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Empowering pupils through Voluntary-Teacher-Education in Bimbilla.

Building capacity, providing community-volunteers and educational resources to pupils living in Bimbilla – a violent-conflict community.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The urban/rural gap is a doggedly problem for education systems around the world and Bimbilla as a violent-conflict community is not an exception. There have been longstanding teacher absenteeism and teacher quality in the area, whiles limited educational learning materials continues to drain them down because of the armed-conflict situation in the area. The never-ending canker has impacted negatively on the academic performances of children who attend schools in the district, consequently abating their future prospects and aspirations so to bridge this disparity, we introduced a platform with codename AIDER. Amass Ghana has built capacity of hundreds of young people in Bimbilla in order for them to lead activities of peacebuilding in their respective communities. However, the AG – Aider is doing otherwise, Aider is building capacity of Youth Groups who are already involved in reintegration process to mentor young people in the aspect of peacebuilding. In addition, the Aider platform trains Volunteers in aspect of education and dispatch them to teach at schools that have teacher- dearth and also providing educational resources (marker, charts, pictures, marker board, books, pen etc.) to supplement textbooks to pupils. Whiles using E-DATA collection platform to bridge the rural/urban educational system gap. The E-DATA collection platform keeps track of volunteers (inside out), allows volunteers to report teacher vacancies, shortage of educational supplies so that we can provide replacements and solicit for support from donor agencies. The idea is to use resident Senior High School graduates (89 percent) to champion peace and prosperity through education for all children in order to give marginalized children the opportunity to have quality and sustainable education for a better future tomorrow.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

There are three major beneficiaries to this project; 1. Basic to Junior High School children aged 5 and 17 who are faced with educational challenges because of the longstanding armed-conflict in the area and community youth-volunteers, youth groups and, teachers already involved in the reintegration process in the Nanumba North District. 2. Graduate Senior High School fellows awaiting their results who have strong penchant of rebuilding their communities will be given an informal training to enable them give back to their respective societies. 3. Society and parents also benefits in the long term since education is the key to development. It’s our believe that, when the child is given quality, better and sustainable choice of education, parents and communities including Bimbilla will stand a chance of moving past the war age community to a community of tolerance.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Professional Teachers posted to teach in the district either swerve postings or seek transfer because of the fear of being victimized in the unending clashes. However, we have adapted a Volunteer- Teacher-Strategy to promote quality, better and sustainable education to children schooling in this vicinity. 89 percent of our volunteers are resident Senior High School graduates who are awaiting their results. We build their capacity and dispatch them to schools that have no/ limited teachers with strong collaboration from the district educational directorate. Why resident SHS? Over the years, we have noticed non-resident trained teachers seeking to be transferred from various schools in Bimbilla because of the heightened tension hence the approach to subscribe for resident SHS graduates. Once trained, their data and exit plan is captured on the platform so that we can look for substitutes to that effect. There is a chain of command and the E-data platform help us coordinate that.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Over the years AMASS GHANA as a Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peace Building has built capacity of young people/ trained youths to build peace for sustainable development at the local level. We believes PEACE can be attained in a civilized society only when the populace are Democratically, Educationally and Economically empowered. 4 Board of Directors, 9 Executive Members, 19 staffs, 27 volunteers.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

After training young pupils to lead peacebuilding activities in Bimbilla, 2017 – 2018, we found out that, most of the pupils in the districts had dropped out and those who are still in school had no/ limited teachers to man various class rooms whiles greater percentage of pupils/teachers had no/ limited learning materials hence the inception of Aider.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

In 1994, about 2,000 people lost their lives and somewhat 150,000 people were displaced and till now, close to 20 people lose their lives because of the inter-ethnic clashes every year. Currently, there is a dust-to-dawn curfew imposition in the area and the Ghana government in 2015 spend USD 67000 on security personnel deployment to Bimbilla. Bimbilla continues to suffer zero/less social intervention and this in turn do not give way for prosperity. The situation has forced thousands of teenagers to migrate to engage in head-porting/child prostitution in the cities. The Aider quality, better and sustainable educational model will incorporate peacebuilding methodologies in Teacher-Volunteers for impartation. Building peace through education for the young will promote coherence and tolerance between the two tribes. Despite the historical peacebuilding progress, many issues remain unresolved and the peace process is making progress at a slower pace than what many anticipated.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Our major partners have always and will always be resident volunteers because they understand the ground rules and violent-conflict situation more than any foreigner. During the piloting phase, we recruited five SHS graduates from different regions – some from Kumasi, Tamale, Bimbilla and Ho respectively. At the end of the pilot phase, residents of BImbilla were advancing their roles and were wishing that the program spans further whiles those from foreign communities were praying for the immediate end of the program.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

1. We have hundreds of SHS graduate volunteers, youth groups, NGO’s registering to take part in the educational reintegration process but funding to accommodate huge numbers continues to build walls. 2. We have a ready-to-work-with education directorates fuelling the processes. 3. We are currently working with publishing companies to assist us with the supply of educational materials.

Geographic Focus

Nanumba North District – Bimbilla, Northern part of Ghana.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

First phase (Full Implementation) expires in 24 month after which we will consider expanding project to different conflict/ deprived communities in Ghana.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Photo of Joseph Kyei-Boateng

Wow, this is great. Keep it up Kofi!

Photo of Kofi Asamoah-Ababio

Thanks, we are only doing the best we can in order to make the world a better place. A place where premium are given to all children irrespective of their location, background etc.

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