Penn Graduate Opens School for Girls in His Hometown in Ghana

Two years ago, Shadrack Frimpong, then a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, won the Penn President Engagement Prize. As the prize winner, Frimpong received mentoring and $100,000 to use to implement his goal of establishing a school for girls and a health clinic in his home village of Tarka Breman in Ghana.

His vision has now come true. The Tarka Breman Girls School recently opened. The school sits on a 50-acre tract that was donated by village elders. Additional funding for the school will come from the production of cocoa that will be conducted on school grounds by families of the girls attending the school. Initially five acres will be planted, eventually expanding to 40 acres. Frimpong estimates that the cocoa farm will produce $70,000 annually to support the school.

Some 60 girls ages 4 to 7 are currently enrolled in the school. They are from Tarka Breman and several surrounding villages. Some of the girls travel to the school in canoes. Frimpong hopes to continue the education of the girls through high school while adding new younger girls each year.

The health clinic with a pharmacy, nurse’s station, delivery room, and laboratory will open soon. Frimpong is going to return to the United States to attend medical school and has appointed an executive director to run the school in his absence.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Johns Hopkins University Launches New Major and Center for Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism

The new Chloe Center for the Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism will provide research opportunities and educational events for the Johns Hopkins University community. As part of the new program, the university has announced a new undergraduate major in critical diaspora studies.

Chicago Library Receives $2 Million to Digitize Collection of African American History and Literature

The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection housed within the Chicago Public Library will soon be available online to the public thanks to a $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Featured Jobs