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
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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After running vocation enrichment programs for several months, we began recruiting students for the academic year in December 2020. On January 18, 2021, the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School opened to the public for its first official academic school year, offering Early Childhood Development (ECD) to primary school level education to girls three years old and above.

As a result of COVID-19, many parents were unable to raise the financial resources for all of their children to attend school. The United Nations reports that 11 million children are out of school, and Liberia is no exception. Locally, more than 40% of school children did not enroll this academic year due to financial constraints. 

To afford girls the opportunity to attend school during this challenging time, GEM-Liberia decided to open the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School as a tuition free academic school, relieving the financial burden for some Barnersville parents by enrolling 76 girls, ages 3-14, on a tuition-free basis. We recently launched a ‘100 Girls Scholarship Fund’ drive locally and have received funding for 17 scholarships to date.

Since our last report, GEM-Liberia hired seven teachers, two ECD teachers and five primary school teachers. We conducted two teacher training workshops on Classroom Management and Child Protection. The school's Parent Teacher Association is also underway.

The school has begun setting up a reading room by securing books for all classes, and has begun the preparation of a computer lab for next academic year by purchasing five monitors and a laptop computer.

We can't believe that we have already been open one month! It has been a wonderful month, interacting with parents, students, and local authorities, strengthening partnerships to promote girls’ education in Barnersville.

We look to the future, with greater prospects and anticipation to providing real time education to more girls in Liberia. We are grateful to all of our supporters. We could not have reached this far without your kind donations.

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Craft-making
Craft-making

We are very excited to update our supporters on the progress we've made over the past few months, despite the challenges of the global pandemic. When Liberia was pronounced to be coronavirus-free, the Government of Liberia declared that all school activities should resume so students could complete the academic year. Rather than wait for the next academic year to begin, the Jennifer Albee Enrichment School (JAES) launched its first vacation program for girls in the elementary division on September 9, 2020.

Classes began with four girls and over a period of just a month and a half, increased to 22 students. The girls range in age from 10 to 14 years old and for fifteen percent of the students, this is their first time ever being enrolled in school.

The girls are taught basic reading, spelling, writing, English, and phonics, as many Liberian children have poor reading habits and skills. In addition to basic academic lessons, the girls are being taught craft-making, such as turning beads into fashion and other waste items into reusable household products.

As a GEM-Liberia program, JAES gained recognition when the girls participated in Liberia's International Day of the Girl Child celebrations. GEM-Liberia and JAES, also celebrated their own Day of the Girl Child on October 16, 2020 at the school's campus with parents in attendance. 

JAES will begin registration for the academic year by November, while we wait for the government to declare the official date for the opening of all schools for the next academic year. Starting with vacation school classes helped generate interest in the school and excitement from the girls and their families. We are all looking forward to starting a full school year soon!

Happy Students!
Happy Students!
Classes Have Begun
Classes Have Begun
Craft-making
Craft-making
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Germinating Every Mind Liberia

Location: Monrovia - Liberia
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Davidetta Togba Cassell
Monrovia, Liberia
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