I am writing to provide you with an update to PAAJAF's projects and to let you know a few changes we are making in the short term to help our projects and beneficiaries.
We were visited by Helen at GlobalGiving UK, as a project evaluator to help us to make improvements to our projects and give us advice on how we can support the people in the Gbawe community better with our limited resources and funds. Helen gave us some great feedback, you can read about it here https://www.facebook.com/notes/globalgiving-uk/meet-vera/10151520544697484
Together, we have decided that in the short term, due to our very limited funds and resources, that we will be retiring 3 of the projects from GlobalGiving and focusing all of our efforts on Help Underprivileged Children In Ghana and sponsoring the fantastic children featured on our website. http://www.paajaf.org/fundraisers/scholarship-fund/
We are fully committed to making a positive difference in the lives of underprivileged children, youth and women in our community.
We are determined to provide scholarship support to the children identified in our community and will be participating the September Fundraiser at GlobalGiving.
You have helped us on our incredible journey, and we hope to continue with your support in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I am more than happy to answer any queries you have.
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State schools in Gbawe are overcrowded, at Gbawe Methodist Junior High School there are up to 65 pupils per class and teachers struggle to attend to individual students’ needs. We have one aim to help young people to meet their educational goals - every child deserves an education and bright future.
We link to our youtube video and photos of our recent generous stationery donation received from the UK - the children send heartfelt appreciation!
In Ghana, computers and the Internet is part of children’s natural environment. There are wide gaps in the use of ICT between rural and urban schools in Ghana. There is a severe lack of adequate computers and other ICT tools especially in rural schools. At Gbawe Methodist School there are no computers or any available IT literate teachers to provide computer literacy classes to students.
Our project is currently stalled because of lack of funds to support the salaries of qualified teachers and purchase of IT equipment and educational materials to run a 6 month program for up to 70 students from the local Junior High School.
However, children have written articles to YOU about Child Education, Chastity and Human Rights. Together we created Nkabom! Children of Ghana online magazine which features articles from 11 students, they are very proud of putting their writing together to share with you! It would mean a lot to them to share our magazine with your friends and family!
An injection of funds would allow the below to proceed;
The vision for the After School Program is to meet the educational needs of young people in the Gbawe community by:
• Focusing on children from homes experiencing difficult financial situations (e.g. single parent with no income), and those from the local school who have a low level of literacy;
• Tutoring by qualified teachers in computing, English and math using an online portal (Nkabom) to discuss homework assignments (in the aforementioned subject areas) and media and creativity projects;
• Providing healthy snacks to supplement children’s diets and improve their health.
• Finally, supplying educational materials such as access to computers, pens, pencils and books to students for use during and after the program.
This will be monitored monthly and evaluation reports produced on project expenditure and assessment of children's progress. Thank you for your kind support, please pass our message on.
You made it happen! Young writers at the After School Program have received packs of pencils, pens, paper and stickers for up to 30 children to continue their creative writing studies, thanks to your generous donations.
The After School Program have been working hard and writing stories about issues that are important to them. Class 2B from Gbawe Methodist School have written about Human Rights and particularly it's affect in Ghana. They discussed in class what to look out for and some of the ways by which human rights abuse can be prevented and wrote up their thoughts in articles.
Stationery such as pens and paper helps the children practice to learn how to write and gives them the opportunity to share their thoughts on paper. If you would like to donate stationery, books or school materials to the children of Gbawe Methodist School please contact Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org
We share young writer Jennifer Mills article below...
I am Jennifer Mills, A member of the PAAJAF Foundation Children’s Network , As a citizen of this country, I am writing this article to talk and also write my views and opinions on the topic Human Rights Abuse
Child abuse is a cruel treatment of children such as beating, calling nasty names, insulting, cursing and so on. In other words, it is a bad treatment of a child by an adult, especially an adult in a position of trust or authority.Secondly, I want to talk on child trafficking. This human rights abuse is a practice of taking children known as “Kayayo” for other jobs elsewhere. Many young girls and boys are brought from Northern Ghana to the Southern part of Ghana to work as common carriers.
I would like to speak on the sex trade. The sex trade is the forcing or luring young girls into sexual activities for money. Mostly, the money goes to their madam who has forced them into this life.
The fourth point is child labor. This human right abuse is the act of employing children less than 15 years old in income generating activities e.g. Children who sell ice water, rubber bags, just to support themselves of their family instead of being in school.
Lastly, I want to speak on Child Kidnapping, this is the practice of kidnapping or taking children away from their parents without the consent of the parents.
