STANDARD CHARTERED BANK GHANA PROVIDES 300 RESIDENTS IN AYAWASO WITH RELIEF PACKAGES UNDER OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE INITIATIVE
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited is partnering with United Way Ghana to support the vulnerable communities under our COVID-19 Response Initiative. Through our partnership with the Bank, we will be supporting the parents and caregivers of the wards in the Kanda Cluster of schools by providing them with relief packages and engaging their young learners in a remote reading program for an entire month. The Kanda Cluster of School is located within the same community at the Standard Chartered Head Office. Most of the students in the school enjoy their main meal at school. With the onset of COVID 19 and the shut down of schools, the students have lost out on this. Their parents and caregivers who are mostly small scale business owners have also been impacted economically by the pandemic. These relief packages contain essential foodstuffs like rice, gari, beans, sugar, mackerel, soap, oil and tin tomatoes and sanitary items for the household.
UNITED WAY GHANA'S WITH MAAMOBI WEST
It is rare to have a school or community go out of their way to express their gratitude for gifts received from not-for profits. This is not the case with Maamobi West. For over ten years, United Way Ghana’s relationship with DarulHidjra Islamic School has grown beyond the school to the entire community in Maamobi West. The community has embraced us and accepted us as one of their own. They do not take for granted our presence and support, which is a refreshing change for anyone who works in the non-profit sector.
Last year, in partnership with Clifton Homes, a real estate and construction company, we facilitated the construction of an 8-unit toilet facility for the school. For the first time since it was founded over 20 years ago, young learners and teachers could attend classes without any inconveniences. The gratitude we received was overwhelming from the community leaders, teachers and young learners.
GHANA ASSOCIATION OF BANKERS PARTNERS WITH UNITED WAY GHANA TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD SUPPLIES
United Way Ghana in partnership with the Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB)successfully distributed 300 boxes of food supplies to households in Akropong, Mamfe and Abiriw. Beneficiaries of the food distribution included aged members of the community struggling to provide for themselves and families of young learners who are beneficiaries of United Way Ghana’s Improving Basic Education program and Nyansapo Scholarship Scheme.With the food supplies supporting entire families the 300 boxes of food supplies translated to over 1,800 lives benefiting from this initiative alone.
For residents of Akropong, Mamfe and Abiriw the donation of food supplies consisting of rice, sugar, oil, gari, beans and canned fish represents much needed relief for their families. COVID-19 not only negatively impacts the health of individuals but it has compounded existing economic pressures on families, parents and the aged. Disruption of the educational system has also added increased pressure on parents of learners no longer benefiting from free school meals – the main source of nutrition for hundreds of thousands of students across the country.
UNITED WAY GHANA LAUNCHES READING ENGAGEMENTS IN AYAWASO NORTH
“I can't emphasize it enough: Our collective fight against COVID-19 will be successful if we work together. We're in this together”.(Brian Gallegher, 2020). During these uncertain times, we must work together towards meeting the needs of the vulnerable in our societies against our common enemy, COVID-19. The virus, akin to the Spanish Influenza, has affected 215 countries and territories. This virus has hit multitudes globally, but the most affected are the people living in underserved communities, lacking access to health services.
In Ghana, the situation is no different, as the number of patients rise, and schools continue to be closed, the return of young learners to their classrooms is becoming increasingly slim. This led to the creation of our COVID-19 Response Initiative. The COVID-19 response is configured to ensure community readiness in the face of the coronavirus with a 4 - pronged approach: Community Sensitization (in local languages), Childhood literacy and Remote Learning, provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and provision of Foodstuff.
UNITED WAY GHANA KICKS OFF ITS COVID-19 RESPONSE INITIATIVE IN AYAWASO NORTH
The COVID-19 outbreak in Ghana has put a spotlight on economic inequalities and a fragile social safety net that leaves underserved communities to bear the economic brunt of the crisis. The global pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to countries around the world. With over a million confirmed cases of infection and more than 126,708 deaths recorded worldwide the coronavirus is a pandemic on a scale not seen since the Spanish Influenza of 1918. While the virus infects people from all walks of life, it is evident that the poor will be most affected due to long standing segregation by income and lack of access to basic needs.
