Grants awarded April 2019

At the GSA committee meeting in April, the following schools were awarded grants totalling £9230.00.

Kalpohin Kamaria School, Northern Region;  Akosa D/A Basic School, Brong Ahafo;  Aperade Methodist Primary School, Eastern Region;  Asikaso D/A Basic School, Eastern Region;  Kenyasi No 1 R.C. Basic School;  Dumso Bethel Primary School;  Kumoso M/A Primary School, Asunefo S;  New Hope Educational Development, Berekuso;  Asunu No. 2 Catholic Primary School and JHS;  Asanteman L/A Primary School;  Batabi Presbyterian School;  Aboabo L/A Basic School;  Sandema (FISTRAD project on reading for JHS students)

THIRTY-THIRD REUNION LUNCH AND AGM

Our 2019 reunion will be held in the crypt of Saint Mary’s Church, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TX on THURSDAY 13TH JUNE, at 11am.   St Mary’s is mid-way between ANGEL tube station, and HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON tube station and overground railway station.

After coffee at 11am, we will be starting with the AGM at 11.30am, followed by lunch at 1pm and tea later in the afternoon.  The charge for attendance will be £32 per head.  If you would like to add to that sum a donation to GSA, that would be particularly welcomed.

To register by Friday 7th June please contact me and I will send you the requisite form to fill in.

Penny Sewell, 020 8444 5758, pennymsewell@gmail.com

 

Reception at St. James’ Palace, October 2018

Our Chairman, Ted Mayne, represented GSA at a reception at St. James’ Palace.  He writes the following report:

I received a pilot email from St James’s Palace asking if I would accept an invitation to a reception being hosted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to prior to their official visit to Ghana in November 2018.  This came somewhat as a surprise and it transpired that my name had been put forward by Paul Boateng who was actively involved in the visit.  Apparently Paul Boateng was asked to nominate a selection of people who were actively involved in charity work in Ghana.  I was one of a few names submitted by Paul in recognition of the work done by Ghana School Aid.  I gladly accepted but felt this was undeserved because there were so many members of GSA who were more deserving.  I attended the reception and it was a pleasure to meet so many like minded persons who had a passion for Ghana.  I was pleased that there are so many small charities which are so actively involved.  The Prince of Wales had clearly done his home work and Ghana School Aid was a charity he had researched and we spoke briefly about his earlier involvement in Achimota.  He was disappointed that he would not be visiting the school this time.  He had been there some years before.  I enjoyed the occasion and met up with a number of old contacts.  I left feeling that we had been recognised as a worthwhile charity which has been given Royal Approval and as an organisation we should be encouraged to continue the good work.  I must record my appreciation to the committee for helping to put GSA on the map.

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January 2019 Grants Awarded

At our GSA committee meeting on 17th January, we awarded grants totaling £11,245 to the following eleven schools:  Kanvilli-Tawfikiya JHS;  Yilonaayili Anglican Primary School;  Tibung JHS, Northern Region;  King’s Academy, Eastern Region;  Kpachelo E/A Primary School, Nanton, Northern Region;  Karbo Primary School, UWR (towards the EducATE project there;  Asin Asamankese T.I Ahmadiyya Basic School, Central Region;  Dokykrom D/A Basic School, Brong Ahafo;  Aboagyaa-Nkwante AME Zion Basic School, Brong-Ahafo;  Sumaman SHS, Brong Ahafo;  Techimantia T.I. Ahmadiyya Basic School, Brong-Ahafo.

We still have six applications which will wait until our next meeting in April.

We will expect further applications, focusing on water and sanitation, during the next “window” 1st October to 15th November.

Grants awarded September 2018

In September we awarded grants totaling £13.700 to the following fourteen schools.  Hartley Trust Foundation School;  Sandema Project (UER);  Kings Academy, Etwereso;  Atwedie (Kenyasi No. 3) D/A Primary and JH School;  Kenyasi No 2 Methodist Primary School;  Esinianim No 2 D/A Basic School;  Asunsu No 2 Catholic Primary and JH School;  Asanteman L/A Primary School;  Wassa-Nkonya D/A Basic School;  Akim-Batabi Presbyterian School;  Aboabo L/A Basic School;  Suponso-Onamabi Basic School;  Offinso State A Primary School;  Kwaboanta D/A JH School.

The next window for applications will be 1st October to 15th November 2019 for projects involving water and sanitation.

