PAAJAF has successfully commenced a new afterschool program in Gbawe Methodist School in Ghana. The main aim of the project is to contribute to the full development of children by assisting them to succeed academically, and stimulating them creatively. Alex Nyani and Philip Appiah introduced the program to twenty-three (23) Junior High School students on 23rd February 2011. After introduction, one hour forty-five minutes English class was held and the meeting was fantastic. The class agreed to have English class since their English teacher did not come to school that day and the subject is one of the subjects they have problem with. Exercise books, pens and pencils were donated to the program participants.
The Program Area of focus:
As an after-school program, it is expected that the primary emphasis will be education. Assistance will be given to participating children in both their schoolwork and in other relevant areas: There will be:
- Tutoring in all subject areas for children. Particular emphasis will be on English, Math and Science, and in all other subjects that participants identify as problematic.
- Specialized literacy sessions that will include but not limited to reading circles and a book club.
- Reading and discussions for youth (eg. Debates/speech)
Since this is not an entirely academic based program, efforts will be made to make participants enjoy each other’s company. In this way, a good amount of time will spent on allowing children to interact with each other.
Participation in this program is aimed at creating a good environment to build into participants the essentials of leadership qualities. Such self confidence building into members is meant to produce self-starters and outstanding citizenry.
The program would involve imparting lessons about the importance of being leaders of self and others. Through seminars and activities, participants will be taught about responsibility, respect, taking initiative, community involvement, self-esteem, etc. As part of their civic duty and as leaders, participants will be encouraged to partake in frequent community projects, such as clean-ups and backyard gardening.
Creativity is an often forgotten aspect of development in young people. It is very important and will be encouraged. Creativity through the arts will form another pillar of the Children’s Network. This will be in the form of
- Teaching and learning of dramatic arts
- Singing and dancing
- Creative writing workshops
- Visual and other arts
Health promotion will also be included in the programming of the Children’s Network. Informing participants about healthy habits and other issues that will be beneficial to their health development would be one of the major goals of this program. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss topics such as sanitation and the environment, healthy eating, disease prevention, fire safety, road safety, etc.
As part of the full development of young people, physical activity will play an important role. In this regard, participants will under go keep-fit exercises. This is to achieve the ancient philosophy of the Greeks that “a healthy mind could be found in a healthy body.”
- Lack of Facilitators - PAAJAF needs four facilitators to help deliver the program in Gbawe community and each facilitator is expected a stipend of $50 per a month
- Lack of volunteers
- Lack of funding for snack program – PAAJAF aimed to incorporate snack program to afterschool program
- Lack of books and stationery and other racecourses.
PAAJAF needs the help to render this project in the impoverish community in Ghana.