Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia

by Germinating Every Mind Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
Provide a quality education for girls in Liberia
graduates certificated
graduates certificated

Germinating Every Mind-Liberia

geminliberia@gmail.com

Cell No. +231770185956/+231886969710

Periodic Progress Report: June 17, 2022 - October 13 2022

Submitted by: Davidetta Togba Cassell/ Executive Director

Submitted to:  GlobalGiving

Date: October 12, 2022

 

 Dear GlobalGiving Family,

Germinating Every Mind Liberia (GEM Liberia) and the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School extend their profound gratitude to GlobalGiving and all of their donors for their continued support to the girls of Liberia. GEM- Liberia is please to forward its quarterly report. This periodic report is part of the Germinating Every Mind-Liberia's commitment to GlobalGiving and donors.

The period's report covers from June 17, 2022 to October 12 2022. We are thrilled to inform you about new developments since our last report in June.                        

 

Elevation of Level- We are proud to announce the elevation of the school to grade 8 level based on our previous successful honing of our girls, preparing them for the West Africa Regional Test for primary and middle school kids. We are confident that our girls are ready to sit their first West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

 

2022/ 2023 Academic year resumes-- On October 3, 2022, the school commenced classes for the academic year 2022/2023. Our board member Mr. Nathaniel Jah is volunteering at the school as our 6th to 8thgraders mathematics instructor.

Huge Mile stones-

First Graduation Program Held!  The school held its first graduation exercise on July 31, 2022, graduating 11kindergarten students and 3six graders, a total of 14students.. All of those graduated were completing their respective levels and returned to commence their next levels at the school.

        

 

Construction of a new Kindergarten annex- We constructed our new kindergarten annex to allow more space for more enrolment intake in the school. The new annex takes up to 70 children ranging from nursery to kindergarten. This achievement also provides more room for additional students in the elementary and junior. In addition to the annex, the entire school compound has been closed up to avoid intruders during school hours and ensure that our students are always safe.

       

 

Flour Processing Machine-GEM Liberia secured additional funding from the United States Embassy near Monrovia for the school's farm to purchase a manual flour production machine. This equipment purchase supports the school's nutrition plan, a plan to provide a meal to the kids while at school because most of them go to school without lunch and having a breakfast.

Once again, a big thanks to GlobalGiving and our many donors for their support in helping us achieve our dream of having a quality education for girls in Liberia.   

THANK YOU!

Germinating Every Mind-Liberia

geminliberia@gmail.com

Cell No. +231770185956/+231886969710

Periodic Progress Report: June 17, 2022 - October 13 2022

Submitted by: Davidetta Togba Cassell/ Executive Director

Submitted to:  GlobalGiving

Date: October 12, 2022

 

 Dear GlobalGiving Family,

Germinating Every Mind Liberia (GEM Liberia) and the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School extend their profound gratitude to GlobalGiving and all of their donors for their continued support to the girls of Liberia. GEM- Liberia is please to forward its quarterly report. This periodic report is part of the Germinating Every Mind-Liberia's commitment to GlobalGiving and donors.

The period's report covers from June 17, 2022 to October 12 2022. We are thrilled to inform you about new developments since our last report in June.                        

 

Elevation of Level- We are proud to announce the elevation of the school to grade 8 level based on our previous successful honing of our girls, preparing them for the West Africa Regional Test for primary and middle school kids. We are confident that our girls are ready to sit their first West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

 

2022/ 2023 Academic year resumes-- On October 3, 2022, the school commenced classes for the academic year 2022/2023. Our board member Mr. Nathaniel Jah is volunteering at the school as our 6th to 8thgraders mathematics instructor.

Huge Mile stones

First Graduation Program Held!  The school held its first graduation exercise on July 31, 2022, graduating 11kindergarten students and 3six graders, a total of 14students.. All of those graduated were completing their respective levels and returned to commence their next levels at the school.

Construction of a new Kindergarten annex- We constructed our new kindergarten annex to allow more space for more enrolment intake in the school. The new annex takes up to 70 children ranging from nursery to kindergarten. This achievement also provides more room for additional students in the elementary and junior. In addition to the annex, the entire school compound has been closed up to avoid intruders during school hours and ensure that our students are always safe.

Flour Processing Machine-GEM Liberia secured additional funding from the United States Embassy near Monrovia for the school's farm to purchase a manual flour production machine. This equipment purchase supports the school's nutrition plan, a plan to provide a meal to the kids while at school because most of them go to school without lunch and having a breakfast.

Once again, a big thanks to GlobalGiving and our many donors for their support in helping us achieve our dream of having a quality education for girls in Liberia.   

THANK YOU!

school annexes
school annexes
Kindergarten annex
Kindergarten annex
medaling of graduates
medaling of graduates
graduating class and ED
graduating class and ED
graduation guests
graduation guests
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school fence
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Africa Costume Day
Africa Costume Day

Dear GlobalGiving Family,

Germinating Every Mind-Liberia (GEM-Liberia) and the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School extend their profound gratitude to GlobalGiving and all our donors for their continued support to the girls of Liberia. GEM- Liberia is pleased to submit its quarterly report. The periodic report is part of the GEM-Liberia’s commitment to GlobalGiving and our donors. This period's report covers from February 15 - June 16, 2022. We are excited to share with you, happenings that have been unfolding in the school since our last report.

