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Ghana Country AET Profile

About Ghana

Most of the older schools, started by Christian missions, have received substantial financial help from the government, but the state is increasingly responsible for the construction and maintenance of new schools. Projected adult illiteracy rates for the year 2000 stand at 29.8% (males, 20.5%, females, 38.8%).

Ghana has three universities with a combined 1990 enrollment of 9,609: the University of Ghana, in Legon, outside Accra; the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi; and the University of Cape Coast.

In 1996, education accounted for 19.9% of the total government expenditure. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 5% of GDP.

Agriculture, especially cocoa, forms the basis of Ghana's economy, accounting for 36% of GDP in 2001. Cocoa exports in 2001 contributed 16% ($246.7 million) to total exports. About 23% of the total area, or 5,300,000 ha (13,096,000 acres), was cultivated in 1998. About 85% of all agricultural land holders in Ghana are small scale operators who primarily farm with hand tools.

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