Tomorrow's Stars 2012 News
Here is a project update with some photos.
KG Teacher Training in Ghana:
“Transformational Teacher Training" quickly changing classrooms from “rote teaching” to “child led learning”. This year long training that started in August '12 is year “0” in the Ghana Education Service 5 year plan to change Kindergartens all over Ghana. We are very excited to be pioneers in this brave new teaching methodology and to help make it uniquely Ghanaian, starting with 14 Kindergartens in our area! The perfect start to a good foundation for the children here in Ghana.
Kindergarten teachers taking part in "learning by doing" training!
First Day at School
University Scholarship Students:
We have two outstanding scholarship students at university. Rudolph and Solomon have been helping Tomorrow's Stars "make education possible" for years by tutoring and mentoring and representing us on projects.
Rudolph is at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi and is going into 3rd year as a pharmacy student. Solomon is in second year at nearby Cape Coast University majoring in education management.
Rudolph, Solomon and Francis at Essiam Library Rudolph tutoring Edinaman students James and Francis Friend Otoo with Solomon and Rudolph
Edinaman High School Scholarship Students:
Tomorrow's Stars provides scholarships to 24 students at EHS, 19 of them are boarding in dorms there. Another 14 have recently graduated. We will add more in the fall when the new group starts. Scholarships include school fees and boarding expenses. The cost for a year is about $150 for day students and $500 for boarding students. We are proud of them all and follow their grades and watch them grow up during their time at Edinaman.
WE ARE TRULY MAKING EDUCATION POSSIBLE FOR THESE YOUNG STUDENTS.
We also provide tutoring as needed as they must prepare for the national WASSCE exam as they complete their final year of high school in June.
Closing announcements at Edinaman HS Tomorrow's Stars scholarship student Eric Justice tutoring our schlarship students
Bantuma Public School and Library:
Bantuma is a local public school in the Elmina area. Being a public school it is free to students (unless you want lunch or supplies). Three years ago, they made a room available to Tomorrow's Stars to create a library. We still operate the library for Bantuma students and the Bantuma Reading Club. Scholarships students Solomon, Richard and Letitia have been our librarians.
At Bantuma school Tomorrow's Stars helps with painting and furniture in the classrooms for the early grades and pays retired teacher Salome to read to children in Nursery and KG.
Often volunteers for Sabre and other organizations help at the library and painting at Bantuma school
Solomon hosting Bantuma Reading Club Meeting George at Librarian desk and Bantuma Library Salome at nursery where she reads to children.
Christ Cares Prep School:
Funding the building of Christ Cares was the first Tomorrow's Stars project back in 2003.
CCP is a private school for over 300 students from Nursery to Grade 9.
This past year there have been management changes and though it is too soon to tell, we are delighted with the direction that is being taken. The PTA meeting was well attended and the new science teacher is excited about making use of donated lab equipment.
Tomorrow's Stars provides a bonus for teachers as well as support in learning materials, furniture, computers and science lab equipment. We also provide scholarships to Edinaman for students who perform well on their BECE national grade 9 exam.
Madam Lydia with Rev Isaac and George at PTA Mtg Parents at Christ Cares PTA Meeting Teacher Shadrack with science students
Saturday AM lab with donated electricity equipment
Abrem Essiam Village Library and new KG/Nursery:
This small village 45 min drive from Elmina is the home of our "best ever" scholarship student Francis. His father Nana is the chief of the village and an education leader. Tomorrow's Stars has put in a library there, Francis is the librarian until he heads for university this September.
We have also funded a badly needed building for KG and Nursery, it is nearly complete and ready for paint. Nana has been the leader with village men doing all the labor for free, we buy the materials. It is progressing wonderfully and we are very proud.
Francis with students in Abrem library KG students in new classroom Outside of new KG/Nursery complex.
Edinaman Senior High:
In addition to our support of scholarship students, we are on good terms with the Head Master and staff for this school of over 1500 students. Some targets for your donations are the ICT (computer) lab, the beautiful library and science lab and tutoring. We help with things that the government does not provide. As you can imagine, there are many.
Biology Lab-prepping cell slides Edinaman library Using projector at Edinaman computer lab.
Teachers Raymond, Okoo and Cynthia
with volunteers Lee and Mary Ann