2013: A YEAR OF PROGRESS IN ELMINA, GHANA
2013 has been an eventful year at Tomorrow's Stars as we continue our projects in all areas of education. Below are some photos and comments about what we are doing.
Overall, we intend to "make education possible" by removing barriers for serious students at all levels. Our support is in these areas:
Support of "activity based learning" in Kindergarten.
Primary and JHS improvement at Christ Cares, Bantuma and Abrem Essiam.
Libraries at three schools (Christ Cares, Abrem Essiam and Bantuma)
Girls' clubs at two schools (Christ Cares and Bantuma)
- Boarding and Day Scholarships for 18 students at Edinaman SHS.
- Scholarship students and graduates who "Pay it forward" by helping with younger students.
- University scholarship support for three excellent students who "pay it forward"
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A NEW BEGINNING AT CHRIST CARES SCHOOL
In 2013 we had a management change at Christ Cares. The new Headmaster is Maxwell Appiah. He was the boy whom George met while running back in 2000. He is now 24 and leading the way, we are proud of him. Our new focus is on smaller class sizes and a better learning environment.
He has been HM for only six months, but we are moving in the right direction.
Maxwell (left) and staff at Christ Cares. Past Student Eric teaching science in Grade 7.
Grade one students with teacher Osborn and vase they made. KG 2 students with Christina.
Grade 5 girls studying together.
Letitia with Girls' Club.
Friday after noon Quiz competition. Grade 4, winners over 5 & 6.
Welcome to Christ Cares
New security gates to provide safer place for children.
Security Guard Kofi with Samuel the bookkeeper.
PAYING IT FORWARD AND UNIVERSITY
As we support students in Elmina, we expect them to "Pay it forward". We hope they will help the younger students achieve an education and make goals for their future. Many are doing this through teaching at Christ Cares, helping at libraries, mentoring and tutoring on vacations and working with the girls' clubs.
Many former students came to Christ Cares on Saturday to teach and mentor on "Pay it Forward Day"
Note the Phi Kappa Psi fundraising shirts.
Rudolph, Solo and Francis are our university scholars and pioneers.
Eric teaching "pipettes" in science lab and Letitia working with the Girls' Club
Chris (left) and Otabil (right) were tutored by Rudolph in Grade 9.
Now as HS grads, they will do the same for 9th graders Laurenda, Joshua, and Veronica (in front).
EDINAMAN HS AND SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS
We provide scholarships to 18 students at local Edinaman HS. Total enrollment is about 1600 students. Most of our scholarships are for boarding which allows students to stay on campus and have a better study environment.
These cost about $500 per year, please help us with donations to increase our number.
Recently EHS was awarded 60 laptops by the Ghana Gov't enhancing the computer education. Enkei America of Indiana has donated 2 projectors to help the computer lab.
Group of students with Justice (teacher and helper). Joseph and Esther.
Esther and Francis (left), Sharon and Portia (ctr).
EHS students in ICT lab using gov't supplied laptops and TS projectors.
ACTIVITY BASED KINDERGARTEN
In Ghana, 48% of KG teachers have had no training at all. Class sizes average over 60 children and teaching often resembles crowd control. Past methods for Kindergarten and primary learning rely on "rote" and do not handle the local language vs English challenges. A project to provide "activity based learning" is in process (initially at 12 KGs in the Elmina area). It is driven by Ghana Gov't and other NGOs including our partner sabretrust.org.
Tomorrow's Stars supports this effort with funding for supplies and a laptop for the resource room. Kathy Weir helps with design of activities including providing low/no cost local materials for these activities. Another big part of this project is the training and observing/helping the KG teachers who are using these methods.
The initial success of this project in Elmina has proven that the concept can work. UNICEF has decided to fund the roll out to all 65 public Kindergartens in the Elmina/KEEA district. A great achievement and thanks to Kathy for all her effort.
Examples of bottle caps and bingo cards and dice to teach numbers and letters while playing games.
More examples of puzzles and colored sticks to teach colors and counting. Resource room discussions and activity design.
ABREM ESSIAM: NURSERY/KG COMPLETE
Our star Francis is Paying it Forward in his village of Abrem Essiam. In 2013 we have completed building the Nursery/Kindergarden building with 3 classrooms and a staff room. TS paid for materials, labor was donated by the community.
Last summer, some volunteers arrived from the UK through our partner sabretrust.org and Francis helped to coordinate the project for painting pictures on the building and putting in a playground with a bamboo fence. They did a great job in their two weeks.
The library continues to be a success, it is operated by Isaac and there are many events to support education. It also is a secure home for the 11 laptops donated by the Ghana Education Service.
In 2014, we will be funding materials for a bathroom for the KG/Nursery.
Francis, Isaac and Nana in front of new building with art by Francis and Sabre volunteers.
Playground with locally made toys.
Playground bamboo fence. Isaac, Francis and Nana in Library.
GIRLS' CLUBS CONTINUE WITH A FLAIR
We are excited to see that the Girls' Club at Christ Cares is thriving under the guidance of Letitia who "pays it forward" as mentor for the girls as well as librarian. There are 24 members who are making bracelets and knit goods to send to Sue for sale in California. They are having fun and gaining confidence. More than that, they are discussing common issues and their hopes and dreams and plans for the future. See the Adehye Girls Club page. Letitia is a wonderful mentor and friend.
Adehye (Royals) Girls' Club meets after school with Letitia to discuss topics and create jewelry and knit work.
Our friend Elizabeth
Girls' Club members working and showing off their creations. They are soooo happy and proud.
LIBRARIES: HAVENS FOR STUDENTS
We have 3 libraries, each is located at a school. All are operated by former HS students who are paying it forward by helping the young students and making the library a place to read and learn.
Letitia, librarian at Christ Cares. Isaac, librarian at Abrem Essiam
Bantuma Library where Richard is librarian.
This visit, we had 4 laptops (one new, three used) donated to us. The new one came from Craig Shook of Phi Kappa Psi at Case Western (George's old house) specifically to help Francis who was a theft victim at Univ of Cape Coast. We also received a netbook from Carm DeCarlo and two laptops from Jonathan West and Claire Schmieler. We have found good homes for them.
Francis (straight A's in optometry at UCC) with laptop from Craig.
Our friend and helper Osei, with Net book from Carm DeCarlo.
Volunteer Kathy at Kindergarten activity resource room with laptop donated by Jonathan.
Michael, ICT teacher at Christ Cares with laptop from Claire.
FUN STUFF WE GET TO DO
A great joy of our trips to Elmina are those interactions with our students and friends. Some of these are pictured below:
Left: Giving out "keep books" to neighborhood children.
At right: Otabil, Chris and George visited the "Ghana Fab Lab" in Takoradi Created by MIT, it trains on CNC programming and machining/laser cutting
George and Godwin, he has built and opened a restaurant
Each trip we play a little golf, enough good shots to come back.
Otabil and Chris after the table tennis championship. Otabil edged George two games to one.
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