“WINDOWS” FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS

In order to enable us to properly assess the great numbers of good grant applications we are receiving, we are introducing specific periods during which we will accept applications.  We are very sorry, but we will not accept applications outside these “windows”.  The next “windows” are as follows

  • 1st October to 15th November 2019  – water and sanitation projects
  • 15th February to 31st March 2020  – no theme decided on at present

Those who regularly consult our website will notice that the 1st October to 15th November 2018 window has been removed.  We are very sorry about this, but it is our only way of addressing the large number of applications we have received.  We have some 15 applications in hand that we have not yet been able to consider, and these will be addressed in January 2019.

We have decided to adopt a themed approach.  For certain windows we ask for applications that only fall into a particular category.  We are restricting the October to November 2019 window to projects involving water and sanitation.  Ideas for future themes include “teaching resources” and “sports facilities”.

Please also bear in mind our priorities:  education in the Northern regions of Ghana, and the education of girls.

2018 AGM – Chairman’s Report

It has been a busy and very challenging year with record income and expenditure.  We have taken on several new projects, and demands for funding continue to increase.  According to official statistics provided by the Ghanaian Education Authorities, there are 18,655 junior and secondary schools in Ghana.  We have helped just over 100 of them.  This is a clear sign as to what a huge task we have:  our contributions have been a mere drop in the ocean, but to the 100+ fortunate schools, our efforts have meant such a lot.  We must go on.

By now you should have received your copy of our Newsletter which gave prominence to our long-standing founder member and treasurer, Stanley Anthony, who sadly died last year.  Stanley was passionate about the achievements of Ghana School Aid and he remained an active supporter right to the end.  He leaves a huge gap which will never be filled.  Full details of Stanley’s life are included in the special obituaries in the Newsletter as well as on our website.  Sadly, two others of our long-standing members also died during 2017, namely David Heaton and John Urquhart Burn.  Both David and John gave generously over the years and they will be missed at our annual reunions.

Indira Ghandi, in an address to the people of India in 1974, stated that women’s education is almost more important than the education of boys and men.  She added, “I do not mean in India, but all the world, and women’s education seems to have been neglected in so many countries.’  We at Ghana School Aid are concentrating our efforts on women, particularly in rural areas.  If Ghana is to become what we want it to become, with a modern, rational society and firmly based on what is good in their ancient traditions, and in the soil, Ghana needs a thinking public, thinking young women who are not content to accept what comes from any part of the world but are willing to listen to it, to analyse it and to decide if it is to be accepted or whether it is to be rejected  – and this is the sort of education Ghana wants, which enables its young people in this changing world to be able to contribute to it.  So we continue with the hope that all of Ghana will be aware that no job is out of reach of those with a good education.

Some people think that only by taking up very high jobs, you are doing something important or you are doing a national service.  But we all know that the most complex machinery will be ineffective if one small screw is not working as it should, and that screw is just as important as any big part.  It is the same in national life.  There is no job that is too small, there is no person who is too small.  Everybody has something to do.  And if he or she does it well, then the country will run well.

In our superstition, we have thought that some work is dirty work.  For instance, housework has been regarded as lowly.  Only some people can do it, others should not do it.  Now take the example of manure:  we find that manure is one of the most valuable things that the world has today and many of the world’s economies are shaking because there is not enough fertilizer – and not just chemical fertilizer but ordinary manure and all those sorts of things which were considered dirty.  Now we see how beautifully balanced the world was, with everything fitting in with something else. Everything, whether dirty or small, has a purpose and every person is important.

‘There is no job that is too small;  there is no person who is too small.’

So I hope that all of us who have this great advantage of education will not only do whatever work we can, keeping Ghana’s interests in view, but will make our own contribution to creating peace and harmony, and bringing beauty and success to the lives of our people and Ghana.  I think this is the special responsibility of the women in Ghana.  We want to do a great deal for the country, but we have never regarded Ghana as isolated from the rest of the world.  What we want to do is to make a better world. So we have to see and analyse Ghana’s problems in the perspective of the larger world problems.

Last year I announced that I was considering relinquishing my position as chairman and I took the opportunity to ask for a volunteer replacement.  To date, no-one has come forward.  So I am using this opportunity to make another appeal.  For my part, I will willingly be available to see through the installation of any successor.  I must add that every member of the executive committee has been magnificent throughout the year and this has made my duties much less demanding.  So I end by thanking everyone, especially Penny Sewell for organising today, Jo Hallett for her coordination efforts, Nigel Dennis for being such a useful treasurer and Jennifer MacDougall for producing our Newsletter.  thank you everyone.

Ted Mayne, Chairman.