Achievers Ghana at the Launch of National Reading Day

In celebration of International World Literacy Day, Worldreader in partnership with the Ministry of Education launched the National Reading Day on 25th September at the British Council – Accra.

 

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The ability to read is essential if an individual is to participate fully in society, and a population of readers is key to building a strong Nation. During this event, we will recognize the work of both the Ministry of Education and Worldreader in helping to build a Nation of strong readers.

 

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The keynote addresses was by President and Co-Founder of Worldreader, David Risher followed by a brief message from the Worldreader Country Director, Carol Young Williams on the objectives of Worldreader to promote reading culture in every household in Ghana and beyond.

 

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Achievers Ghana’s team was there to fully participate and entertained the audience with an educative drama (sketch) on the ‘Importance of Reading”. It was such an honour to be part of the historical event.

 

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There was also a performance and released of National Song about Reading by Musician Okyeame Kwame and his children.

 

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Also to help graced, the occasion was our dear Honourable Minister of Inner Cities & Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid (PhD) and Mrs Matilda Amissah Arthur, former 2nd lady of the Republic of Ghana. Though they could not stay for long, their short presence adds more value and momentum to the event.

 

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The event ended with a special lunch and networking with some memorable photos.

 

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Thank you so much Worldreader and Ministry of Education for this wonderful initiative to empower individuals through reading.

 

 

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Achievers Ghana attends Child Protection Workshop.

Achievers Ghana attended a two (2) Day Workshop on Child Protection organized by Welfare of Children and Youth Association – Ghana. Child Protection is a critical issue and needs critical attention from all stakeholders. Child Protection refers to protection from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.

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Violations of the child’s right to protection are massive, under-recognized and underreported and are barriers to child survival and development especially in our communities. As a child-centered organization, and specifically for a girl-child, Achievers Ghana saw the need to familiarise itself with the new policies and systems that are needed to help promote the well-being of deprived girls in our various communities.

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The workshop found that children who are subjected to violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect are at risk of shortened lives, poor physical and mental health, educational problems (including dropping out of school), poor parenting skills later in life, homelessness, vagrancy, and displacement.

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The workshop also shares information on the process of institutional and technical capacity building, the gains made, the challenges encountered. It makes key recommendations towards the achievement of organizational best practices and a culture of human rights among the target partner organizations.

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The workshop intermittently was occasioned by a seasoned energizer to help participants to refresh their minds.

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It is our hope that the results addressed by this workshop, will not only be the springboard for future Child rights monitoring and reporting but should also form the basis of further interventions in building the capacities of families, communities, and duty-bearers to provide protection to children.

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Empowering 200 girls in Programming and Robotics in Nima – Accra.

DreamOval Foundation in collaboration with Achievers Ghana is pleased to present the Females In Tech Initiative (FemITI) to introduce 200 girls in Nima to programming and Robotics.

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FemITI is a project to train young girls to develop program solving skills through coding and robotics to empower them to facilitate technology creation to generate opportunities for social transformation and poverty alleviation.  This training program will be offered at no cost to the girls.

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Female enrolments in schools continue to decline progressively from the basic to the tertiary level of our educational system. This is the reason why we find it important to help with the development of young women and to ignite their interest in ICT education in Ghana.

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FemITI will focus on programming, Internet of Things and Robotics training targeted at girls between the ages of 13 – 17 years. The purpose of this project is to equip the selected girls with digital skills which can be used to solve problems peculiar to their communities and can be a means to generate income. Our goal is to help the girls create a path for their success in education and to give them relevant skills for livelihood and sustenance.

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The objective of FemITI is to create the foundation for young females to develop relevant IT skills to catapult them into entrepreneurship in STEM-related careers which seem to be a specialty dominated by men. We believe this initiative will provide the platform to harness knowledge sharing among women in the tech industry and most importantly create opportunities to develop women and increase female employment rate in the country.  We have realized over the period that many people have misconstrued perception about ICT related fields as reserved for men and we hope to break that myth with this project.

The project focuses on girls in both Junior High School and Senior High School and will run for 8 weeks on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. All teaching and learning material will be provided for the girls and they will be given unlimited access to a pool of female mentors who will guide them, motivate them and monitor their progress over the period. The training will end with the girls participating in a boot camp.

This is a maiden edition of this initiative and we hope that the program serves as an opportunity and create better future for our young girls in Nima.

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Achievers Ghana Celebrates International Literacy Day 2018

United Way Ghana in collaboration with Achievers Ghana organised this year’s International Literacy Day 2018 at Maamobi – Kawukudi, Accra.  This year’s celebration was on the theme ” Back to School and Literacy Fair” witnessed many teachers, parents and children within the East and North Ayawaso Constituency of Greater Accra region.

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Parents, teachers and community leaders were engaged in an educational seminar. They were taken through the modern way ways of addressing the needs of students both at home and school. Special Attention Project (SAP) addressed teachers and parents on interventions to help children with learning difficulties to achieve their potential.

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Mr James of Eneza Education took the audience through how teachers and students can access the modern way of learning mobile web, desktop, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram.

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The children were engaged in intensive reading activities from our volunteers. It was a really interesting encounter with the children as many of them find it difficult to read. our volunteers were able to bring out the best in the children and has been advised to take their reading very serious.

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Some of the children also took part in bead making and many other activities. There were also facilities for children to play such as the bouncing castle and many more.

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Other organisations that took part in the program were Ghana Education Service, Ghana Library Authority and Worldreader. Thank you all for making this year’s event a successful one.

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Help Grow Healthy & Successful Children

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Children grow up in a society that demands expertise in everything. You cannot sit back and decide that learning from textbooks is enough for the overall development of your child. It’s the age of specialization and your child cannot afford to miss out on this window of opportunity. So, scour your community for the most advantageous programs and enroll them for the ones you think are the best.

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After school programs are basically designed to develop a talent or a skill that is ignored by regular schools. These programs could be educational or recreational in nature. Whatever type they are, they aim to keep the child active and interested. The most important advantage of a good after school program is that it widens your child’s area of interests. He or she is introduced to new things, sometimes interesting, sometimes challenging. Mastering a new art form or a new skill increases the child’s esteem. It also allows you to introduce your child to new career options. A child attending a public speech class may decide that she likes it so much that she wants to make a career out of it in the long run.

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Socialization is another great advantage of after school program. Children get to meet others who share their interests and make new friendships. An acting class or a soccer class can be lots of fun. Many of these programs coach children for performances or matches. Performing on stage or playing a match can be a great experience for a young child.

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After school programs keep your teenager busy. They have some amount of protection from destructive habits like drugs and alcohol. Surveys indicate that children who are kept busy through diverse absorbing activities are less prone to abuse, depression and burnout. Significant increase in achievement and attendance and a reduction in drop out rates are other advantages of a good after school programs.

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Most after school program have children interacting with one or more adult. This allows them to benefit from positive relationships with adults. Children often find it difficult to confide in parents and teachers, but may open up with other adults.

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Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. We must provide them an environment that will help develop the capacity as they transit from childhood to adulthood. For children, a sense of community plays an important role in the development of their feelings of belonging and security. Children thrive in an environment of mutually supportive and caring relationship, because of this, early childhood services and after school community programs can act as an important point of connection for families.

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Achievers Ghana Performance at the World Children’s Day.

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Achievers Ghana at World Children’s Day

On World Children’s Day on November 20 – the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – children raised their voices in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

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To mark this year’s World Children’s Day in West and Central Africa, children from various countries in the region will t over the ‘Africa Dialogues Conference’. On stage, the children will tell us about the Africa They Want.

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