SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Young Scholars Program

Sui Yawkrom Frogs

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana sees improving the education of local children in communities surrounding endangered frogs’ habitats as an essential component of the long-term conservation of such species. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Therefore, in 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana launched its Young Scholars Program, designed to achieve two major goals: (1) improve the resources of less-endowed schools; and (2) provide scholarships to academically gifted but economically disadvantaged children.

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Kids of Yawkrom with the Sui Amphibian Conservation Education Centre and the Sui forest in the background 

Sui Amphibian Conservation Education Centre

Accordingly, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana established the Sui Amphibian Conservation Education Centre (SACEC) in the village of Yawkrom, which is surrounded by the Sui forest, the only remaining home of the critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). We stocked the education centre with computers, books and other resourceful academic materials such as standardized exam preparation booklets.


Inside the Sui Amphibian Conservation Education Centre on September 22nd, 2016, the day we delivered the village’s first five computers.

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The centre’s library of environmental education literature.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana regularly organises quizzes and essay writing competitions, with competitive awards given to deserving contestants. The SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana staff also assists with teaching and helping some students with their homework. Further, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has enrolled some teachers of the school in alternative livelihood projects to motivate them to give off their best.

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​​​​SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana co-founder Gilbert Adum delivers a presentation in front of the Sui Amphibian Conservation Education Centre.

Scholarships For Yawkrom’s Brightest Students

These efforts are already paying off. Last year, the Yawkrom Junior High School set a historic record in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), a nationwide exam that junior high school students take to gain admission to senior high school. From obscurity, the school placed among the best performing public schools in the region. In particular, four students (two girls and two boys) scored distinctions, beating out tough competition at the national level to gain admissions to prestigious senior high schools such as Prempeh College, Yaa Asantewaa Senior High School and Sefwi Wiawso Senior High School.

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Among notable alumni of these elite schools include:

  • Ghana’s former president John Agyekum Kufour
  • Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (one of Africa’s most powerful kings)
  • Professor Kwadwo Asenso Okyere (former Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana)
  • Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Member of Parliament and Minister for Education).

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While these four students have gained admission to prestigious senior high schools, their attendance is in no way guaranteed: as the students must leave their home village and travel to the distant schools, financial constraints have traditionally prevented many qualified students from taking advantage of their acceptance to these schools. The cost of tuition, books, travel, room and board for one year is $1,918 per student, which is far beyond the means of most students in this remote part of western Ghana.

Kerry Kriger Yawkrom

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger with the future leaders of Yawkrom.

As there is no high school in Yawkrom, students who remain at home often receive no further formal education and have few career opportunities. With limited options, many would be eventually be forced to subsist by felling trees in the rainforest or making farms in the only habitat of the Giant Squeaker Frog. As such, the fate of the Sui forest and of the Giant Squeaker Frogs is directly related to how successful we are in raising funds to provide scholarships to these bright young students. Keeping these kids in school is essential if we are to keep the Giant Squeaker Frog’s habitat safe and intact.

Desmond Nkrumah Scholarship

Desmond Nkrumah, one of Yawkrom’s brightest students. With your financial support, we will fund a scholarship so he can attend high school at Prempeh College.

Young Scholar Charity Nyarko Receives Highest Score

Hurray!!! Charity Nyarko, a beneficiary of the 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Young Scholars Programme, has completed Senior High School passing all courses. She is the first student to score A1 (the highest grade) in Mathematics for communities around the Sui Forest. Charity aspires to be a journalist in the future.

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Young Scholar Charity Nyarko

Please Support The Young Scholars Program

As part of its Young Scholars Program, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is seeking funding to provide scholarships to these top four students and thus ensure that they take advantage of their once in a lifetime opportunity to attend these prestigious high schools.

We invite and encourage you to donate to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana through this dedicated donation page and help us fund these four students’ scholarships.

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Together we can save Ghana’s frogs and educate Ghana’s youth! Thank you for your support!

Read about these successful Young Scholars who achieved the Honor Roll.