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Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a sovereign unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa, only a few degrees north of the Equator.The climate of Ghana is tropical. The south-west corner of Ghana, where is Abetenim, is hot and humid.

Abetenim Village is in the Ejisu-Juaben District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Abetenim is about 40 kilometres from Kumasi, which is the second largest city in Ghana. Abetenim occupies a geographical area of about 4km by 5km with most of the land covered by green vegetation. The village is named Abetenim (village of palm trees) because of the many palm trees in the land.

Today, the population is about a thousand people, with 60% of them between the ages of 1 to 25 years.The standard of living is rather low. The village is dotted by mud house types, built in ways that tell of abject economic poverty. The people of the village are essentially farmers with few of them producing cooking oil from the palm fruits, which they sell to traders from far and near. The local language is Twi.

About 98% of the adults in the village are unable to read or write proficiently because they did not gain elementary school education. Abetenim used to have only a primary school, which is grade 1 to grade 6. Children on graduating from the primary school had to stop schooling. The main excuse was because the closest junior high school they could attend was in Juaben. Those children eager to continue schooling had to walk to Juaben to attend school.

 

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