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"Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery". --- Horace Mann
Our School is a low-cost basic school at Afrancho, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana. We ascribe to the view that the collaboration of teachers and volunteers of diverse backgrounds remains indispensable to the broadening of kids' scope even as they interact with an interesting mix of people discharging their duties as educators and/or educational workers.
Volunteers are urgently needed to partner the foundation in its diverse educational initiatives and activities. These include classroom lessons, music and drumming lessons, life skils, motley creative and capacity-building workshops targeted at students, educators and specific community actors, physical education and sport lessons, photography lessons, art projects, drama sessions, educational innovation projects, collaboration on important areas of educational and social research, literary productions,classroom construction, you name them.
The primary focus is to enlarge the educational horizons of kids and teachers out here who would have to make a living in a world predominantly run on the wheels of education. The education in mind here is that which aligns with the ideals and aspirations of the people involved. Don't forget this goes a long way in contributing positively to education's unchanging agenda of bringing about the equalization of human conditions.
There are also great prospects for deeper understanding of third-world education and social issues. This remains very critical in view of the avalanche of conflicting social media narratives about Africa's prospects and perils.
It is worth noting that positive educational outcomes can be substantially achieved in the midst of a concerted brainstorming on nudging problems by collective minds. That's why we are inviting you to come join us as we confront, in purely realistic terms, that wicked monster called ignorance and her undesirable brood.
Which brings us to the point that volunteering here is far from being an easy, wishy-washy pleasurable expedition. It is hard work that entails a tremendous amount of mental and physical exertion. And its success depends to a large extent on the diligent volunteer's utilization of critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving skills and personal resourcefulness.
Those critical about the practice of international volunteering in basic schools should remember that what happens within the four walls of our school (and any other school) has serious implications for national and international development. Donor agencies are not the only ones who set the wheel of development in motion. Schools are also active agents in the development process even when they dont directly sign agreements with donor agencies. Development is not all about grants, conferences and memoranda of understanding . Classrooms engage in development on a daily basis. Interestingly, what pertains in the classroom in one generation will manifest in government in another generation. Ask Abraham Lincoln.
Or better still, let's ask Prof. Ivan for his insightful take on the far-reaching influence of teachers on national destinies:
"The future of the world is in my classroom today , a future with all the potential for good or bad...several presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be at the THIEVES and MURDERERS of the future... I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow."
Improving tomorrow. Shaping leaders and the led. Actively working to make murder and thievery unattractive through the development of sound judgement, character , social solidarity and civic-mindedness. These goals (pursued in the classroom) add some vitality to the claim about the classroom being a strategic point for real development.
Hence, the teacher giving lessons to kids here is a potential world changer, either for good or for bad.
Contact us if you are of the former; an individual who eschews the mine-is-good-and-yours-is-bad approach in interracial engagements.
Withhold your volunteering plans, and get some additional training and education if you exhibit the tendencies of the latter, i.e. those whose volunteering consists solely in fault-finding, thrill-seeking and thus end up defeating the noble intentions of the school's brand of International volunteering.
At the end of the day, the evidence of your volunteering here should be more than just a new profile picture taken amongst a people who are supposedly poor but happy.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
There is so much to learn about the Ghanaian culture even as you get into the minds of kids who are open to interesting interactions with foreign volunteers. We usually expect volunteers to avoid nightclubbing , drinking and other lifestyles that could put lives in harm's way. A willingness to abide by this advice is very critical to a successful volunteering experience.
Teaching and organising reading clinics, writing and maths workshops, arts projects, music lessons, inspiring creativity in kids, organizing photography lessons and projects, training trainers and educators, teaching phonics to kids, classroom construction, etc.
English and Twi (a local language)
An accomodation is available for volunteers without any charge whatsoever. Simply put, there are no hidden charges.
The historic city of Kumasi abounds with motley tourist attractions. Management will guide volunteers to visit these places during days when they are not expected to be in school.
When not properly managed, volunteering within a basic school setting causes a lot of disturbing distractions, ultimately defeating the supposedly good intentions behind it. It might even lead to volunteees risking their lives and the lives of people in the host organisations. For this reason, volunteers must be willing to adhere to certain codes of discipline. These are duly made known to volunteers upon arrival in Ghana.
Potential volunteers must also note that picture-taking, video-making, Facebook live broadcasts and other intrusive acts during INSTRUCTIONAL PERIODS are proscribed. Express approval is needed for any of these activities.
Understandably, the permission granted will objectively take into consideration the appropriateness of time and the activity itself aside other equally important indices.
More than two
4-5 hours max 25 hours a week