Ghana is a West African country on the Gulf of Guinea. Its neighbors are Burkina Faso, which lies north, Côte D’Ivoire to the west, Togo to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The country is named after the great medieval trading empire that was located northwest of the modern-day state until its demise in the 13th century.

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Although relatively small in area and population, Ghana is one of the leading countries of Africa, partly because of its considerable natural wealth and partly because it was the first African country to achieve independence from colonial rule. Not to mention very peaceful and one of the leading democratic African countries. It has a central area of forest and sandy beaches along the coast. 

In Ghana, basic education lasts 12 years (ages 4–15). The curriculum is free, compulsory and is defined as “the minimum period of schooling needed to ensure that children acquire basic literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills as well as skills for creativity and healthy living”. Development ranges from 6 to 12 years of age.

Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) in the public sector was introduced in 1995 and universally accepted in Ghana in 2005 which has recently been revised to include secondary level. Hence, pre-tertiary education is free in the country. With the introduction of the Common Core curriculum, basic education leavers will sit an entrance examination at grade 9 to enter into the secondary level where, in their second year, they pursue programmes that is of their interest and is career centered. 

Elm Springs Academy opened in 2016 and aims to be a school where learners can flourish holistically; they do not just educate but teach children how to live successful lives by embedding the word of God on a daily basis. If we want to see the next generation confident, truthful, compassionate and caring then we need to do exactly what the scripture tells us to do in Proverbs 22:6 , “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. We are here to make a difference!