Greetings!!!

Greetings from Ghana to all of you! We are most grateful for the safety, good health and life of all of us in this era of pandemic.

School Re-opening Updates

Following the announcement of the reopening of schools by the Government of Ghana through the President Nana Akufo-Addo, a go ahead for students in Junior High School 2 and Senior High School 2 was given to resume school on the 5th of October to 14th of December 2020 to complete their academic year.


Resumption of Nursery, Kindergarten, Primary, Junior High School 1 and Senior High School 1 students has been postponed until January 2021 under the following regulations:

  • Students, teachers,  and non-teaching staff will respect all the Covid- 19 protocols.
  • 30 students can sit in a Junior High School 2 class
  • 25 students can sit in a Secondary High School 2 class
  • Students as well as all teaching and non-teaching staff must wear face masks, which be provided by the government.
  • The government will provide each school with Veronica Buckets, gallons of liquid soap, rolls of tissue paper, thermometer guns, and 200 milliliters containers of sanitizers.
  • Junior High School  2 students will have one hot meal every day.
  • Fumigation of schools will occur before reopening.
  • Assemblies and sporting events will still be banned; outsiders will not be allowed to use school premises for any event. Schools with no sick bay will be connected to a health facility

 

Adanu Stakeholder Summit

In the light of these new regulations on attending school, a stakeholder’s engagement meeting sponsored by Africa Education Watch with support from UNESCO and ActionAid Ghana and hosted by ADANU was held at the Freedom Hotel in Ho on Thursday 10th September, 2020.

The event pulled together The Volta Regional Director of Education, The Ho Municipal Director of  Education, The Ho Municipal Director of Health, The Volta Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare, The Volta Regional Secretaries of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT),and Ghana National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Volta Regional Managers of the various education units, and Directors of some NGOs like Pencil of Promise (POP), Kekeli Foundation and VOICE GHANA. We deliberated on a report “The Ghana Covid-19 School Re-opening Monitoring” and suggested ideas to make our schools in the Volta Region ready for reopening as directed and announced by the Government of Ghana.

A panel of four was put together to further discuss the salient issues from the report and invite the rest of the participants give their inputs. Here are some questions that were asked:

  1. Can you offer guidance on how schools can help meet students’ academic non-academic needs next year?
  2. What will schooling look like for the most vulnerable student groups, or students who need individualized services that will require closer contact and potentially making them more vulnerable to viral transmission?
  3. Do schools have flexibility in their implementation of COVID guidelines for reopening schools? Can some practices be dropped if they are too onerous to implement or if students or staff are unwilling to comply?
  4. Do schools face greater legal liability from failing to provide an adequate education to students or from students getting sick from the virus? Is the balance between these two competing interests appropriate?
  5. If remote learning continues to be an important element of public and private education from Kindergarten to Senior High School 1, as the panelists assert, what can schools and districts be doing now to ensure its success next year?

Tongor Agordeke School Building Progress

The Tongor-Agordeke School project is moving on steadily. The walls have been put up and chiseling of the walls for the piping of electrical cables have been done. The wooden window shutters are being fabricated and masons are plastering. When plastering is done, the windows and doors can be installed and painting can occur.  Then, the school will be ready for use. At this pace of work we are very positive that per the announcement of reopening of schools in January 2021, school kids will walk into a new classroom.

Community-Engaged Learning with Adanu

Michigan State University and Penn State University have established a partnership with Adanu and we’re pleased to introduce a brand-new concept in study abroad. In response to the limitation of the Covid-19, we are bringing Ghana to you.
 
In this online course, you see how Adanu is bringing a future filed with opportunity and hope to the people of Ghana. You will experience first-hand the heart-warming people of Ghana. You will learn how to engage collaboratively and respectfully using Adanu’s community engaged service model.
 
This virtual course is wrapped in a 21st century best practices framework for Community-Engaged Learning.

Adanu English Literacy Project Led by Brandi Heider

This project is being created to support the continued enrichment and development of English literacy in rural communities in the Volta Region of Ghana. This project supports students in a balanced literacy approach to learning, incorporating written, visual, oral, and auditory literacy in context. This project is in addition to classroom teaching and serves to scaffold student learning. This project will incorporate current curriculum guides and standards that will meet the expectations of Ghanian education. This project is not intended to replace classroom learning, but to add to what is already in place.

A Continuing THANK YOU!

Finally, we continue to appreciate our cherished donors, friends, partners among others. Please continue to support our work by donating to programs and activities; you are also welcome to download the Adanu App via the Apple Store and Google Play.

Donations in the US to support Adanu operations can be mailed to:

Friends of Adanu
PO Box 37
Renton, WA  98057
 

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