Second Anniversary Celebrations-- On May 6, 2022, the school commenced its Second Gala Anniversary Celebration with community service. Service Day was held at the District Office of District 11 of Montserrado County. In the early morning hours, the students had the opportunity to talk with their Representative in the District Office. The students were given the time to speak directly with the lawmaker and ask him about some of the projects he had undertaken since his ascendency to office. The lawmaker was able to name education and health as two of his key pillars. He has established a district mobile health clinic and noted that the students could ask for the services of the mobile clinic on campus and it would be available to them. Service Day was then climaxed with a cleaning of the entire District Office.

The continuation of the Gala Week was carried out through Sports Day, Career Day, African Costumes Day and most importantly, our Queen Contest and the battle for the most prestigious crown, Miss Jennifer Albee Enrichment School. Two queens represented the kindergarten division, while five girls from the upper level competed. Hannah of Grade Six won the Queen Contest and is proud to be our new Miss Jennifer Albee Enrichment School.

Testing Exams-- We have completed our first semester and entered the second half of the academic year. Five students (three 4th graders, one 3rd grader and one 6th grader) received quarterly promotions based on their high academic performances.

PTA-- The school hosted two Parent Teacher Association meetings. We also attended three district meetings and the school obtained membership as part of the Principal's Association.

Staffing-- Two new instructional and administrative staff members joined us in this quarter-- Mr. Terry Bortu, Vice Principal for Instruction, and Mr. Jonathan Earley, Vice Principal for Administration. In these roles, both men will help increase the effectiveness and quality of the school service. We wish Mr. Abraham Makuie, who was serving in the capacity of Vice Principal, the best of luck as he leaves us for international studies.

Huge Milestone-- GEM has used funding from the United States Embassy to cultivate its school farm and harvest the first produce, cucumbers, on June 4, 2022.

GEM extends its gratitude to the GlobalGiving Family, through whose kind donations, has supported the initiatives of having a quality education for girls in Liberia. We are achieving our purpose gradually as the days unfold and we are hopeful for a bigger and brighter future.

Once again, a big thanks to GlobalGiving and our many donors for their support in helping us achieve our dream.

Miss Jennifer Albee School Contest Winners
Miss Jennifer Albee School Contest Winners
Meeting the District Representative on Service Day
Meeting the District Representative on Service Day
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Irene, our Grade 1 success story
Irene, our Grade 1 success story

Germinating Every Mind-Liberia (GEM-Liberia) and the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School extend their profound gratitude to GlobalGiving and all our donors for their continued support to the girls of Liberia. GEM- Liberia is please to forward its quarterly report. The periodic report is part of the GEM-Liberia's commitment to GlobalGiving and donors. This report covers from December 2021-February 14, 2022.

The fruits of the work we do with the girls are becoming clearer every day as the girls are greatly improving academically and technically. We are excited to share some highlights with you.

The school has completed two marking periods and given progress reports of students. The girls are improving in their studies, as most of those who could not write their own names, are now becoming honors students. Among such students is Irene of Grade 1. Last year, at the age of 10, Irene joined the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School from one of Liberia's most remote counties, Lofa County, in search of a better education. Irene could barely write or spell her own name when she arrived and did not pass her first year at the school due to her deficiency from attending a poorly furnished, unsupported, and neglected rural school. However, the scenario has changed. For Irene, one year was enough for her to catch up with some Monrovia girls. In our latest progress report, Irene ranked 1st place in her first-grade class.

Our new student-trainer for the tailoring department is 12-year-old Hannah of the grade 6 class. After a year in the program, Hannah has taken the lead in her department and is now serving as a teacher’s assistant to the tailoring instructor. Hannah is a model for her peers to easily find passion in what they do and commit more to their career. In other departments, student Deddeh is the new hairdresser and beautician, while students Patience, Weedor, and Eve of the catering department are now baking short breads, farina bread, corn bread, and wheat bread without guidance. We are super proud of the ladies they are becoming.

Another huge milestone for the school involves the plot of land GEM-Liberia purchased in 2020 as the future home of Jennifer Albee Enrichment School. A portion of the land was intended to conduct a low scale agriculture program to provide a meal to the students while at school because most of them go to school without breakfast or lunch. At the close of last year, GEM- Liberia successfully secured funding to cultivate the land through a United States Ambassador Special Self Help Grant. The harvesting of some of the cash crops of will start by the end of April. The nutrition program will encourage attendance and provide the children with at least two meal days per week, providing nutritious food including cucumbers, watermelon, carrots, corn, cabbage, cassava, peppers and okra.

On February 13, 2022, the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School had its first 2021/2022 Calendar Year Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meeting. Fifty-seven parents were in attendance. The PTA had its first interim leadership team set up for this new academic year with the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Chaplain. We are looking forward to working with the PTA and seeing what 2022 brings for the school.