Some of the people who suffer human rights abuse are situated in certain sectors of the Ghanaian population, these in conflict areas and minority groups in towns and villages. The reasons why such people are vulnerable to human rights abuse are because of low education, poverty, fear, apathy and lack of political representation.
Some of the ways by which human rights abuse can be prevented includes education and the role of the courts. when people go to school and are educated on human rights abuse, it can help to prevent them suffering from it, because they know their rights.
I would like to end the article here. I hope the acts mentioned will be in no use again and that no one will stop others from having their rights. I wish that people who practice human rights abuses will endeavor to stop it. I thank you for giving an ear to what I have said. I will be very thrilled to hear that human abuse is decreasing in our country Ghana.by Jennifer Mills - A member of the PAAJAF Foundation
This project so far gives 36 children help and support with their school work. We thank you for your generosity and the children have been writing articles, engaging in exercise classes and creative art activities.
$10 provides a much-needed book or snack. $30 helps pay for electricity to run the program after school hours and $50 pays 1 facilitator. We have some challenges, can you help? Please share this message with others.
Some of our challenges:
The bright and brilliant members of the PAAJAF Children’s Network (Nkabom) at Gbawe Methodist ‘2’ Basic School have written these thoughtful and engaging articles from their own unique perspective. 14 year old Mary shares what is important to her about child education.
Mary Essuman is my name. I am fourteen (14) years of age. I am a member of PAAJAF Foundation (Children’s Network) also known as Nkabom. I’m writing an article on a topic of Child Education.
Poverty is a factor why child education is very low. Because some people don’t have money to send their wards to school, they send their children into trading such as selling on their own street and others hustle about, they become street-children, pregnant and their lives become miserable.
Another fact is that some places in our society have no school buildings and they children study under trees and even only the lucky ones study under a tent. Though these people don’t even see why they must send their children to school.
Some don’t know the importance of school. In the olden days girls are not allowed to be educated because of some reasons. They said girls are to stay in the house and cook while the boys are allowed to go to school to get a good work. Only a few Ghanaian girls were educated.
Some also send their children to be educated but are not able to provide them with their school materials. Others don’t have computer laboratory when studying I.C.T to do practicals and also don’t have science laboratory to perform practicals. Some schools don’t have material such as a pair of compasses, a pair of dividers and blackboard rulers for teaching mathematics.
In my points, I have listed above what make education low in Ghana. But if the government and other NGOs helped, it can make child education in Ghana move to higher level.
First of all let me talk on poverty: the government and NGOs must provide public schools so that parents who are in poverty can send his/her child to school and they will not pay school fees. Those who sit under trees can also benefit and when it is during the rainy season they can come to school and not only in the dry season if they build the school for that area in society.
Secondly, the government and NGOs must tell people about how child education is important. They must tell society about how child education is important. They must tell them that, if you go to school it will help people to achieve their aims and they also will be able to read and write. Government must also educate parents on what Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey said, which states that if a man is educated it benefits one person but if a woman is educated the whole nation benefits. So am pleading with the government, ministers, NGOs to educate parents and even children to what Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey said.
Thirdly, I like to plead with the government and NGOs to do their best and visit schools in Ghana and provide them with academic needs that the teacher will use in teaching. Also they must give materials such as pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, exercise books, note books, school bags to the needy who don’t have these item so that they can also write and learn hard. I suggest that government should enforce laws to improve upon child education in Ghana. They must also build science and computer laboratories for the public.
THANK YOU! FROM MARY ESSUMAN – CLASS 2B
With help from generous donations we have presented 60 books worth $40 USD to pupils at the Gbawe Methodist School in Accra. The items included much-needed exercise books and pencils as prizes to students for articles wrote about Human Rights during their After School program (Nkabom – Children’s Network) which supports 36 pupils.
8 students were presented with prizes. The next contest theme the children are writing about hunger and food and My Community, Gbawe - we look forward to providing you feedback on their articles!
Headmistress Mrs. Elizabeth Larbi who presented the books to students, said the book donation encouraged students to keep writing and motivated them.
Teacher Mr Alex Nyani of class Junior High School Class 3 at the Gbawe Methodist School expressed gratitude for the support given which helps pupils improve on their studies. The Children’s Network at the school which creates a safe after-school environment for pupils to do their homework and interact with their peers that enriches their lives and community.
Alex and Elizabeth say it helps students to share ideas and give them a supportive environment for learning.
Please watch the presentation podcast: http://paajaf.podomatic.com/entry/2012-10-25T11_16_41-07_00
So far, the story has featured in various online media, such as Vibe Ghana, Ghana News Aid and OnlinePRNews.
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