Our Children Networking project is adding unique values into the lives of our networkers. NKABOM Media group of Gbawe Methodist School, the networkers have engaged in article writing which is to helps children practice their reading and writing skills. The children are developing new friendships and social skills also seeing each one's views and to think outside of themselves and writing letters develops patience and empathy.
We would like to use this opportunity to share Mercy Sam's story: "Mercy Sam is my name. I attend school at Gbawe Methodist '2' basic school. I am a member of PAAJAF foundation club, which is also called Nkabom club. I'm writing on a topic which is based on "Child Education". I would be very grateful, if you could allow me space to air my view on child education which has eaten deep in our society. In fact, Ghana is a country with good resources such as Gold, Diamond, Cocoa, and Tourist sites etc. these make the country nice and attractive and attract foreigners to visit the country.
But there is one particular problem that disturbs the country and this is about child education. But one may ask, what is child education? This is where the problem lies. Child education is a continuous process of sending children who are of school age to school to gain knowledge and to be trained for them to become a responsible people in future. So that one can gain respect from each other. So it is good for one or every individual to be in a form of education or educated. This is because when one is not been put into education; they may be ignorant about their right and how to fight for their right. And this is all about low education. In fact, the level of education is very low, which has become a chronic problem to the society and it has eaten deep our society and in government it has eaten deep in the finance of the government. This is because, education service has inadequate teaching materials and less infrastructures. Eg. Teaching aids which will help to teach the children, desks, text books etc. Some people/students walk a long way from their towns/houses to school and they get there late and have to miss a lesson.
So schools must be built in the nearby towns and villages, so that it will enable students to get to school early. Some also had to wake up early and do lots of work before they go to school, and by the time they gets to class, they are already exhausted, weak and tired. So when lesson is going on, they always sleep in class without paying attention on what the teacher is teaching/saying. And this also makes learning difficult for some students. So child labour should be reduced so that students can put more effort of learning and it can also improve upon their learning. I am appealing to the government to put more effort to help improve upon child education to make Ghana full of brilliant and intelligent people, to be able to gain respect without being abuse and cheated by other countries.
I would like to appeal to general public to support PAAJAF. This organization is doing good things in our community and making great difference in our lives. Now I am thinking outside my community. Thank you!
MERCY SAM J.H.S 2 B"
Hello Friends of PAAJAF,
Once again, I count it a great pleasure to give you the update at the Children Network Centre at PAAJAF as you are aware about our activities.
The Children’s Network provides an after-school programme for children and young people to support their learning and provide a link between the children and their schools as well as between children, their families and the wider community. The programme is also a support network for children in schools and communities.
It enables them to share ideas and develop problem-solving strategies so that they are better able to understand the barriers to education and social engagement in which they are trapped and to look to developing solutions to these problems.
Your support to the programme has been great beneficial and we are thankful to you. Please give a little minute to read the networkers articles at www.nkabom.net and watch our videos as attached to this report.
PAAJAF needs your help to continues to add value to the lives poor children in Gbawe.
Dear Friends of PAAJAF,
The Children’s Network provides an after school programme for children and young people to support their learning and links the children their schools, and the greater community.
It enables them to share ideas and develop problem-solving strategies so that they are better able to understand the barriers to education and social engagement in which they are trapped and develop solutions to these problems. Children are guided in homework revisions, studying for exams and in life skills and games, to motivate and encourage them in their success at school.
Started in 2007, the Children’s Network began in Benkasa Community, BrongAhafo Region of Ghana with 65 public school students. However, the project has now closed in 2011 since there is lack of funding for the project.
In 2010, the programme was recommenced at Gbawe Methodist Basic School with 32 networkers. The project has brought a major relief to parents who cannot employ part-time teachers to help their children concerning their homework. Due to the networking, many of such underprivileged children now enjoy extra teachings after school to help them.
PAAJAF needs your help to resume this project; $50 helps to pay 1 volunteer facilitator allowance per a month for 12 month in this year 2012. PAAJAF needs 3 volunteers to help on the project. Summary, $1,800 needed. Other needs include: stationery, hire of venue, utility bills. Volunteers are also needed to write winning proposals for the project and fundraising.
All helping hands are invited and we need minded people like you to help these underprivileged children at Gbawe in Ghana.
My name is Patience Bonney. I attend Gbawe Methodist “2” Basic. I am very happy that PAAJAF is found in Gbawe community that is working to make difference in the lives of underprivileged like me. I am glad, I am glad, I am a network of the foundation’s children Network. I pray that the foundation would continue to exist, since it is making great difference in my life. I want to continue my education and I hope the foundation would help. I am in stage seven and 15 years of age. - Patience, aged 15
The After School Program is still on going but there is lack of funding to reach out to the children. We are in need stipend for the teachers at the centre. So, PAAJAF and the children here are pleading to all to come to their aid to help make a difference in their lives.
This is to inform you the progress of our children network programme in Gbawe Community. The programme currently has 35 networkers with one volunteer co-ordinator. We are in need of facilitators who can make impact in the lives of our networkers. And this is to recruit University students as facilitators. This project is in need of funding to meet the goals of the programme. We would like to appeal to you all to come to our aid and invest in the thirsty minds of our networkers. The programme is based on afterschool programme. Kindly watch the programme as attached as linked. You can create and make a change in the lives of the impoverish children.
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