Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
Clark University LEEP Fellowship
St. Andrews University Idea Competition
Tell us about your partnerships
Ga Central Education Office of Ghana Education Service- This Office serves the Ga central district, a suburb of Accra, Ghana and is responsible for the , supervision and monitoring of public schools in that district. We chose to partner with them because:
1. They provide a gateway for us to begin implementing the curriculum in schools in that community in a proper and law abiding way. We obtained the permission needed to work with all the schools in that district.
2. Since they are in charge of the education for that particular district we are provided with an insiders perspective that sheds light on the real educational issues. This allows us to further understand the educational scene from a grass root approach as opposed to an outsider's perspective.
3. We are able to ensure our curriculum is really a supplement to their current educational curriculum, filling in the gaps and adding extra benefits to what already exists.
We have created and are continuing to create a Butterfly Effect network. These are people or organizations whose values resonate with those of our organization. And thus volunteer to give talks, offer mentorship to our students or teach a workshop. Some of our partners in this network are Accra theatre workshop and Adesua y3
We also partner with Emerge leadership in Ghana who sponsor some of our students for their frequent leadership camps.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
A major challenge is the careful supervision of students as they implement their initiatives. My partner and I both study abroad and go to Ghana as frequently as we can to make sure thing s are running as they should. However lack of supervision may mean that students initiatives are not implemented as best as possible. To overcome this, we have employed a field coordinator who ensures that students are adhering to the accountability measures that we have also set in place. She also carries out an evaluation at the end of the semester of each initiative. We have also sought to use the teachers of each school as coaches or supervisors of individual groups of students but they are limited in their commitment. So we are currently in the process if recruiting one team for now who will go round each of our user schools weekly when the students are working on their initiatives to make sure that they are maximising the opportunity.
Based on our research, the government are unlikely to pay for this extra curriculum regardless of how beneficial it is. However it costs money to carry it out in each school and with plans to recruit a team, these costs are going to increase. Currently we are donor funded but this is not necessarily a sustainable source of income. Once we are more confident with our curriculum, we intend to sell it to private schools who can afford it. We are adopting a one for one pricing strategy whereby buying it for your school will enable it to be carried out in a private school near you.
How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?
This idea gives students the opportunity to explore talents and interests which could lead to a fulfilling career in non-conventional fields which are usually discouraged in our culture.eg.Art
Our hands on approach in addition to the skills and experiences we provide our students allows them not just to compete in the job market with those who are more well off and better connected, but also allows them to stand out.
The whole structure of the curriculum allows for intense self discovery and self development. This in addition to the success they will have in transforming their communities will give them the confidence, mindset and drive they will need to create their own realities.
Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution
Education - Extracurricular, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community.
Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market