Presentation on theme: "Child Literacy Promotion Scheme (CLIPS). Background December 2006 in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana: The Founders of Ananse Reach Concept, after supporting."— Presentation transcript:
Background December 2006 in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana: The Founders of Ananse Reach Concept, after supporting the six- year old blind boy to undergo surgery wanted him to attend school.
Background The Founders, Nana Adwoa and Lawrence were committed to ensuring that the the other children in the community who were also not going to school were educated as well.
Background...but the nearest school to his community was miles away. Nana Adwoa asked “how could Mahamadu who is now learning how to use his eyes walk this long road to school? He may be ran over by a speeding vehicle”
Background “Why don’t you have a school?” She asks… We are waiting for government to build one for us answers the community people… Nana asks again, “why can’t we build a simple building using what you use in building your homes? If the children can sleep in there overnight, I do not think they will reject a school built with the same material”
Background “…we brought some of Lawrence’s old school uniforms and books for Mahamadu and we and our friends have enough of them for every child in this community”
Background “…you will not need to buy any school uniforms or shoes or books or pens or pencils or….”
Background “we can get you everything and Mahamadu and the children here will be happy”
Background The chief thought it was a good idea and immediately released a piece of land for work to start.
Background On their way back from the village, they observed various schools of different shapes and sizes and of different materials like this one…
Background It was disheartening to see that most of the children we saw in the rural areas did not have good uniforms when we had a lot of outgrown uniforms which were of high quality most of which we used a rags for mopping the floor. Just look at this one…
Background …and some very brilliant innovations that can be improved
Background …so Nana Adwoa asks the chief of Ehiamankyene, “is it safe to use mud to build schools as your community has done?” The chief says, “it is absolutely safe; even we use it to build our homes”
Background …“we were not wrong afterall”…says Nana Adwoa to Lawrence
Background So Nana Adwoa and Lawrence were convinced that their idea of having a school with locally available material was good and could be better than all the schools they saw and they could use that to get every child into school.
They were more convinced after their headmistress who is one of the most experienced educationists in Ghana and a seasoned psychologist confirmed to them that children attending schools in buildings same as their homes are more comfortable and such children even do not cry on their first day at school. She said, “Poor people feel afraid when they leave their poor homes to enter very beautiful buildings. Even most adults fear to enter certain supermarkets in Accra because they look too beautiful”.
What is CLIPS? … a concept that encourages children in well to do schools to support the education of less privileged children in deprived communities.
What is CLIPS? … it comes in a comprehensive three- dimensional package that seeks to equitably establish educational facilities, make school-going a most desired experience for every rural child and finally, rural teaching made extensively attractive.
We Ananses consider a school to be a place where teaching and learning can effectively go on and not just big and beautiful buildings. We believe that once a particular type of building material can be used to build a bedroom, it will be acceptable for building a school. Walking long distances to school and back in the scorching sun and on an empty stomach as experienced by most children in rural areas is the worst thing to happen to a child who is trying to have some education. We also know that most children in the rural areas do not have uniforms and the necessary stationery to facilitate their learning.
What does CLIPS entail? 1. Community Partnership School Establishment To ensure that every school in good standing in Ghana has a corresponding rural school built with their support and named after them e.g. St. Bernadette Soubirous Model School in Nyamebekyere. Ananse Reach Concept will encourage Communities or cluster of communities not having a basic school within a walking range of 1 km to come together and use communal labour to construct a simple structure using absolutely locally available material (the same material they use to build their homes). The school shall be linked to another big school in the city as their model school.
What does CLIPS entail? 2. Enrolment Enhancement Ananse Reach Concept will motivate every child to be in school by creating an environment that makes schooling more attractive than staying at home Ananses in the cities linked to rural schools will send to their adopted schools, their old uniforms, shoes, books, toys, pens, pencils, bags, lunch boxes etc to be used by their beneficiaries free. Also, occasionally, the Benefactor Ananses may send some pleasantries e.g. biscuits etc to their beneficiaries. It means if only you leave the streets to attend school, you will also get some or access to these things free.
What does CLIPS entail? 3. Teacher Motivation There shall be a scheme to support teachers who opt to teach in any of the Ananse assisted schools Occasionally, Ananses adopting a school will contribute per head insignificant quantities of food items e.g. a cup of rice each, gari, sugar; anything they can easily get from home, put together and sent to the model school. It is expected that taking the numbers, there will be bags of rice etc collected and each teacher will get a month’s or more ration of food thereby saving him a lot of expenditure. Ananses shall humbly ask for and bring their parents’ old but nice used clothes to be sent down to their model schools and the teachers there will get free nice clothes as well.
The District Assemblies to recognize the programme and give the communities trained teachers or volunteers. That is the difficulty we have faced since 2008 and that is why we have not been able to scale up and more children are still not in school today! We are ready. What else is left?
Every rural community in Ghana is expected to have access to at least one Educational Facility constructed for the community or for a cluster of communities. Almost all rural children of basic school going age are in school and motivated to learn. Initial signals gathered from enthusiastic benefactor schools and their members affirm an anticipated rush by every well-to-do school in Ghana to have a model school (of their own). Government will therefore not have to commit any funds into constructing and equipping rural schools. Government may re-channel the resources to other important areas of national development.
Parent of pupils attending Ananse Model Schools (who may be identified as the most needy) will not have to make any financial commitments for their wards’ uniforms, books, shoes etc. Teachers of Ananse Model Schools are expected to make heavy savings on their alleged meagre salaries as they will make less financial commitments for their clothing, food, domestic effects etc. It is expected that children having gone through this humanitarian gesture very early in their lives through to adulthood will be nurtured for future leaderships of compassion, humanity, sense of rural development, love for children and their sentiment, volunteerism, pro poor orientation, commitment towards vulnerabilities etc. reflecting in all professions they perform
MDG 2 is easily achievable with the active involvement of children Bridging the gap between rural and urban education requires the interaction of the two Patriotism and selflessness can best be sown at the very early stage of a human being’s life The nation has to be re-orientated that the major requirement of education is not the building but preparedness and motivation to be like the one just ahead of you.