Monday, July 28, 2008

THINGS ACCOMPLISHED Part 2

Now that I am home, it is easy to look back at the things I accomplished while I stayed in Elmina these last 9 weeks. I am posting them in no particular order. As I gather pictures for this posting, I am already thinking of a return visit and the things that are possible.


20 COMPUTERS FOR EDINAMAN HIGH SCHOOL

We purchased 20 computers from World Computer Exchange last December and they were received at Edinaman High School just before we arrived in May. Unfortunately there were only 13 that were working so we set about fixing them. While the computers were waiting to be fixed the carpenters got to work building tables for the new computer room and the electricians ran the cables that Tomorrow's Stars also donated. Before I left most of the computers were working. When school restarts in September both computer labs will be up and running. Enkei America donated a projector for one of the labs so I am sure there will be a rush to teach in that lab!
REPAIRS TO BROKEN COMPUTERS AND NEW TABLES AND ELECTRIC



LIBRARY OPEN UNTIL 8 PM
AFRICAN BOOKS TO CHECK OUT
SCIENCE REFERENCE BOOKS
While working at Edinaman High School with the
computers I found out that the school only had enough money to keep the library open until 3 PM. I also found it sadly lacking in books that were used in class or reading books that would appeal to young Africans. So Tomorrow's Stars is paying for a Library Prefect to keep the library
open until 8 PM and on Saturday's till noon.
We purchased over 150 novels that the students can relate to from the African writers series and will be available to check out in the new term. While I was shopping I also purchased science books to be kept in the reference section. I purchased 4 copies each of Integrated Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology even though they were $20 each as hardly anyone can afford to purchase these books that the teachers use in class.



SPENDING 2 WEEKS WATCHING AMAZING WOMEN TEACHERS
This is my favorite picture of Nancy teaching in the Kindergarten Class. The volunteer teachers devised a short list of easily accomplished tasks and teaching methods for the teachers of the lower primary grades. What a great achievement in only a 2 week stay. I was truly impressed with the depth of understanding they achieved in such a short time. All four of the volunteers contributed so much more than their time and expertise. We are very grateful that we had them help.



Michelle was great at getting involved with the class one children.



Kellie in the middle of some nursery children.
Michelle and daughter Katie always smiling. Walking home from school.
Helping with the teaching at Sound Foundation School.












Looking great honoring recent graduates at a ceremony.
And because they still had energy and love here they are handing out treats and gifts to the children that lived near the Hut the girls stayed in.

1 comment:

pingfamily said...

Kathy, you truly accomplished a remarkable amount! What great contributions you and your team made. I LOVE what you did at Edinaman library. This seems like an upgrade that will have huge impact, with great sustainability (ie nothing to break!). The longer hours, and so many wonderful additions to the library, will benefit so many. The shelving/displays look great, too! Congratulations on such a productive and rewarding stay!

Wendy