Children  Ghana Project #30835

Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana

by The Exploratory Vetted since 2017
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana
Support science clubs for 600 girls in Ghana

Summary

To build girls' confidence, interest and knowledge in science and math, The Exploratory gives teachers the necessary supplies, stationery and training to facilitate free, weekly hands-on science clubs. This project will support weekly, interactive, after school sessions for 600 girls and 150 boys in 16 public upper primary and junior high schools in the greater Accra and Eastern regions in Ghana in 2018.

$7,500
total goal
$883
remaining
45
donors
3
monthly donors
11
months

Challenge

Most primary school students in Ghana learn science by rote because their teachers are not trained as subject experts, and few schools have supplies or equipment. Furthermore, gendered expectations keep many girls from pursuing science and engineering. The Exploratory's clubs and teacher-facilitators make science come alive for students through hands-on activities that enable "light bulbs to go on" figuratively and literally, and create a supportive environment, especially for girls.

Solution

We provide science kits and supplies to teachers after they participate in an annual training. They in turn recruit students and co-facilitate science clubs with activities co-developed with The Exploratory, and adapted for local curriculum and available resources. Clubs typically have a teacher:student ratio of 1:10 so students work in small groups, to explore, experiment, measure, observe, ask questions and discuss. 2018 topics include body systems, agriculture and electronics.

Long-Term Impact

750 students and 70 teachers benefit directly. Club members will have better grades in science, be more likely to go on to senior secondary school, and a subset will to continue in science. Teachers use supplies and kits for other classes in their school, and club members serve as peer teachers, so at least an additional 3000 students will benefit from having hands-on science learning. Our project raises the quality of science education in the schools, and academic prospects of students.

Resources

Meet Gloria, future engineer
Junior high teacher Mr. Adokwei's perspective
Why our motto is "STEM+Love = A better world"

Organization Information

The Exploratory

Location: Accra - Ghana
Website: http:/​/​www.the-exploratory.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @girlsciexplore
Project Leader:
Connie Chow
Accra, Greater Accra Region Ghana
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