GEM-Liberia extends its gratitude to the GlobalGiving family, through whose kind donations, has supported the initiatives of having a quality education for girls in Liberia. We are achieving our purpose gradually as the days unfold and we are hopeful for a bigger and brighter future.

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Installing a fence around the school property
Installing a fence around the school property

It is already October!! Germinating Every Mind-Liberia (GEM-Liberia) and the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School extend their profound gratitude to GlobalGiving and all of our donors for the enormous and continued support to the girls of Liberia. GEM- Liberia is pleased to forward its quarterly report. This period's report covers from June 20, 2021 to October 17, 2021.

School officially closed for the 2020/2021 academic year in July. We had a total of 78 students enrolled. Fifty students were in grade 1-6 and 28 in kindergarten.  

Of the 78 students, 54 successfully graduated from their level and were promoted to the next grade. Four of those students were so successful, they were allowed to advance two grades. Only ten students were held back from graduating to the next grade.

Fourteen students were promoted “probationally”, meaning they failed one or two subjects but were invited to attend additional classes between the academic years to improve their marks. From August 16 to October 15, 2021, the 14 probation students completed a two-month vacation school program in the subject that caused them trouble during the school year. Upon completion, they were promoted to their next grade. 

Registration for 2021/2022 academic year began October 11, 2021 and runs up to October 29, 2021. In preparation of the new academic year, two of our teachers participated in a government sponsored two-day early childhood development  training. The school has begun its expansion project and a fence project. The fence is 80% completed and will enhance the safety of the children. The school has been elevated to Grade 7 so the building project is geared towards constructing an additional structure that will accommodate three classes. 

Once again, thanks to all of our donors who made this project possible. We are where we are because of YOU.

Thank You.

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Career Day
Career Day

Dear friends,

This period's report covers from February 20, 2021 to June 19, 2021, and it includes activities that highlight Germinating Every Mind-Liberia and partners’ efforts to educate girls in a holistic form as we create more access to education and financial inclusion.

We completed our first semester of the school year on May 20, 2021 and resumed the second semester on May 31, 2021. The four highest scoring girls received an 93%-96% average score for the semester and were promoted to the next grade. The Jennifer Albee Enrichment School celebrated its gala anniversary, commemorating the program with a Thanksgiving service, community service, Color House & Sports Day, African Costume Day, and a Spelling Bee Competition and Career Day. It was a full week of fun and educational activities for the students and their parents!

Thanksgiving Day-May 9: We visited the God's Favor Fire Ministry and gave praises to God for gifting the school to the children of Barnersville. Following the service in the morning, we had our queen contest to name our Miss Jennifer Albee Enrichment School. Caroline, a second grade student, won as the title of Miss Jennifer Albee while Olivia of the kindergarten section and Dorcas of the third grade class emerged as first runner up and 2nd runner up, respectively.

Community Service--May 10, 2021, Kebbah Community witnessed its first student community service program. The program was an initiative that gave the students the sense of volunteerism and participation in community development. The students were excited to have a first experience of such activity. The service day included grass cutting, painting of the Commissioner's office and cleaning of the entire yard of the town hall. The Commissioner of the Township of Barnersville, Commissioner Howe, and his team expressed their gratitude to the school for such an endeavor and further noted that it was the first of its kind for a secondary school to undertake a community service. He pleaded with the school to continue to cultivate the habit of volunteerism in the students and also expressed his hope that other schools would follow the examples.

Color House and Sports Day- May 11, Students dressed according to the color that each student selected through a raffle draw. They participated in games such as eating contest, sack race, chair dance, dancing competition and others to climax the day.

African Costume Day May 12: Students wore attire according to their tribal backgrounds. Each of them was given the time to exhibit their dresses before judges and greet the audience in their various vernaculars. The best dresses and performances were awarded prices.

Career and Spelling Bee May 13: Career and Spelling Bee day was successfully graced by students from other schools and parents of our students. On this day, the students were allowed to dress according to the careers they are determined to strive for. Among the careers were aspiring doctors, teachers, engineers, lawyers, pilots, military personnel, drivers, and bankers/accountants.

Following the career activities, we launched into our Spelling Bee contest with student Hannah emerging as winner of the Bee. She was given a one-year scholarship for 2022 school year as she won the crown as “Queen Bee”.

Commencing the second semester, we were fortunate to register three new students. We also renewed the annual rent payment for the building, which has allowed for the construction of a fence around the building to increase students' safety. 

Germinating Every Mind-Liberia and the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School are grateful to all of our donors and the GlobalGiving Family for affording the girls of Liberia to have access to acquiring quality education.

In front of the school
In front of the school
Community Service Day with the Commissioner
Community Service Day with the Commissioner
African Dress Contest Winners
African Dress Contest Winners
Thanksgiving Celebration
Thanksgiving Celebration
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Germinating Every Mind Liberia

Location: Monrovia - Liberia
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Davidetta Togba Cassell
Monrovia, Liberia
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