Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana

by GROWGH EDU INITIATIVE
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Empower 100 students with vital IT skills in Ghana
Current status of the lab
Current status of the lab

2021 began on a good note for Grow Ghana. We continued with the construction of the I.T. Lab in our partner school in Langma. The floor of the I.T. Lab was filled with concrete, the windows and doors were fitted. The I.T. Lab is also connected to the national power grid giving us access to electricity. All these happened within the second week of January to the second week of February and were only possible trough various donations that reached us through GlobalGiving. What a boost! The lab is still "work on progress" but can already be used in an improvised way to provide trainings. 

During this same time, we embarked on a nose mask and soap distribution campaign to sensitize the community about the preventative measures against the COVID-19 disease. The reaction from the community was positive and our relationship with the community strengthened. We look forward to more community engagement and collaboration to increase the numbers of learners. 

Regarding the number of students enrolled on our program, 25 students have ended their learning journey with us as they passed the basic exam certification in their school and are now spread across various senior high schools in the country. However, we were able to use the new lab space as leverage in attracting more students to join our program even though the I.T. Lab is semi-finshed. Currently, we have 40 new students enrolled on our program. This brings our total number of students to 75 and we are getting closer to the magic 100!

Going forward, the I.T. Lab has to be equipped with the Raspberry Pi devices and other peripherals (keyboard, mouse, HDMI cables, displays, headphones), and furniture. This allows the students to practice their IT skills on a daily basis, rather than bi-weekly as is currently done. In addition, we are looking to expand our trainings to other schools within the community. Plans are at an elementary stage yet we are hopeful of implementing our expansion projects soon.

A warm thank you for your continuous support to all our donors and supporters. You make our world! 
Ezra, Gifty, Sharon, Jennifer and Benjamin 

First intro session in the new lab
First intro session in the new lab
Community outreach
Community outreach
COVID campaign with soap distribution
COVID campaign with soap distribution
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Project graduation
Project graduation

Last year we set our aim to empower one hundred (100) young students in the local community of having a practical use of the ICT and Soft Skills training and we are thriving to go beyond that. We have achieved 50% so far and still counting. The tangible result of the fast progress of our students is indeed fulfilling.

Due to the interest and the commitment of our student motivate us to commenced training sessions in the third week of July even when all schools were closed. To ensure the safety of our students and trainers, nose masks were distributed to everyone. Also, soaps and running water were made available for use – as required by the government. The students and trainers adhered strictly to staying 2metres apart from each other. To ensure variety, we held training sessions under various themes such open air coding, coding at the beach and student-led coding sessions.

For a two-month duration, we held training sessions four (4) days a week while Fridays were reserved for working on individual projects. The students conducted a research and work on a project of their choosing. Then, a presentation was organized with invited guests for the students to showcase their projects. Some projects that the students worked on include the PenaltyShot game, Robot Invaders, sand a car race game. Certificates of participation were awarded to all student participants.

We also participated in the GlobalGiving Photo Contest 2020. We finished in the 20th position at the close of polls with our "coding at the beach theme". We, however, won a $200.00 cash price as our photo was adjudged the best in the development category. Thank you for the platform once again and the voters.

 Challenges on students getting easy access to a computer in their classroom

The beginning of this year has not been an easy year for GrowGh Edu Initiative and their students but there has been not much progress on the I.T. Lab building in one of our partner schools yet. This is because of the COVID-19 pandemic which has strained our finances.

Solution to expanding and providing quality IT and Soft-Skills training to our students

Moving forward in increasing our cooperate sponsorship support, partnership and making companies and individuals aware of us, we participated in the recently ended EDUCATA20 Ghana, which was held at the Movenpick Hotel, Accra. The objective was to show the educational community what Grow Ghana can provide to the less privilege community students. This is to help push our initiative forward in terms of financial stability.

Our bi-weekly structure training in the elementary IT skill is still in its fast pace, the usage of internet and basic coding are available for the students in our campus.

Stay with us during these difficult times!

Yours in development work,
The team of Grow Ghana  

The Soccer Penalty Game by a student
The Soccer Penalty Game by a student
Coding at the beach
Coding at the beach
Winner Picture - outside the box
Winner Picture - outside the box
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Hello friends of Grow Ghana,

We are looking back on some difficult times. COVID is everywhere - the government of Ghana imposed a lockdown and closed all schools after the first few cases of COVID-19 were recorded. This meant we lost access to our students and had to work from home. This was a new challenge for us and we braced ourselves for the task to ensure we will be ready when life returned to normalcy.

We resorted to conference calls and videos calls in order to keep in touch and ensure work continues unabated.  The team also participated in an online workshop on Liberating Structures. We acquired new skills from the workshop which we look forward to incorporating into our training sessions. We also contacted the trainees, through their parents, to check on them and ascertain their level of progress in working on their own projects. At the moment, we have resumed working in the office and are strictly adhering to all the COVID-19 protocols. We have been able to update our Raspberry Pi devices and training manuals, making them more efficient and ready for use.

Our participatory classes are yet to resume from the COVID-19 imposed break. Therefore, we have taken the opportunity to put all necessary procedure in place. To that end, we have procured a medium-sized Veronica bucket and soaps -for hand-washing purposes, sanitizers, rolls of tissues and provided reusable face masks to our trainees. This is to ensure that all trainers and trainees are safe.

Work on the IT lab began in late February, 2020. However, progress has stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to bringing the IT LAB to completion although donations have been few and far between during this pandemic period. Better times to come!

We are looking forward to having our young talents return to the training sessions by the second week in July. There is so much we have in store for our young talents- new projects, new skills and more. We are really excited to get started again.

Warm regards from the restarted Grow Ghana Team!

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Current construction progress
Current construction progress

Dear Donors, Supporters & Followers of Grow Ghana!

Wow, that was an exciting start in the year 2020.

Thanks to your support, we were able to hire an additional and very dedicated IT trainer - Ezra - who supports the team now full time. We were also able to move to a shared office space as part of our cooperation with The Kokrobitey Institute. Our plan for this partnership is to build more educational programs, attracting more volunteers and expand our knowledge together.

With this new structures in place, we were already able to empower more students with vital IT skills. At this point, two additional classes joined our program, that counts now 50 developing IT talents in our bi-weekly, structured training program. Thanks to the donation of the Codingschule Düsseldorf and our former volunteer Heiko, we also doubled the number of Raspberry Pies and can now provide one device for one students in most of our classes.

End of February, the construction work on the new IT-Lab eventually continued. After completion, our students will have heavily improved opportunities to learn in a quiet and peaceful surrounding. With the current status of donations, we can equip the IT-Lab with a proper roof, a solid basement and connect it to electricity. This allows us to get started in an improvised way. But we will need more support to bring in furniture, doors, windows and further teaching equipment.

Thank you for your continous support. We will keep you posted!
Yours in development work,

The Team of Grow Ghana

Students are helping with the construction work
Students are helping with the construction work
Our new Trainer Ezra in action
Our new Trainer Ezra in action
The new computers in action
The new computers in action
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GROWGH EDU INITIATIVE

Location: Kokrobite - Ghana
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Gifty / Jennifer
Kokrobite, Ghana
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