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 Education  Ghana Project #28217

Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana

by Grameen Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Educate 200 poor children in rural Ghana
Danamu and Abena sharing their exam
Danamu and Abena sharing their exam

The work of GG in Bolni received resounding applause by Parent Teacher Association members as 80 of the poor pupils in upper primary obtained 80% average score in their last terminal exams. The same group of pupils had an average of 50% scores during the same terminal exams in 2017. Thanks to the learning materials from GlobalGiving and Grameen Ghana's monitoring and coaching of peer learning activities in the community, Ubabu and her colleagues have made history through their unprecedented increase in academic performance. Ubabu was full of smiles and confidence when she said “GlobalGiving has given me hope and inspiration to complete school. I never believed I could do well in school again and So I was only matching time to a day I will leave primary school and join my sisters at the farm. However, with my current performance, I now realize that I can even go to University in Tamale, just like some of the men from this area”. The story of Ubabu and her colleagues is an indication that the donations from GlobalGiving never go waste when we patiently keep supporting beneficiaries to use these donations. In the last quarter of the year, GG intends to launch new projects to increase competition among rural children to motivate them to increase their performance. GG will also continue the quest for increase access to solar lamps for off-grid communities like Bolni. It is our strong hope that you continue your donations to us to help improve the performance of more deprived school children in Ghana. The people of Bolni and Grameen Ghana sincerely thank you for your kind support.

Ubabu and friends doing final reading before exam
Ubabu and friends doing final reading before exam
Nidan, Magnatiba & Madageen Reading for their exam
Nidan, Magnatiba & Madageen Reading for their exam
Ilinyaan Jubilating with colleagues after exam
Ilinyaan Jubilating with colleagues after exam
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Baajobu leading reading session in class
Baajobu leading reading session in class

In March 2018, we reported how the reading materials you donated have helped to address the lack of access to reading materials and its effect on reading habits of pupils. As part of our promised commitment for this second quarter, we intensified our monitoring to encourage pear-to-pear reading habits among beneficiary children to make the books more useful and to sustain the high interest in reading. 

Grameen Ghana’s monitoring and engagements with pupils and parents in this period revealed that, despite the absence of electricity in the community, pupils compete with their mothers for household lamps while some parents have procured solar lamps for their wards. Children now gather in groups around one household lamp with a leader to do group reading. Musah, a volunteer teacher, narrated that “more beneficiary pupils were able to pass the reading test with ease this year compared to last year. This is partly due to the reading materials GG provided”. In expressing his gratitude, Kwesi, a Primary five pupil, said, “Our reading skill has improved, that is why you could see us compete on who to read first during English lesson. This was never the case las year. A lot of us have stopped unnecessary play in the absence of our teachers. We now stay in our class to read the story books when ever our teachers are not in class”.

In the coming months, GG intends to explore how access to reading lamps at household level can be improved to support the children’s reading efforts. We hope that you continue your kind donation to make all the children better readers with child friendly reading materials. Once again, Grameen Ghana extends the sincere thanks and appreciation from the teachers, parents and pupils of Bolni in Northern Region of Ghana. 

Happy and friends reading in class
Happy and friends reading in class
Kwesi leading reading session in class
Kwesi leading reading session in class
Maadogeen (Middle) and colleagues reading
Maadogeen (Middle) and colleagues reading
Installed solar lamp at home for child reading
Installed solar lamp at home for child reading
Taabalyi leading home reading with colleagues
Taabalyi leading home reading with colleagues
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Limaantol & Magnatiba at Pear reading session
Limaantol & Magnatiba at Pear reading session

Since December 2017, GG concentrated it’s efforts in encouraging pupils in Bolni Primary to read more in order to improve their academic performance. We have engaged parents to provide convenient places at home and monitor their children to read. By January 2018, we observed remarkable rise in interest among children in reading both at school and at home. Lipeemba, the Mother of Kitindo, informed us that his daughter now makes efforts to read any material she finds at home. “Whenever her friends come to the house, they pick materials and read together but occasionally go to their brother for help when they are in difficulty. However, my fear is that if they are not giving appropriate reading materials, they may be reading adult materials which are not supposed to be read by children” narrated Lipeemba.

Fortunately, with donations received from GlobalGiving, the fear of Lipeemba and many other parents and teachers of Bolni was allayed when GG supplied story books to the children of the school. After receiving the donation, 10 years old Kitindo was overjoyed and said “for the first time, I have a reading book of my own which I can read anywhere any time. I like the stories in it. I hope that one day I will be able to write our own local stories just like the way this is written. I am much grateful to all the GlobalGiving supporters who make it possible for us to get these books.”