Hajia Memuna is a 60 year old widow living in Mamobi, an underserved community in Accra. Growing up, Memuna was full of life and envisioned herself as a successful businesswoman earning enough to support her family and the vulnerable children in her community. Her envisioned trajectory took an unexpected turn when she was married off to a hardworking and loving man who took care of her until his untimely demise, leaving Hajia as a widow with three children to take care of.
UNITED WAY GHANA SHAPES THE FUTURE OF CHILDREN THROUGH SKILLS AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING
At the Wataniya Islamic Basic School in Kumasi-Aboabo, a group of pupils and parents converged for the first Leadership and Soft Skills summit in the Ashanti Region. Among the sixty pupils is first year junior high school pupil, Fauzia Abdul Hamid. Her dreams of becoming a leader who will bring positive change to her community received a boost after the summit.
“I will never give up in life, no matter how difficult the task or situation is. I will strive hard to overcome my struggles and avoid distractions in order to succeed and be great,’’ she said during the ‘experience share’ session after the leadership and soft skills training.
UNITED WAY GHANA SHAPING THE FUTURE OF PUPILS IN AKROPONG THROUGH THE NYANSAPO SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT
Francis Akuffo Yirenkyi, father of class six pupil , Joshua Kwapong, looked on with excitement and hope as his son, a beneficiary of the Nyansapo Scholarship Project, received educational materials and school supplies including school uniform, a backpack, pair of shoes, exercise books, pens and pencils among others.
“The scholarship will go a long way to benefit my son and over sixty other beneficiaries. The absence of these educational materials affects the performance and enthusiasm of these children. Now, they can attend classes throughout the week and become good assets to our community and country,” Mr. Yirenkyi said with renewed optimism.
JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL DONATES LITERACY KITS TO PUPILS IN GHANA
For a community to truly develop, quality education must be an area of focus to ensure that development is long-lasting and sustainable. That is why United Way Ghana’s flagship program Improving Basic Education aims at improving access to and delivery of quality education in underserved communities. John Deere Financial, a corporate institution with an interest in promoting childhood literacy, had their staff put together personalized literacy kits to be donated to United Way Ghana’s beneficiaries in underserved schools.
On 6 th November, United Way Ghana collaborated with John Deere Financial to engage the pupils of Darul Hidjra Islamic School in various literacy activities and donate 148 literacy kits to the school. Each kit contained a calculator, a memory game, an eraser and sharpener, pack of pencils, piggy bank, a pencil case, a note of encouragement and a storybook. The event was centered on the storybook, “A Chair for My Mother”, because of the themes of savings, service to community and family.
UNITED WAY GHANA LAUNCHES THE IMPROVING BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME IN KUMASI
United Way Ghana launched the Improving Basic Education (IBE) programme in Asokore Mampong Municipality at the Kumasi Academy Hall on Thursday, October 10 under the theme Unite for Education. The successful launch brought together over 350 pupils, teachers, volunteers, partners, parents, religious and community leaders for the expansion of the IBE programme to Kumasi.
The launch was graced by the Asokore Mampong Gyasehene , the Dagomba Chief in Sawaba- Asokore Mampong Municipality, the Assemblyman for Sawaba, United Way Ghana’s Governing Council President and Vice-President of Sustainability and External Relations, Newmont Goldcorp Africa, Ms. Adiki Ayitevie, representatives from our partnering organizations including Ghana Library Authority, Cummins Ghana, Ghana Education Service, the National Society of Black Engineers, representatives from beneficiary schools as well as parents and care-givers.
Darul Hidjra Islamic School Benefits from United Way Ghana’s Wash Project
Nationally, on average 22.9 percent of people in Ghana do not have access to any sanitation facility. The lack of toilet facilities in schools contributes to pupil and teacher absenteeism and poor academic performance of the pupils. This is why United Way Ghana under its Improving Basic Education program implemented the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project in one of its beneficiary schools in Ayawaso.
The 8-toilet facility constructed is a compact on-site organic waste treatment system that combines the benefits of the flush system and those of the composting toilets. It was officially opened to the pupils and teachers of Darul Hidjra Islamic School on June 24, 2019 at the school premises. This construction project was facilitated by United Way Ghana and funded and constructed by Clifton Homes, an international construction firm, with support from Biofilcom Limited.
UNITED WAY GHANA MOBILIZES VOLUNTEERS TO IMPROVE CHILDHOOD LITERACY FOR DAY OF CARING 2019
Lively debates, animated storytelling, reading sessions and scientific experiments took centre stage as over 250 volunteers from corporate organizations engaged pupils in basic schools to mark the 13th Day of Caring in Ghana on Thursday, June 27.
Organised globally by United Way each year, Day of Caring is a single day community service initiative that provides opportunities for volunteers, donors and advocates to engage in community service to make a real difference in people’s lives in underserved communities.
“In Ghana, this year’s theme was promoting childhood literacy through engaging literacy exchanges with students to improve the quality of education at the basic level. Our theme aligns with Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 17 which promotes inclusive quality education for all and lifelong learning and partnerships,” Naa Korkoi Larmie, Marketing and Communications Officer for United Way Ghana, said.
UNITED WAY GHANA BUILDS THE CAPACITY OF VOLUNTEERS IN PREPARATION OF LITERACY PROGRAM
The backbone of all the great work United Way Ghana has done can be attributed to the enormous support from corporate and individual volunteers. These volunteers serve United Way Ghana beneficiaries to ensure that impact is made and sustained in the areas of education, financial stability and health in underserved communities in Ghana.
United Way Ghana in the month of February 2019 trained 24 of its key volunteers on how to conduct successful baseline assessments, engage children in literacy activities and how to measure project impact purposely for the Nyansapo Literacy project to improve childhood literacy. The volunteers were also equipped with resources to support United Way Ghana’s numerous projects which include the girl empowerment, scholarship, adult literacy, community sensitization and literacy projects.
UNITED WAY GHANA COLLABORATES WITH GHANA LIBRARY AUTHORITY TO MARK WORLD BOOK DAY 2019
Literacy is integral to the development of Ghana. Through education, the issues of gender inequality, poverty, intolerance and social vices can be solved and youth are empowered to live healthy and productive lives.
In Ghana, childhood literacy has been an area of major concern. It is recorded that only 1.8% of Ghanaian school children in public schools at the lower primary can read and understand what they are reading.
UNITED WAY GHANA LAUNCHES NYANSAPO LITERACY PROJECT TO RAISE READERS & ENHANCE CHILDHOOD LITERACY
Building the reading and comprehension skills of children during their early years are essential to improving their literacy levels and life-long potential. Literacy in children is an area of concern, as USAID Early Grade Reading Assessment indicates that 89 in 100 Ghanaian children cannot read appreciably below the 3rd grade level. Also, 98% of children in primary 1 to 3 in Ghana cannot read or write at the most basic level.
In light of this, United Way Ghana has launched the Nyansapo Literacy Project on May 21, 2019 at the Ayebeng Memorial Primary in Accra under the theme Promoting Childhood Literacy, to improve the literacy levels and nurture the reading culture of pupils from primary one to six in underserved communities.
Equipping Parents to Manage Learning Disabilities in Children through the Nyansapo Scholarship Programme
When it comes to academic performance, almost every parent expects their child to hit the mark. In Ghanaian schools especially, children are rarely critically examined by their teachers or parents to find out if there are any special reasons why they fail. In order to help parents and teachers to actively understand the nuances of their ward’s academic performance, United Way Ghana in partnership with the Special Attention Project focused the 13th Nyansapo Scholarship Programme on creating awareness and engaging stakeholders on learning disabilities in Akropong on Friday, November 9.
Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, analyze and store information. According to the literacy development...
‘GIRLS CLOSET’ LAUNCHED TO PROMOTE MENSTRUAL HEALTH & ASSIST GIRLS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL
Menstrual health conversations are usually not a topic of prime discussion in most part of Ghana. The implicit stigma and overall culture of silence around menstruation have made many young girls victims to misconceptions, limited information and unhealthy practices. For many girls in deprived communities, their menstrual cycle forces them to miss classes frequently and eventually leads to them dropping out of school altogether.
In order to tackle this pervasive problem, United Way Ghana launched ‘Girls Closet’ on International Day of the Girl Child on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Each year on October 11, the world marks International Day of the Girl, declared by the UN in 2011, for all non-profits to highlight, discuss and take concrete action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere to reach their full potential.
UNITED WAY GHANA IMPACTS STUDENTS ON INT'L LITERACY DAY THROUGH LITERACY DEVELOPMENT & SKILLS TRAINING
Literacy and skills are key powers for sustainable growth and development. Without them, an individual’s growth and opportunities are limited. On a national scale, low levels of literacy prolongs poverty, inequality and even constrains the growth of economies. In a world of rapidly emerging technology, individuals, especially students, must nurture their skills in order to take advantage of the evolving world of work.
To mark International Literacy Day on Saturday, September 8, on the theme ‘Literacy & Skills Development,’ United Way Ghana organized the Back to School & Literacy Fair to engage students in literacy activities and digital training to develop their capabilities and nurture their skills.
UNITED WAY GHANA SET TO MARK WORLD LITERACY DAY WITH LITERACY AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Accra, Ghana - September 4, 2018 - United Way Ghana is set to earmark this year’s World Literacy Day with a Back to School and Literacy Fair. Under the global theme ‘Literacy & Skills Development’, United Way Ghana and its partners will engage children, parents and teachers from Ayawaso East at the Kawukudi Park, Nima on Saturday, September 8.
This event builds on United Way Ghana’s overarching Improving Basic Education (IBE) programme, which engages hundreds of pupils in the lower and upper basic levels in key educational initiatives including literacy activities and scholarships.
DAY OF CARING 2018 RALLIES CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS TO UNITE FOR EDUCATION
In a combined class of junior high school students at the Unity J.H.S in Kotobabi, Elijah Gbologah listens with full attention as staff from Stanbic Bank share their teenage experiences and counsel students on life skills including personal development, time management, drug abuse and developing a culture of savings.
“I am happy for the fruitful advice from the volunteers today. They talked about issues some of us were facing like peer pressure and drug abuse,” said Elijah, a JHS 2 student, after the programme. “With this new knowledge, I will stop being disobedient and listen more to teachers in order to make it in life.”
REFLECTING ON NELSON MANDELA DAY & THE POWER OF EDUCATION
On 18 July each year — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN urges individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in their communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. Mandela Day is therefore an annual reminder to take action and inspire change to the service of humanity, in honour of one of Africa’s greatest leaders.
This positive call to action resonates with one of the founding ethos of United Way Ghana - a dedication to improving lives and strengthening communities where we live.
EQUIPPING THE NEXT GENERATION WITH DIGITAL SKILLS IN GHANA
On an upper floor of the Stanbic Heights building in Accra on a Saturday morning, sixteen young students follow the instructions of the virtual tutor in a digital training webinar. From basic coding language to the use of Java and HTML, the lower and upper basic school students between nine and seventeen years old are being trained to enhance their IT capabilities in order to take advantage of the opportunities in today’s digital world.
“This digital class has helped me to learn more about computer coding using HTML and CSS,” said Uma Abdul Sala, a beneficiary of the digital training programme developed by IBM Ghana. Uma and five other female students were selected to be part of the training during the World Literacy Day digital skills seminar given by United Way Ghana for schools in Ayawaso East in September last year.
ADVANCING DIGITAL LITERACY FOR YOUTH IN GHANA
Technology is increasingly becoming a driver of learning and growth in school systems around the world. And yet, for many young people in Africa, access to the technology training they need to obtain a higher education and quality job is hard to come by. United Way Ghana is changing the educational landscape by fighting to increase the digital literacy level of youth in their community.
On September 7, United Way held a training seminar in Nima for more than 300 students from lower- and upper-basic schools in the Ayawaso East district. The seminar taught students practical skills they can use in school and the workforce—from how to find information online using search engines to using computer applications for learning. It’s a step forward for many students.