Akrodie Saviour Primary School, Brong-Ahafo

This school received £1500 from the Teach Ghana Trust, and £1500 from Ghana School Aid, to build a new block and provide furniture for KG and Lower Primary.  The project is now completed and we received the following report and pictures from the Headteacher, Nicholas Kwarteng, in January 2019:

I refer to the grant sent to Akrodie saviour primary school for the purpose of providing furniture for the KG and lower primary, the project has been completed as planned.The amount was used to provide 15 sets of hexagonal tables at a cost of 4500 ghana cedis and 20 dual desks at 3100 Ghana cedis.  Add transport costs.
The project has been  completed and handed over to the school is the presence of the Circuit Supervisor, SMC and PTA executives, staff and the pupils. On my own behalf and the entire Saviour community, we wish to say a very big thank you and also wish you continue to support the school since the school lacks other facilities such as ICT centre and toilet.  Importance of the furniture:
The pupils now have enough furniture for learning.
The furniture supports both group and individual teaching and learning.
It has reduced the burden of parents from buying furniture for their wards.
The painted furniture attracts pupils to come to school regularly.
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Amoamang Methodist Primary School, Ashanti Region

This school was established in 1942 in Sekyere Central District in Ashanti Region.  The Headteacher, Mrs Mary Boateng, applied to us for help in providing classroom furniture and upgrading some classrooms.  Mrs. Boateng has sent the following message of appreciation, and some “before and after” pictures:

We received this email from Mary Boateng, in June 2018:

With heart full of gratitude and appreciation we write to thank you for coming to our aid to secure furniture for the school. Management of the above school is highly appreciative for the kind gesture. The life saving grant has helped tailored sound academic work and we gladly count on your continual support to help in lift the standard of education in the school to compliment the government’s effort in fighting illiteracy in the deprived communities. On behalf of the school, community and my own behalf, I write to say a big thank you for the generous support, contribution and assistance to the school.

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Yilonaayili Anglican Primary/KG School

This school, situated near Tamale, applied to GSA for funding to create concrete flooring in their classrooms.  We were able to respond, and have received a lovely thank-you letter, and some pictures.  In November 2017, the Headteacher wrote:  … For barely over three years now we have been trying to get support from either individuals or NGOs to floor the classrooms, but all our efforts were in vain and pupils had to manage sitting on the dusty ground … which does not make the classroom conducive for effective teaching and learning.       At long last, luck shone on us when your representative, Mr. Salifu Baako, visited the school and held a meeting with me and some teachers.  Now we are a happy school.  We have good floors and a floored veranda.  Thanks to your efforts and kind  support.     Mothers expressed happiness that their children’s school uniform will no longer be as dirty as before as they now sit on cemented floor instead of the bare ground. …

The Headteacher’s picture below shows her in an Islamic head covering, even though the school is a Christian one.

Yilonaayili Headteacher

Yilonaayili Headteacher

Yilonaayili teachers happy with new floors

Yilonaayili teachers happy with new floors

Yilonaayili new classroom floor

Yilonaayili new classroom floor

Asanteman Basic D/A Primary and KG school

Samuel Yeboah wrote to us from this school off the beaten track in the Western region, applying for help in building a classroom block for their kindergarten.  In November 2017 we sent £1000, and have received photographs and a report of the progress made.  GSA is happy to say we are sending a further grant towards this project.

