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:
- Facilitators - PAAJAF needs four facilitators to help deliver the program in Gbawe community and each facilitator is expected a stipend of $50 per month
- Volunteers – provide teaching and support to students in reading, writing, football - volunteer with us today
- Funding for snack program – PAAJAF aimed to incorporate snack program to afterschool program
- Books and stationery needed by students - Gifts in kind
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
Exercise class - Nkabom
Creative arts activity - Nkabom