Dean Cordeiro Visits Schools in Ghana

Dean Paula Cordeiro recently traveled to Ghana, a small country on Africa’s west coast, where she visited low cost private schools.  Paula conducted research and explored future opportunities for SOLES & USD students and faculty to work and do research in Ghana.   


In 2000 The United Nations announced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are eight goals ( that all 191 UN member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. One MDG is to ‘Achieve Universal Primary Education’ in all countries in the world. Another is ‘Gender Equity’ since fewer girls attend schools than boys in some nations. Dr. Cordeiro examined the progress Ghana is making in achieving universal primary education. She visited nearly twenty low-cost private schools. These schools comprise approximately 50% of all schools in Ghana; thus, their success is key to Ghana achieving this goal by 2015. 


Students and faculty members from SOLES and the School of Business Administration will travel to Ghana in January 2012 to provide professional development for teachers and help school proprietors with their business plans.  If you have an interest in visiting Ghanian schools and taking an independent study to conducted research and provide teacher professional development for two weeks next January, please contact


The following is a slideshow of images from the Dean’s trip: