Wulugu Project update – June 2014
A brief and packed June visit to Ghana was a great success and gave us a valuable opportunity to meet with our Ghana team and look at recent work, as well as to deepen understanding of the many needs for the future.
At our recently opened extension to Larabanga Village School there was a durbar,with much singing and dancing. The speeches from the Head teacher , the Director of Education and District Chief Executive were all encouraging and stressing the importance of ‘Taking ownership’ and ‘Caring for the school’ and ‘ Feeding the children before they come to school.’ It is clear that this school is in safe hands .
A significant development here is an extra classroom for the oldest pupils, funded by ‘Tusk Trust’ . This is to encourage more to stay in education beyond primary .
Bidddick Academy has provided desks for Larabanga, and we delivered letters from that school .
We visited Tolon, our new Vocational School for girls. It currently is running taster courses for young women in weaving, cooking, tailoring, hairdressing and everyone learns computing. Two and three year courses will start in September .
One of the highlights was a donation to the School of £600 from NORSAAC, a local development charity who wanted to support our work. This large local donation is a first and shows that our work really is appreciated by the whole community.
We also visited Kpilo which, before our recent help, had a completely inadequate three classroom school.( It is the home village of one of our loyalist builders/ block maker who has travelled with Karimu to build in some of the remotest villages). The new 4 classrooms have transformed the school.
In the Speeches , again there was an emphasis on ‘Caring for the school’ and ‘Keeping it tidy’ and the Chairman advised parents ‘To sell the cattle to send the children to school, The cattle can be replaced but not the children’ A very wise and brave man.
Our trip was not all large noisy celebrations. We also visited five of our vocational schools to talk to the heads and students. This was backed up by a training session for all of our vocational school heads. These Schools are all different.
Sawla in the west is growing fast and has set up a ‘Food bank’ that can store food to help keep students in school at the end of the year. It also arranges ‘work placements’ for the girls so they are more employable on graduation.
Buipe in the south has grown enormously by taking in boys, with a very supportive Chief who has paid for an extra hostel for girls and laid on running water with the aid of his water engineer son-in-law. His P.A is a Buipe graduate.
Savelugu has been struggling but with a new head and equipment and an excellent tailoring department the future looks bright.
Walewale in the north is bulging at the seams with 700 students, a full complement of graduate teachers and extra classrooms being built. Graduates from Walewale have obtained good jobs in the town.
Karaga in the east is growing slowly. The hostel makes it accessible to students from across the region. Weaving and tailoring courses are particularly popular.
Our visit left us encouraged by the success of the projects that we have completed and aware that there is still much more to be done.