Togo is a small country in Western Africa bordering Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin and the Gulf of Guinea.
Togo has a population of 6 million people and the capital is called Lomé.
Until World War I, Togo was a German colony, and soon after was taken over by France. Togo then gained independence in 1960. Togo takes its name from the Ewé language which means "beyond the cliff." French is the official language and therefore taught all over the country in school but there are 39 local languages, including Ewé in the South and Kabyé in the North.
Unemployment and lack of access to education are among the most serious problems in Togo. The number of illiterates is 42.9 % among adults aged 15 and older. The tuition of education prevents parents from sending their children to school and increases the number dropouts who do not have the means to pay for it. Even with a university degree, jobs are not guaranteed.
Many girls in Togo face financial difficulties and turn to prostitution as a means for survival. This can lead to all sorts of detrimental problems and domestic violence is not an uncommon struggle faced by many women. There is also no social security in Togo, that is to say that all charges for medical consultation and medicines must be paid out of pocket. As these are relatively expensive, people remain sick and many health problems are left unattended.
Although the situation of human rights has improved; poor and neglected youth who fall into despair slide into drug addiction and crime activity, which only gets them incarcerated.
AGERTO frequently engages in dialogue of these sorts of societal problems and encourages youth development to eliminate these problems that Togo is currently facing. AGERTO creates a second chance for those in need.