The primary focus of Connecting Kids Education Foundation (CKEF), a non-governmental organisation, set up about four years ago, is to improve literacy in rural communities in the country. This is done by preparing and laying a sound foundation for pupils at the primary level, where education matters most.
The organisation expects that by the time the pupils move from the primary to the junior high school (JHS) level, they would have a strong foundation to enhance their performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
According to Mrs Ellen Blamires, the President of CKEF, it is the aim of the organisation to provide an enabling environment for children in rural communities to give them a fairer chance of competing with their counterparts in the cities.
To work towards the attainment of these objectives, she said, the organisation had initiated programmes to build a strong foundation to support primary literacy in the Kissi Besease M.A. Basic School in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (K.E.E.A) District in the Central Region and the Anum Anglican Primary School in the Asuogyaman District in the Eastern Region.
It started with reading clinics and an hour-after-school lesson for pupils from primary one to six at the Kissi Besease M.A. Basic School. Under the initiative, teachers from the school were trained and given a token to take over the programme.
She said when the pupils graduated from the basic level to the JHS, other subjects were included to the special reading clinics.
The organisation saw the need to provide the school with a library and, consequently, with support from EPP Bookshop and Kings School Mac of the United Kingdom (UK), the organisation rehabilitated a building that was used as a library, with Thangs Computers and Astra Zeneca Mac, Australia providing computers, and this, she said, gave the children a change in attitude to learning.
She said this year, a number of the JHS 3 students from the school had exhibited a high level of academic excellence and commitment to write the BECE.
She also pointed out that it was planning an excursion for the students to the head office of the Graphic Communications Group Limited in Accra to expose them to the operations of the newspaper industry.
She said systematically, the NGO was improving the infrastructural facilities of the school and hoped to build a computer centre for the children.
The organisation was also working together with the St Peter’s Nursery at Kissi, in collaboration with the Methodist Church, to cater for about 200 pupils, and with the help of Carr Green Primary in the UK, permanent structures for the nursery were under construction.
In the Asuogyaman District, the NGO held a workshop for English Literature teachers in February this year at Akrade and also gave books to students of the Anum Anglican Primary School, which enabled them to observe the library time. It had also constructed a library for the school at a cost of GH¢150,000 with the help of philanthropists and the entire community.
Collaboration with assemblies
Mrs Blamires said the organisation was collaborating with the two district assemblies in the two communities to attain better results, adding, “Our next step is to go to the Pru East District.”
She said the organisation was committed to ensuring that opportunities for the growth of children in the rural areas were not lost, pointing out that eventually, it intended to extend it operations to other deprived areas in the country.
She said it needed funding from all those who had the interest of children at heart, to ensure that those children had something to dream about.
She expressed gratitude to its benefactors, mentioning in particular, Voltic Mineral Water, Vivo Energy, Ghana Home Loans, PW Ghana Limited (an Irish Company), Meridian Ports Services (MPS), Stella Travels and Atlas Copos.
Source: Graphic Online