GHANA

Our project is located in rural Nsuta, close to Kumasi, the country's second largest city. The Republic of Ghana is a fast changing coastal nation, and we hope to work in a part of the country that has not been the focal point of more recent economic advancements.

Michael OFori benefor

Ghana

Local Project Lead
Ghanaian, born in Accra. Michael studied both Business and Accounting at the Cape Coast Technical University as well as Takoradi Technical University. Michael performed his National Service with the Forestry Commission, and in 2016 completed his degree in commerce at the University of Cape Coast. Today he works as the district accountant with National Commission for Civic Education in Nsuta, Sekyere Central, Ashanti Region. Michael has been the critical local force in the implementation of the Bauer Science School’s classes and food services, providing rigorous organisational and financial management oversight. Michael is eager to continue facilitating this project and expand the school programs.

Michael Boese (bauer)

Germany

Project Initiator
German, lives and works in the historic town of Stade near Hamburg. Since 2008 Michael has been leading the effort to develop the  local school in Nsuta, Ghana. Investing in education is an essential strategy to improving the future of children in Africa, and the “Bauer School of Science and Mathematics”  has become a pillar of this effort.  Michael also founded the ‘Friendship 4.0’ initiative, which brings together teams of young people from different continents to work on physics experiments, in the process, developing a better understanding for other cultures and ways of life.  Michael started his career as an engineer in the 90s working in environmental technology. After managing multiple emission reducing projects, he is working as Operations Leader for sustainability projects at the Dow Chemical Company. Being part of the OWP team is a rewarding opportunity to work at the root of need.

Michael OFori benefor

Ghana

Local Project Lead
Ghanaian, born in Accra. Michael studied both Business and Accounting at the Cape Coast Technical University as well as Takoradi Technical University. Michael performed his National Service with the Forestry Commission, and in 2016 completed his degree in commerce at the University of Cape Coast. Today he works as the district accountant with National Commission for Civic Education in Nsuta, Sekyere Central, Ashanti Region. Michael has been the critical local force in the implementation of the Bauer Science School’s classes and food services, providing rigorous organisational and financial management oversight. Michael is eager to continue facilitating this project and expand the school campus.

Michael Boese (bauer)

Germany

Project Initiator
German, lives and works in the historic town of Stade near Hamburg. Since 2008 Michael has been leading the effort to develop the  local school in Nsuta, Ghana. Investing in education is an essential strategy to improving the future of children in Africa, and the “Bauer School of Science and Mathematics”  has become a pillar of this effort.  Michael also founded the ‘Friendship 4.0’ initiative, which brings together teams of young people from different continents to work on physics experiments, in the process, developing a better understanding for other cultures and ways of life.  Michael started his career as an engineer in the 90s working in environmental technology. After managing multiple emission reducing projects, he is working as Operations Leader for sustainability projects at the Dow Chemical Company. Being part of the OWP team is a rewarding opportunity to work at the root of need.

The project in Ghana is an existing school in the small township of Nsuta, approximately 260km north of the national capital, Accra. Our partner is Michael Ofori, a young community leader who is eager to  expand educational opportunity for local students and promote economic investment in the town, with a quality school being a cornerstone of that goal. The initiator of this project is Michael Boese (born Bauer), a friend of Michael Ofori, who lives in the Hamburg area and has long ties with the local community. Michael's great grandfather taught agricultural improvements in the region at the turn of the 20th century creating a link that has been maintained for over a century.

In 2015 the Bauer ‘Saturday School’ was set up to give primary school students the opportunity to have supplemental mathematics and science lessons. In a first step we aim to expand the program offering with more classes, available all weekend, open to more ages.

In tandem with expanding the class offerings of the Bauer School, we hope to explore the viability of other potential projects in the region.


The project in Ghana is an existing school in the small township of Nsuta ca. 260km north of the national capital, Accra. The initiator and partner of this project is Mr. Michael Boese (born Bauer) who lives in the Hamburg area. At the turn of the 20th century his great grandfather was a missionary teaching agricultural improvements in the greater Kumasi region, and to honour him the Andreas Bauer congregation was founded by the local Presbyterian Church.

In 2015 the Bauer ‘Saturday School’ was set up to give primary school students the opportunity to practice mathematics and science. In a first step we aim to support and further development of additional after school programs, expanding to the Junior High School and ultimately a new vocational school and travel lodge in Nsuta.

For the past several years the Bauer School for Maths and Science has been simply an additional Saturday program to the local primary state school’s curriculum and classes have been conducted in the rooms of the school. We look to expand the capacity and scope of the overall program.

The project in Ghana is an existing school in the small township of Nsuta ca. 260km north of the national capital, Accra. The initiator and partner of this project is Mr. Michael Boese (born Bauer) who lives in the Hamburg area. At the turn of the 20th century his great grandfather was a missionary teaching ‘modern’ agriculture in the greater Kumasi region, and to honour him the Andreas Bauer congregation was founded by the local Presbyterian Church.

In 2015 the Bauer ‘Saturday school’ was set up to give primary school students the opportunity to practice mathematics and science. In a first step we aim to support and further development of additional after school programs, expanding to the Junior High School and ultimately a new vocational school and travel lodge in Nsuta.

For the past several years the Bauer School for Maths and Science has been simply an additional Saturday program to the local primary state school’s curriculum and classes have been conducted in the rooms of the school. We look to expand the capacity and scope of the overall program.

Currently in the planning phase step 2 'Bauer maths and science school'

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2020/21

Student count

250
increasing to 750 over the coming year

Monthly operating costs

€ 1,600
food, learning materials, wages

Capital expenditure

€ 7,000
planning and initial investment

Estimate for Total Capital and Operating Expenditures through 2025

€ 250,000

*Figures are subject to change over time. We expect total expenditure estimates to become more clear as we move from covering immediate monthly running costs and begin the formal planning and development process for each project.
250
Student count
increasing to 750 over the coming years

2020/21

€ 1,600
Monthly operating costs
food, learning materials, wages
€ 7,000
Capital expenditure
planning and initial investment
Estimate for Total Capital and Operating Expenditures through 2025
TBD
*Figures are subject to change over time. We expect total expenditure estimates to become more clear as we move from covering immediate monthly running costs and begin the formal planning and development process for each project.

Short term goals:

Continue providing monthly operating costs. Expand the existing educational program and offer classes on Sundays. Upgrade science equipment. 

Medium & LONG term goals:

Explore the feasibility of continued expansion of the Bauer School programs beyond current plans and determine the viability of other potential projects in the region.

future plans

Currently being evaluated