We are grateful for your support in helping us to educate over 350 children in rural Ghana. Our programs were enhanced this year through teacher training, painting and repairing older school buildings, and new school uniforms for each child, sewn by our vocational training graduates.
Our local partners also used the school lunch program to improve childhood nutrition, at a time when food supplies were scarce and harvests were impacted by severe weather. By storing food in advance and growing vegetables in our school gardens, we are able to help children maintain their health during these challenging times.
We are also excited to have added a second kindergartent class at Tahama Learning Center, where children continue to thrive. The new teacher is a graduate of our youth education program and was born in a neighboring village. Next year, the teachers and students will expand their school garden and tree planting activities.
We look forward to continuing to grow our education programs to create opportunities for all of the children in our partner communities.
We are very grateful for the generosity of our supporters in helping us to raise enough funds to begin a new kindergarten class at our Tahama Learning Center in January. Our local community partners are busy preparing for these new students.
Preparation includes meeting with families to discuss the learning program and expectations and collecting birthdates and other registration information about each student. Additionally, our partners are interviewing participants in our youth education program who have recently completed their high school exams regarding their interest in teaching. The newly hired teacher will receive training from the school Director, Madam Salma, before beginning work in January. All of our teaching staff come from the local region and most are graduates of our educational programs.
To support this effort, Engage Globally helps our partners with compiling student information, new curriculum materials, and in January three of our Board members will travel to Ghana to conduct in-person teacher trainings. Additionally, we are working on finding small business partners or grants to help with the purchase of used motorcycles. Teacher transportation is a major challenge in rural schools, especially for female teachers, and motorcycles make a big difference.
In collaboration with our local partners we are excited to be preparing for the new students and teachers and look forward to a very successful new school year in January!
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