This week saw the launch of the first ever KickStart Ghana summer school, working in partnership with St Cecilia School. KickStart Ghana have provided a grants for four teachers to be employed over the holidays and lunch to be provided for each of the 80 children who will attend daily. Class sizes will be at 20, half of the national average in Ghana during term time.
The children attending are all in year 6 and will be moving on to Junior High School next year, the equivalent of a UK secondary school. Working with Ms Alorbi (St Cecilia’s headmistress). the PTA and school management team, these were identified as the children who would benefit most from a summer’s tuition. They will be taught English, Maths, Science and Citizenship by the Ghanaian teachers.
We have also recruited 14 volunteers; a mixture of Brits, Irish, Ghanaian and Togolese to run further classes focusing on four key areas:
- Physical development
- Social and emotional development
- Language and communication skills and
- Cognitive development.
These lessons are designed to supplement the Ghanaian curriculum and encourage the children to develop in a holistic manner.
On the first day we asked the children what they were looking forward to at the summer school. We received the following answers:
“I look forward to spending time with my friends.”
“I look forward to learning from the teachers.”
“I am excited to meet new people.”
At KickStart Ghana we’re incredibly excited by the launch of this school and we look forward to keeping our supporters up to date with its successes.