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Oklahoma City market supports rural Ghana school

Pambe Ghana Global Market is open for the holiday season at 6516 N Ollie in Oklahoma City. Proceeds from sales at the market support La'angum Learning Center in Ghana, founded in 2007 by Alice Iddi-Gubbels.
by Heather Warlick Published: December 11, 2012

She hopes to see La'angum become a model for other schools in the area, sharing best practices for better results.

Community effort

The school's name, La'angum, means teamwork in Mampruli.

It's a fitting name, Iddi-Gubbels said, because the community itself builds each room of the school.

In 2008, the community came together to build a prekindergarten classroom, a storeroom, a small office for the teachers and a big pavilion. It was quite a feat considering the village has no running water or electricity.

That year, about 40 bright-eyed pre-K students came to the school.

The next year, the people of the village built a kindergarten classroom and added another group of students. Every year since, they have added a classroom and filled it with students. This September, the original pre-K students attended the school's premiere third-grade class.

Soon, ground will be broken for a fourth-grade classroom.

Recently, a generous donor offered the school two grants of $10,000 each to aid in building the school, but the grants are dependent on Iddi-Gubbels finding matching donations.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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