About us

Together, through our grassroots and sustainable approach, we transform the educational opportunities of over 10,000 children and young adults in 50 underserved communities.

EduSpots exists to connect, train, and equip over 250 local ‘Catalysts’  – a mix of teachers, students and community members – who create and sustain transformative literacy and STEM opportunities through a network of 50 education spaces named ‘Spots’ in Ghana and Kenya, with a focus on female empowerment and environmental sustainability

EduSpots as a concept has sprung from the grassroots with volunteers in Spot communities and beyond playing a central role in decision-making and the strategic development of EduSpots, with local leaders constantly inviting new volunteers to join our growing movement of community educators.

In the process of our work, we are ultimately creating a network of active citizens, engaged in developing their home communities through education; students observe the volunteerism they benefit from, and become future community changemakers.

Please find our 2023 Impact Report here:

Watch this video from Hafsa and Adam in Kalpohin Spot, to understand the impact and strong local ownership of our work.

For a flavour of our training with Catalysts, watching this training session video with Lawrence Dankwah, exploring inclusive pedagogy strategies with Catalysts at Zangbalun Spot.

Recognition

EduSpots won the Tes International Award in 2018, sponsored by the British Council, and was shortlisted for the EDUCOM NGO or Business Contribution to Education in Ghana award. In 2021, our Founder, Cat Davison, was selected as a Finalist for the Varkey Foundation’s $1million Global Teacher Prize in partnership with UNESCO, partly for her role in developing EduSpots. In 2023, we were selected as a finalist for the Their World Education Innovation Prize. 

We are a Ghana national registered NGO and a UK registered charity. You can download all the most recent financial statements and annual reports on the charity commission website.

Watch the most recent news report on our Ignite Programme here:

More detail…

In Ghana, 29% of children do not complete primary education (65% in rural areas, where we work); 53% do not complete Junior High School and 65% do not complete Senior High School (UNESCO, 2020). In rural areas, access to pre-primary education is just 38%, compared to 90% for urban areas, with teaching standards and access to resources extremely variable. This situation has been exacerbated by Covid-19 school closures, with the number of out of school children leaping from 35,432 in 2019 to 265,188 in 2020 (UNESCO, 2018).

EduSpots is a small yet innovative organization working with young people across 50 underserved communities in rural Ghana, working with a range of local stakeholders in this process including youth organisations, school headteachers, traditional leaders, district assemblies, religious organisations and other organisational partners. 

Our network of over 250 voluntary community educators, including 39% young people under 25, create quality, creative and community-centered learning opportunities for over 10,000 children through our 50 community-led and owned library education centres named ‘Spots’. These Spots are overseen by local Spot management committees, with ongoing costs sustained by the communities themselves and educational and mentoring support provided by our experienced Ghana-based staff team, 50% of whom are also Spot volunteers. 

After receiving training through our core training programme – the Ignite Programme – EduSpots’ voluntary community educators lead education clubs for learners across our four learner strands – EduKidz (early years education), EduLit (creative Junior High School literacy), EcoSTEM (STEM & environmental education), and Ignite Equity (addressing gender-based challengers). Via the Spot Lead strand, all Catalysts engage in training that enables them to sustain change at their Spots whilst growing as leaders and educators. 

EduSpots has always had a strong gender equity focus, working with many talented young female students through our partnership with African Gifted’s African Science Academy to give small grants to enable talented young female science and engineering students to create Spots in their communities, disrupting local gender power hierarchies in the process. 

Over 1.74 million people are unemployed in Ghana with many young people looking for work opportunities. Through our volunteer training, we are equipping young people with the skills they need to enter the workplace. Our 12-month Catalyst Leadership Programme enables committed volunteers to gain skills in project management, social entrepreneurship and education, equipped with grant funding, resources and a mentor. Each year, half of our Catalysts progress into paid part-time Peer Mentor roles for the next cohort, enabling them to have a stepping stone into employment, with several joining our staff team. 

 

A news report on our CLEd Academy:

Our vision

Our core vision is a world in which communities unite to create the future that they want to see through education. Cost effective nature of our model Dream Spot Model …read more

Organisational partnerships

Edu Spots has always been a collaborative project. So many people have been quick to understand the power of our solar-powered ‘spots’, filled with educational resources and run by enthusiastic …read more

Our story

In a collective mission, we need a tapestry of stories. We believe that who the story of an organisation’s development is told by, and who features as the protagonist, matters. …read more

Our team

Our work is primarily led by our dynamic network of over 300 local community based volunteers: our Catalysts! Note that all of the delivery work in Ghana is led by …read more