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Primary Education in Ghana

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Primary Education in Ghana
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Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana

SPEECH BY HEADMISTRESS

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished quest, Teachers, Parents, Ladies and Gentlemen! It gives me much pleasure to be with you on this memorable occasion of the 1st graduation and the 5th anniversary ceremony of the PAAJAF Educational Institute. 

The school started as foundation from year 2007 with the aim of providing educational   and health support for the underprivileged children. The seed idea of this foundation is that the Director himself, Mr. Philip Kyei Appiah is a product or victim of the underprivileged system hence PAAJAF Educational Institute. 

When the idea was suggested, Madam Juliet Adusei, a professional teacher supported him to the give birth to PAAJAF Foundation, registered in September 2007 and regenerated PAAJAF Educational Institute in 2014 as an NGO. Being an NGO, the foundation enjoyed financial support from donors but the donor support has declined in recent times and as such parents are being called upon to support their children with the minimal amount for one hundred and forty Ghana cedis per term to support smooth running of the school. The amount of fees being paid by the pupils of PAAJAF is not the full school fees, a minimal amount is being charged. For instance paying GH¢140 as school fees a term is no fees in Ghana today as a private school. 

As of now, within the Gbawe school community, PAAJAF is now one of the best schools. Since its establishment, the school has made a great effort to realize its vision of raising children with moral values, quality study habits, self-disciplines and the literacy, numeracy and ICT. 

Currently, the school has a population of One Hundred and Forty Five children. I want to use this occasion to tell our hardworking teachers and other supporting stall that we appreciate their dedication to duty and as such they should keep it up. 

Again, we want to appreciate parents for their general contributions to the school.   To all grandaunts, you are congratulated and we wish you the best of success and we pray that you emulate your seniors who are now excelling in their instructions where they are relocated. 

The school has decided that henceforth grandaunts will continue and not to be relocated to other schools. To end it all, we thank God and all and sundry for the school success.

 

Thank you

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Dear PAAJAF Friends,

We believe that any barrier can be overcome and should not prevent a person from realizing future aspirations. Our strategy is, we utilise the skills and experiences of our volunteers, staff and the support from our sponsors to provide Adolescents and Adults jobs for Advancement in Future through education and skills training. 

PAAJAF appreciates your support a lot since 2008 to today of this report, YOU have been our backbone and generous DONOR. Your support has moved PAAJAF to our current stage from 5 adults who were receiving adult literacy education in our community. It extended 60 students in Gbawe community who received after school program, Greater Accra Region and 60 students also at Bensa in Bron Ahalfo Region.  Now what your donation is still doing? 

Surprisingly, it didn’t stop there as the only impact. It is really making impact in the lives of 145 children as of today by giving quality education, improve the health and social conditions of our entire student in our school, transform people’s attitude, increase their self-esteem, and promote the sense of inclusiveness in the society. Education is the source of the successful future for us and our next generation. 

Currently we are supporting 145 student now in our school by giving them a scholarship education, so what now? We would like to present to you the phase two of the project to help us to maintain these vulnerable children to receive good and quality education. So how would you help? We will need your help as you have been in aid to the completion of the phase one. Please we salute you all! 

The phase two we have it in two sections: operational support to maintain the current 145 students, and add more to it also. Paying of salary of the teachers in the school, support the underprivileged children in the community under scholarship fund – who could not attend the PAAJAF school – who are in upper class. 

The other section of the phase two, would you please visit this link ? This project is helping PAAJAF to secure a land to start building of permanent school for the children that we support 320 students annually in the PAAJAF community. Currently our school is in a rented premises and it is too expenses that we couldn’t afford it and the Landlord has always been increasing and increasing it. Dalila Sumani, the recent GlobalGiving field traveller, can give attest to this report. Please visit this link to see what Dalila shares with you: 

Do we need volunteers? Yes, PAAJAF’s achievement is based on volunteers’ effort and generous givers. We also need partnerships. We would like to plead to you to share this in your network and community for us. 

Thank you.

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Kids Stitching Project

GREETINGS

From the PEI administration, we send our heartfelt greetings to all our students, staff, parents, and communities – both local and international.

Once again, we thank the Almighty God for His protection and welcome you all to our weekly update at PAAJAF Educational Institute and the PAAJAF Foundation. Since we are in the 8th week of the academic term, this update covers both week 7 and week 8.

We are always pleased to share what goes on at PEI with you and welcome your thoughts and feedback as well. If you have any concerns, please share them with us. We would be happy to address them.

 

STORIES

A Quick Recap of Week 7

The children in the Sunflower class (aged 2 – 3 years) and the Morning Glory class (aged 3 – 4 years) continued to practice writing lower case alphabets from ‘a’ to ‘w’, and forming two- and three-letter sounds with vowels ‘a’ and ‘e’ such as ‘as’, ‘an’, ‘am’, ‘me, and ‘he’.

We also held an activity in movement exploration through which the children learnt how to dress according to their tribes’ customs. To read the full story, please visit this link.

 

Week 8 in Review

Last week, the children in the Sunflower class (aged 2 – 3 years) were able to orally count numbers from 0 – 50, identify numbers from 0 – 20, and write numbers from 0 – 12.

The Morning Glory class (aged 3 – 4 years) practiced writing lower case alphabets from ‘w’ to ‘z’ last week. Since they practiced writing from ‘a’ to ‘w’ the week before, they have completed writing lower case alphabets from ‘a’ to ‘z’ during the last two weeks (18th February to 1st March, 2019). Now, they have started to combine both upper and lower case letters, like ‘Aa’, ‘Bb’, ‘Cc’, etc.

Our teachers, Miss Sandra Amu and Miss Susana Amoakowa, also taught their respective nursery classes (Sunflower and Morning Glory) basic health routines (like brushing teeth and washing hands), colouring fruits and vegetables, and the many uses of plants.