Asanteman B work in progress February 2018

Asanteman B work in progress February 2018

Asanteman B building work Feb 2018

Asanteman B building work Feb 2018

 

T.I. Ahmadiyya (Kenyasi No. 2) Primary School

This school is in the Brong-Ahafo region.  In 2017 we sent a grant for them to purchase tables and chairs for their Kindergarten children.  We have received pictures and a long letter of appreciation.

ahmadiyya July 2017 THE GES REPRESENTATIVE AT THE CEREMONY IN A HAND SHAKE WITH THE HEADTEACHER

AHMADIYYA July 2017 THE GES REPRESENTATIVE AT THE CEREMONY IN A HAND SHAKE WITH THE HEADTEACHER

Ahmadiyya July 2017 plastic tables and chairs

Ahmadiyya July 2017 plastic tables and chairs

Ahmadiyya July 2017 A FURNISHED KG1 CLASSROOM BY GSA

Ahmadiyya July 2017 A FURNISHED KG1 CLASSROOM BY GSA

 

Bekwai Islamic School

GSA sent a grant to this Ashanti Region school to buy classroom furniture.  Here is part of the Headmaster, Samuel Abetteh’s thank you letter:  The kg classrooms are now having adequate round tables and chairs with is now promoting team learning and effective and efficient group method of teaching among the pupils and the teachers.  Teachers do not now waste time to arrange the furniture because of the table shape.  This has helped them deliver a lesson in a flexible and systematic manner in line with their teaching philosophy and lessons objective.  The teachers find it very easy now to move over during teaching and indoor play activities to address individual pupils’ needs.  the furniture proved promotes self-learning for the pupils because it also serves as teaching learning material because of their attractive primary colour paints.  the attractive colour has indeed also sustained pupils’ attention span by preventing boredom and sleep during lesson delivery.  There has been an improvement in the pupils’ handwriting because the furniture has promoted good seating posture.  We are very grateful for your kind gesture towards our school.  Long live GSA, long live the Board, long live your representatives, long live Madam Jo.  [GSA secretary]  The students give you guys hi fiveeeeee!!!!. 

The brightly coloured chairs are here!

The “thank you” notice says it all.

Order and harmony in the KG classroom.

Nayos Academy

We heard of this school through the charity Action Through Enterprise, and asked our representative in Ghana, Kofi Ohene, to visit it.  He tells us that Peter and Selina Ossom are the owners, that the school is a private initiative and is the only school in Yensiso, on the Mamfe-Koforidua road, Eastern Region.  Kofi reported that lessons were taking place in sheds while new premises took shape on an adjacent site.  He recommended that we send £2000 towards the new building, and recent reports show dramatic progress.  Enrolment stands at 100 and growing.

Here are the pictures we received:

  Mr & Mrs Ossom

  The school as it was

  The new building taking shape

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Akim-Anamase Zion Primary School

This school of 160 pupils is in the Eastern Region.  Mr Charles Oppong applied to us for help in buying new school furniture.  We sent £1000 and have received this wonderful thank-you email from Charles (abridged here) on 25.7.2017.

Dear Joe.
            On behalf of the staff, P. T. A executives and the pupils of Akim-Anamase Zion Primary School and the entire community write to express our profound gratitude and appreciation for giving us a Grant of GH¢5433.54 towards the provision of furnitures in the school. The grant has made a significant impact in the social and academic life of the pupils.
         The memory of your organization will forever linger in the hearts of the school as you are the only organization  that has extended an arm to the school.
        The grant has solved the following problems in the school hence aiding smooth academic work.
        In the first place, the furnitures has made teaching and learning very effective, comfortable and conducive. At first, a desk which was meant for two pupils was occupied by three and sometimes four pupils, creating a whole lot of inconvenience in the classroom. This affected their handwriting and also hindered them from doing independent work in class. Pupils always resort to copying from their friends whenever an exercise is given. Due to this challenge at first the classroom teacher wasn’t able to assess the pupils performance very well. But the New desks added to de old ones have solve this Problems and now comfortability ,independent work is a hallmark. Handwriting of pupils is now improving as a results of their New seating arrangement.
         Also the provision of both teachers tables and chairs for each classroom has made teachers now Seat in the comfort of their chairs to Mark pupils work and other related classroom tasks which wasn’t so in the past.  