In the coming months, GG intends to intensify its monitoring to encourage pear-to-pear reading habits among the beneficiary children to make the books more useful. Our joy is in the feedback we receive from children who benefit from your generous support. We hope that you continue your kind donation to make all the children better readers with child friendly reading materials. Once again, Grameen Ghana extends the sincere thanks and appreciation from the teachers, parents and pupils of Bolni in Northern Region of Ghana. 

Kitindo reading to her Mother (Lipeenba) at home
Kitindo reading to her Mother (Lipeenba) at home
Nidan and classmates smilling with their readers
Nidan and classmates smilling with their readers
Nnado (boy) reading to Class
Nnado (boy) reading to Class
Nidan at a reading session
Nidan at a reading session
Maabadan & Gmayaye reading at home
Maabadan & Gmayaye reading at home
Limaantol (boy), Nayidin (Middle) & Magnatiba read
Limaantol (boy), Nayidin (Middle) & Magnatiba read
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Yaa smiling during end of Term Exams
Yaa smiling during end of Term Exams

It was all joy to many children when the exams began in December 2017. There was no borrowing of pens and pencils. No noise and shouting from teachers because most children had prepared well for the test. Twelve (12) years old Yaa, was smiling always. Not because the examination was easy, but because she was part of the reasons why many other girls were in school this term. She and her friends such as Manan made themselves pear education advocates encouraging their colleague GlobalGiving beneficiaries to learn hard to justify the donations they received. They also spread the good news about school to encourage other girls at home to talk to their parents to send them to school.

But what was so striking was that GlobalGiving beneficiaries showed more confidence during their terminal examination in December 2017 than last year.

According to Yaa, “when you are poor girl and lack many things, you don’t have confidence because you are always afraid that people will talk about your appearance. Therefore, you don’t want to be seen talking in class even if you don’t understand. This was my nature and teachers found me irritating because I was always nervous during class tests and always wished that we did not have to write any exams. However, the donations from GlobalGiving made me very active in class and I am happy because I am sure I will do well in this exams. I will always thank all those who have been supporting us with all these donations”.  

We are pleased that your donations have made education more attractive to many parents and children and this has resulted in 60 more children enrolling to school within this quarter. We are confident that your further donations will keep all these children in school. We in Grameen Ghana and the entire Bolni cluster of communities thank you for your generous support. 

Manan full of hope during exams
Manan full of hope during exams
Yaa & Magnatiba in class
Yaa & Magnatiba in class
Ilinyaan and her male friends at school
Ilinyaan and her male friends at school
Head Teacher and Newly enrolled pupils
Head Teacher and Newly enrolled pupils
Newly enrolled pupils determined to learn
Newly enrolled pupils determined to learn
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Manan (tallest) and friends with donated items
Manan (tallest) and friends with donated items

Since June 2017 when Grameen Ghana joined the GlobalGiving partnership, we continued to advocate for increased access of the poor to quality educational infrastructure and teaching and learning services. The organization continues to engage government and the private sector to play complementary roles to ensure that poor children from deprived communities do not miss out of school. One of the remarkable changes we noticed in the last 2 months is the improvement in teacher attendance in Bolni Primary School as a result of our engagement with the Ghana Education Service on issues of teacher absenteeism.

Our recent visits to the communities revealed that your donation has impacted greatly on the life of Manan and many other children in Bolni Primary School in Northern Ghana. It is so amazing how Manan and her friends are now very happy and believe they will reach their dreams in school. Thanks to your generous gift that was used to provide educational materials including books, pens, pencils, crayons, and school bags to poor children in this School.

In her expression of appreciation, Manan said “this donation is a rare opportunity that has given me hope and confidence to learn more and complete school without difficulty. From today, I do not think I will worry so much about my poor state as an orphan who lacked many thinks to keep me happy in school. I thank all those who have donated to support us. Once my writing improves, I am convinced that my dream of becoming a doctor is getting close to reality.”

It is gratifying that 65 out of 200 targeted children have already received all the educational materials they need to stay in school. Grameen Ghana and the people of Bolni community thank you for being part of the reasons why their children are happy to be in school. There is no doubt that with your continuous support more children will be saved from dropping out of school. 

Ntawan (boy), Baatum (middle) and Lunyan in class
Ntawan (boy), Baatum (middle) and Lunyan in class
Beneficiary children and parents
Beneficiary children and parents
Lunyan with her new school materials
Lunyan with her new school materials
Ntawan (boy) and Lunyan (girl) in school
Ntawan (boy) and Lunyan (girl) in school
Manan with her new school materials
Manan with her new school materials
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Grameen Ghana

Location: Tamale, Northern Region - Ghana
Website:
Project Leader:
Mugmin Musah
Head of Programmes
Tamale, Northern Region Ghana
$6,359 raised of $14,600 goal
 
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