 

The children from the kindergarten classes, Pansy and Carnation (aged 4 – 6 years), read 3- to 6-letter word sentences and practiced the phonic sounds ‘wh’ and ‘er’ during their language activities. During their activities in mathematics, environment, creative art, and religious and moral studies, the children learnt about shapes, domestic animals, keeping our environment clean, and clay modelling.

 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK – A Visit from Health Personnel

Two health professionals from a Ghana Health Service in Ga South District visited our school to give the PEI staff and students an informative talk on healthcare. It was a useful course on taking care of our bodies as well as our environment.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

The school will be in recess for Independence Day celebrations as well as the mid-term break from 6 – 11 March, 2019. After that, we have the following events coming up:

  • Indoor Games                                   -              March 15, 2019
  • Spelling Bee                                       -              March 29, 2019
  • Revision                                               -              April 1 – 5, 2019
  • Examination                                       -              April 8 – 15, 2019
  • Vacation                                              -              April 17, 2019
Kids in Action
Kids in Action
Artwork
Artwork
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Health Workers

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PEI Girls on sculptures through sand casting
PEI Girls on sculptures through sand casting

GREETINGS

Once again, we express gratitude towards our Almighty God, and welcome all our students, staff, parents, community, and international friends to the 7th week of the second academic term. Following our weekly routine, we now bring you an update on the 6th week, which ended on February 15, 2019.

 

STORIES

A Quick Recap of Week 5

Since our headmistress, Ms. Joyceline, also conducts classes, she narrated an interesting story to the Carnation class (aged 5 – 6 years) in week 5. The pupils were asked to draw from their own imaginations to provide illustrations. To know more on this, please visit this  PEI NEWS a link attached to this report.

 

Week 6 in Review (11 -15 February 2019)

In week 6, the Carnation class continued their creative artwork by making sculptures through sand casting. You can watch a video of this here.

 

We also taught lessons on the roles of parents, family, and members of the community. For our mathematical activities, we explored the measurement of height, and for our language classes, we studied phonic consonant sounds ‘wh’ and ‘th’.

The Sunflower and Morning Glory classes (children aged 2 – 3 and 3 – 4 years respectively) continued their writing of lower-case alphabets from ‘a’ to ‘w’. In phonics, they learnt how to form two and three letters sounds with vowels ‘a’ and ‘e’, such as ‘an’, ‘am’, ‘me’, and ‘he’.

We also held an activity called ‘movement exploration’ through which the children learnt how to dress according to their tribes’ customs.

 

Miss Abigail Nyani taught the Pansy class (aged 4 – 5 years) lessons on leisure, counting objects in a set, and creative arts, which included imaginative drawings based on a Ghanaian tale of a man named Kweku Ananse. A short version of the story goes like this:

“Once upon a time, there was a man named Kweku Ananse who lived with his wife Okonory Yaa, and four sons - Ntikuma, Etikelenkele, Nakowhia and Efuduwhewhe. Kweku Ananse was smart, but lazy, and never contributed to farm work. One day, he asked his wife to bury him in their farm when he dies. When she agreed, he faked his own death, and his wife honoured his request by burying him in the farm. This way, Kweku Ananse managed to steal the crops and ate them every night. However, he was finally caught, and all the folks in the whole village shamed him for his actions.”

The moral of this story is – Don’t be lazy, greedy and a cheat. The students drew some wonderful pictures from the story.

 

Red Day Event Highlights

As per our calendar of activities, Red Day was successfully held as planned on February 14, 2019 at PEI.  The programme trained our young ones on loving one another and caring for things in our classrooms as well as the environment. We also emphasized the importance of sharing one’s abundance with others.  To read the full story about this event, please visit: PEI Red Day

 

Upcoming Events

The following events are scheduled for the coming months:

  • Independence Day                         -              March 6 – 7, 2019
  • Indoor Games                                   -              March 15, 2019
  • Spelling Bee                                       -              March 29, 2019
  • Revision                                               -              April 1 – 5, 2019
  • Examination                                       -              April 8 – 15, 2019
  • Vacation                                              -              April 17, 2019
Carnation at PEI- sculptures through sand casting
Carnation at PEI- sculptures through sand casting
PEI Morning Glory Class on Movement Exploration
PEI Morning Glory Class on Movement Exploration
Sculptures through sand casting
Sculptures through sand casting
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PEI kids celebrated Red Day- Moral Education
PEI kids celebrated Red Day- Moral Education

Greetings

As per our scheduled activities, PEI was to go RED on February 14, 2019. By the grace of God, the day arrived at last, and PEI went Red!

The Story

As a morally-inclined institution that seeks to nurture children into responsible citizens of the future, we go beyond imparting academic knowledge to also cultivate good values and morals in our students. And so, we scheduled the PEI Red Day to celebrate love with the world. To watch a video about the event, please visit the links attached this report and to read more update about our school, you can please click on the link PEI NEWS.

We designed this programme to help children develop a healthier attitude towards loving one another. As part of the event, we shared stories from the Bible such as the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), and played videos that taught them how to care for the things they love. The children and the school also exchanged gifts to show their ability to share abundance with one another.

We also organised fun activities and games including football, oware, ludo, and ampe. The celebrations were a success and everybody had a wonderful time. We hope to have more of these amazing experiences in the coming months. 

  

Thank you for being a part of this.

Best wishes,

Some of the images of the event
Some of the images of the event
Kids Praying
Kids Praying
some of the kids
some of the kids

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Paajaf Foundation

Location: Mallam-Accra, Greater Accra - Ghana
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Twitter: @PAAJAF
Project Leader:
Philip Appiah
Founder
Mallam-Accra, Ghana

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