Educational Development Projects
Sponsor a child
For £25 per month you can sponsor a child
This is a fantastic way of supporting the educational needs of the pupils at Awutu Winton School.
In 2023 we are looking to achieve 100% sponsorship of the 500 pupils at the school.
You can sign up on justgiving.com to become a sponsor for a monthly contribution of £25 (£300 per annum).
Each sponsor will be allocated one of our current students who will write to you via EDP UK at least twice a year, with an update on their progress at the school.
We now have just under 80 students sponsored and with a population of 520 this year we still have some way to go! As an indication of the expenses involved in running the school, each student costs around £300 a year to finance in terms of the infrastructure and overheads; this excludes the general cost of staffing as the majority of the teachers and ancillary staff are financed by the Government, as part of our joint venture. This means we have to find around £150,000 each year just to keep the school going.
We believe that education is the only route out of poverty and despair, and is the gift that no child in our world should be denied.
Our focus is on developing and maintaining a fee free senior secondary school for disadvantaged students 50 kilometres west of Accra in Ghana. This unique school is called Awutu-Winton Senior High School
EDP is a small, family run UK charity which was set up in 2009 by David
and Inez Lunan. At the beginning, EDP’s aim was to promote educational initiatives within the developing world. However we very soon realised that with our limited resources, we needed to focus on one particular project and put all our efforts into trying to do it properly.
The Awutu-Winton School, founded as a fee-free Senior High School in Ghana, West Africa, was the inspiration of Peter Donkor, a Ghanaian maths teacher at the Winton Comprehensive School in Andover, UK. When Inez and David first met Peter, he had already achieved an impressive amount. Awutu Bereku, a poor community of nearly 100,000 people, had been selected as the location for the project due to the lack of any senior secondary level schools in its surrounding area. With the support of the PTA of Winton School Andover and the Methodist Church where Peter and his wife Mary worship, sufficient money had been raised to buy the land on which construction of the initial classroom block had advanced quite a way. Nevertheless, despite his best efforts, fundraising had lapsed and work had been discontinued.
Peter’s ambition to create a school for disadvantaged youngsters, however, was unabated and it did not take him long to inspire David and Inez with his passion. By drawing in all their friends and business contacts, a huge groundswell of goodwill was generated which kick-started the project off again.
The EDP Team
David and Inez Lunan
David and Inez have always believed that education is the one true weapon against poverty.
Upon meeting Peter and being inspired by his vision, they used the contacts they had built up in the world of business and set up Educational Development Projects (EDP) Trust.
Founder & Director of Education
Peter founded AWSHS. He strongly believes that the surest route to breaking cyclical poverty is through people empowerment; and that the starting point of empowerment is education.
His hope is that the young people who will benefit from schooling at AWSHS will become useful members of their communities.
Nick and Char Robertson
Max and Letty Sayers
Letty is the younger daughter of David and Inez and is married to Max. In 2014 they spent six months in Ghana volunteering at AWSHS and during this period they forged a strong affection for the school, the country and its people. Since then their involvement with EDP has steadily grown.
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Educational Development Projects (EDP) Trust is a United Kingdom registered charitable organisation No. 1129398;
The Awutu-Winton Senior High School is a recognised private senior institution (No. GES/CR/PSC/10/045) as well as a registered non-governmental organisation (No. D.S.W./4562) in the Republic of Ghana