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Mar 19, 2019

Perspectives 2019

Children being taught chess
Children being taught chess

Dear Friends and partners,

It has been a good start to the year 2019 for us Acres of Mercy. A few key highlights: -

  1. At the end of the year when schools closed in October 2018, we had a total enrollment of 118 students, 58% (68%) were boys and 42% (50) were girls. There was an increase in boys’ enrolment while girls’ enrolment remained constant.
  2. On 30th February 2019 we had an enrollment at the school of 123. Of these 54% (66) were boys and 46% (57) were girls.
  3. Of the 6 classes targeted for completion in 2019, we have completed 95% of Pre-primary 1, 80% of Pre-primary 2 and 50% of Grades 1-3. We will be starting on the foundation of the sixth class by July 2019.

As earlier stated in our last report, we wanted a different 2019, Here is a reminder of our key goals for the school and brief status updates.

  1. Complete the construction of 6 classes; 5 are generally three-quarters done, and have been roofed. 1 class has been tiled, painted and had glass windows installed. The construction of 1 will start from foundation level.
  2. Complete girls’ ablution block
  3. Complete a Learning Makerspace for the school
  4. Install outdoor playing equipment for pre-school children.
  5. Enroll at least 150 children by the end of the year 2019
  6. Have students participate in cognitive games like Chess to build their critical thinking and logic skills. A chess club is already in place and students have gone through over 20 hours of basic chess training. The school club has an active membership of 15 students as at end of February 2019.
  7. Continue giving reading and comprehension skills. Between January and February 2019 over 100 story books have been borrowed from the school library and remediation classes are ongoing for children without foundational reading skills beginning at phonetical knowledge and skills.
  8. Ensure children are attending school regularly and are learning
  9. Improve parental participation in the school life of the children under their care. Since January 2019, we have had 2 parents’ meetings with a parental attendance of 50%
  10. Together increase the support to the children from $2554 to $5000 by end of 2019.

On behalf of the Board, the staff and the children of Acres of Mercy we thank you for your continued support. Let’s make 2019 the best year yet as we seek to get more partners and friends involved in transforming the lives of children.

Colourful Classroom Interiors
Colourful Classroom Interiors
Students and Teachers Meet in an Incomplete Class
Students and Teachers Meet in an Incomplete Class
Progress of the Building as at March 2019
Progress of the Building as at March 2019
Mar 19, 2019

Growing Impact of Teacher Leaders

Teaching Students Problem Solving via Chess
Teaching Students Problem Solving via Chess

Dear Friends and partners,

Let me thank you all for being there, offering support both moral and financial to help us serve children better. This stilll remains our drive for the year 2019. 

We are in the third month of the year and still seeing teachers committed to nurturing, protecting and giving children a firm foundation.

The following are excerpts of what the teachers have been doing with the limited resources with the children: Let's call them Continuing Change Stories

Growing George*

George is in class 5, Grade 5 equivalent at Acres of Mercy Learning Centre. He is one of those energetic, constantly-buzzzing around children. You know, the ones we call hyperactive. His teachers, through constantly being encouraged, counselled, trained have been able to develoop the patience and grace to say the following about him. "George has matured, and now even asks for permission to go out." For George this is a remarkable show of growth and maturing. As his teacher Madam Serah puts it, "Previously he would just walk out of class to go out to play. He now takes coorrection positively. You can see the change in his school work. Whereas he used to do all his subjects in one exercise book, though he had one for each subject, he now is better organized, and does each subject in its own notebook. He even takes notes, something he previously struggled wiith. George is learning everyday to follow the school routine and is less combative with his fellow classmates.

Asked what she and the other teachers did to inspire this change, Md. Serah has this to say. "Teacher counselling as well as advising has greatly contributed to the change."

This is remarkable in a country where such students experience countless sessions of corporal punishment to "straighten" students out. 

Our teachers have embraced alternative routes to discipline and the fruits are evident. They are  realizing the benefits of a non-combativ, safe, learning environment for children. Even though there are challenges and iit takes extra work, our staff arre willing to work on these.

Your support is needed to ensure we do not lose these committed teachers.  Let's bring in friends on board, re-commit or consider giving recurrently so we can still reach children no matter their background because every child deserves an education, quality education. The investments we make in their support would have far reaching ripple effects into the future.

Thank you for making it happen, and let's make it happen again and again for the 125 children we currently serve by supporting teachers to impacct children in class and out of class, through sports and club activities. 

You can continue to give through our GlobalGiving page here https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/teachers-biggest-change-factor-in-children-education/

Time to Teach
Time to Teach
Dec 19, 2018

2018 in Review

Students After Completing Primary Level Schooling
Students After Completing Primary Level Schooling

Dear Friends and partners,

It has been a good year for the most part at Acres of Mercy. A few key highlights: -

  1. On 30th January 2018 we had an enrollment at the school of 106. Of these 53% (56) were boys and 47% (50) were girls.
  2. At the end of the year when schools closed in October 2018, we had a total enrollment of 118 students, 58% (68%) were boys and 42% (50) were girls. There was an increase in boys’ enrolment while girls’ enrolment remained constant.
  3. Average school attendance for Boys throughout the year was 83.8% while Girls’ average attendance was 92.3%
  4. 21 students completed their Primary level education at our school (Acres of Mercy Learning Centre). We expect a 100% transition into post primary education.
  5. Our reading culture keeps on improving. Books borrowed and read from the library was 479 for the two months between August 27th and October 27th 2018, a 120% increase from the book borrowed in a 3-month second term.
  6. We had a total teaching staff of an average teacher pupil ratio of 1:10 throughout the year.
  7. We completed the roofing of 5 new classes.
  8. School support from GlobalGiving disbursed over 2018 year was $2554 as at December 18th 2018.

In 2019, Our key goals for the school include:

  1. Complete the construction of 6 classes; 5 are half way done, and have been roofed. construction of the 1 will start from foundation level.
  2. Complete girls’ ablution block
  3. Complete a Learning Makerspace for the school
  4. Install outdoor playing equipment for pre-school children.
  5. Enroll at least 150 children by the end of the year
  6. Have students participate in cognitive games like Chess to build their critical thinking and logic skills.
  7. Continue giving reading and comprehension skills
  8. Ensure children are attending school regularly and are learning
  9. Improve parental participation in the school life of the children under their care.
  10. Together increase the support to the children from $2554 to $5000 by end of 2019.

On behalf of the Board, the staff and the children of Acres of Mercy we thank you for your awesome support in 2018. We also wish you the best of Christmas Holiday season.

We look forward to a greater and better partnership in 2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Aerial View of The School
Aerial View of The School

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