Infact , the teachers were happy when they  saw the tables and chairs. The tables was made with drawer lock inside where teachers can now store some of their teaching materials inside. For examples pupils Attendance Register, teachers lesson note and other Materials are now kept in the drawer lock and lock with key.
        Moreover teachers were excited about the way the chairs were made. The leather foam on it make it comfortable for them to Seat on it without complaining of back pains and waist pains unlike the wooden chair with no leather foam on it.
        Furthermore, the cupboard have saved the children’s from carrying  their books to and from school everyday under the mercy of the weather. Their books sometimes get wet especially in the rainy season. Pupils now put their books under  keys and lock. School textbook and other relevant documents in the school have been well catered for by the cupboards. The tradition of putting books on the bare floor and sometimes in cartoons as depicted in the picture is now a thing of the past. 
        Another lasting impact the grant has made is the relief it has brought to parents. Parents have been saved from contributing money to secure those items for their wards. It wasn’t easy for them contributing because of their financial standings. Parents are now safe and sound on matters relating to furnitures in the school, because heavy burden has been removed off from their head.
       Also on behalf of the staff P. T. A and the entire pupils of Akim-Anamase Zion primary school were appealling that if you can put it in your next agenda to come to their aid of small number of Computers to make the teaching and learning of i. C. T very useful and  practical to the pupils at their basic levels .The computers will improve their typing skills and also get to know more importance about the use of computers at their basic levels.
      With one accord. We say a big THANK YOU and AYEKOO to GHANA SCHOOL AID and all your donors for such a gesture. We hope  you will continue to help the school to See more development to make the school the beacon of excellence in the Birim- South District .
       Thank you once again for the Kind gesture and we look forward to seeing you and your able committee members in Akim -Anamase one day.
      LONG LIVE DONORS!
      LONG LIVE ABLE LEADERS! 
      LONG LIVE GHANA SCHOOL AID!! 
                       Yours faithfully,
                      Oppong Charles,

For staff, P. T. A. Executives, pupils and parents of Akim Anamase Zion primary School.  

Here are three of the pictures Charles sent:

Happy boys using the new desks.  Note the pile of old ones in the background!

Sitting in comfort, at last !

The new desks with “Donate GSA 2017”

GUMANI HASANIYA ISLAMIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Upon a good report from our representative Salifu Baako, we sent a grant of £440  to this school for metal doors and windows for 3 classrooms.  These have now been installed.  The Headmistress, Mrs Samiatu Attu, writes:  Coming on the heels of financial constraints in completing the remaining three classrooms by the PTA, your support was timely and a life-line to the school’s continued existence. … We pledge to maintain the doors and windows. Thank you.     

       A doorless classroom

        

The doors arriving…                                               … and ready to be installed 

HIA COMMUNITY LIBRARY, ASHANTI

Rita De-Graft writes:  In February 2017, Kate Regan (GSA) joined Mary Owusu and myself, both from the Ghana Nurses Association UK and Development Missions Network Ghana, to travel to Ghana.  The aim of the visit was to follow up on the progress of the Hia Community Library which was started in November 2007 and to organise the set-up of the library (the books shipped out between 2008 and 2017, and shelving).  Whilst in Ghana, Agnes Nartey from the Ghana Nurses Association joined the team.  We made the long journey to Hia on two separate days.  On arrival  the Team had a meeting with the Chief of the village, Nana Wiredu.  With resources kindly donated by Kate Regan, most of the books were recorded and classified using colour coding.  The book shelves the Library committee had commissioned were modified for safety reasons, and this was done quickly and efficiently.  One of the teachers who had recently been on a Library course, volunteered to help set up and run the library.  A cross-section of Primary 4, 5 and 6 pupils were given a lesson on how the library resources could be used to enhance their learning. 

Webmistress Penny writes:  The above report has been slightly edited and abridged. Incidentally, past GSA grants have helped to install electricity and furniture in the library. GSA is is delighted that the end of a long journey is in sight and wishes to recognise the huge commitment and contribution made by the individuals involved.  THANK YOU!