high school education.John, who just finished high school with no job to further his education. He is employed to collect the daily $0.7 from Esther with collection book which Esther has a copy for checks and balances.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Poor parents in our communities petty trading flourishes because EDUPAY makes sure that they do not use bulk of their money which they use for trading to pay school fees. Most parents in these category are illiterate thus unable to read and understand and so they are not able to comments or contribute to their wards education building. they cannot make meaning out of terminal report t know the strength and weakness of their wards. EDUPAY Student Performance and Academic Guidance System ensures these students are guided and mentored to deepen the quality of education. we believe that quality education cannot be achieved only in the classroom. Good Academic performance of student as they get the opportunity to stay in the classroom throughout the term Zero School fee default(tried and tested) which means school proprietors can have enough money to plan and pay teachers salary on time. they have bulk money to undertake school infrastructure projects. Employment creation. The youth in these communities get a chance to work with us and paid to improve their livelihood. At the global fronts, EDUPAY seeks to contribute towards the agreed Sustainable Development Goals(SDG's) through domesticating the goals to suit the local Ghanaian context. EDUPAY therefore targets SDG 4 thus Quality Education, SDG 10 thus Reduce Inequality.These two important goals are key to development especially for African children. This model is creating opportunities for everyone regardless of who they are or where they come from. We are sending development aid where it is necessary as captured in the goal 10.
Sustainability and future plans
The model basically works by providing parents with a special school fees payment plan which spreads the payment of fees over a reasonable period of time in a traditional saving style. Officers are deployed to pick the daily savings and are kept in a bank for onward payment to the schools. The parent pays far less than a dollar a day for the children fees depending on the daily income in other not t to kill her business. Pre-financed money will be paid into the schools account and receipt of payment to the parent. This guarantees school authorities their expected revenues for operations, for paying of staff and infrastructure and facility development of the school through proper planning to maintain quality education. This will also keep the students in school at all times. The model has an aspect of educational guarantee which is to cater for a child whose mother engages in a brutal accident or sickness and would be in the hospital for the rest of the academic year. Also there are plans to provide incentives to children who graduates from junior high school to senior high school enrolled in the program. The administrative cost and other cost e.g. payment of collectors would be spread harmlessly to the fees for payment. The model is simple with direct impact both on the school, parents and pupil and can be mimicked anywhere across the whole nation. After several pilots, we would want to call on UNICEF, NGOs, and International donors and other Key stakeholders to redefine the National education payment system across all levels of education; from primary to tertiary.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
It has not been easy working for three organization at the same time. I believe in God and I use his grace more often. I am a Co –Founder and Director in charge of Environment and Community Development of Maintenance and Sustainability Africa. (MSA). One of the challenges of Africa is ability to maintain her infrastructure and policies to posterity. We see this as a major bane to our development aside corruption. We are here to fill the gap of sustainability by providing real and credible solution to our beloved continent. If Obama did it, YES WE CAN. I am also the Vice President of the Springold Company Limited. Constructing boreholes and roads in our community. The most important part of this is the Sustainability Model diligently attached to this work. If it must be done. It must not only be done-well but done for posterity. With environmental education background (BSc Entomology and Biodiversity Conservation) at the University of Cape Cost, I have come to understand the big issue of choices referring to usage of natural resources; thus choosing between Biodiversity and Economic development. More evidence show that biodiversity is concentrated in areas of poverty and more plant diversity is concentrated in the poorest, least developed regions of countries. This has led to a view that development and agricultural biodiversity are in opposition, and that economic development should involve the ‘conversion’ of diverse areas to ‘more productive’ areas. But I believe that to work towards eradicating poverty we need to protect environmental resources. To protect those resources, we need to eradicate poverty. Working as the Creation Care Officer at A Rocha Ghana, with theological background (BSc Biblical studies) at the American Bible University, has instilled in me a sense of passion to care for the environment using biblical references