Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.
The idea explains the role mentoring and motivation play when fused into the learning of verifiable information obtained through observing, experiencing, reading or listening and the use of facts, concepts and principles in the thinking process which provide an avenue for students to engage in such operations as critical, analytical and creative thinking. The focus is on helping students better understand their world, equip them with the appropriate resources so they become responsible individuals with effective problem solving skills. In this regard, elementary schools employ the services of its alumni, affiliates, elders of the community, motivational speakers, pastors etc. in the mentoring as well as the motivational process.
What makes your idea unique?
Through critical comparisons with already existing forms of learning, the uniqueness of this idea lies in its ability to provide face to face interactions with experts from all walks of life and serve as a source of inspiration to students. These people are professionals like accountants, doctors, nurses, lawyers, architects etc. who may or may not be alumni of these senior high schools.
Secondly is the injection of a renewed sense of life into the teaching and learning process. It must be emphasized that, these professionals do not in any way constitute the regular staff of the elementary schools. As a result, students do not experience the normal boredom associated with the current system of encountering regular faces of their teachers. These professionals are introduced to the students by people they can trust i.e. their teachers. Not only does this build up more discipline, it instills a sense of thoughtfulness among the students.
Unlike motivational seminars organized separately from the regular school curricular, this idea is fused into the curricular and taught as one of those lessons learnt at school. This idea also provides an avenue for the alumni to contribute their quota towards the total development of students who will one day want to be like them.
What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)
Children & Youth
, Youth development
, Youth leadership
What impact have you had?
Students are now more empowered to navigate freely through a defined path way of success. There is a build up of students’ mental strength. This is because students now understand why and how things are the way they are and have come face to face with reality. The students are equipped with deep principles that will enable them to for example; establish the basis for judging between right and wrong, establishing personal core values and the importance to be derived by living along side ones identified core values, taught how to be precise cognitively so they do not settle for the lazy way out of a simple situation.
This idea gives birth to an aspect of career guidance and counseling. When fully implemented, this idea has the power of relegating to the background the problem of what one will to do in the future, who to turn to in times when clouds are thin etc. that students face. Students are now more informed in their career choices and paths. This is because they are not peer pressured into what to do. For instance, ‘I want to be a doctor because my friend also wants to be one’.
Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.
This idea addresses the problem of mentoring that is non-existent in our educational system. Students now enjoy the countless number of benefits that mentoring comes along with. Rather than paying to access such motivational and educationally driven seminars occasionally, students now have this at their door steps at a free lunch cost.
Normal boredom associated with the current systems is being addressed. Exposure of students to different calibre of professionals reduces the likely effects of familiarity between students and teachers as ‘familiarity breeds contempt’. Another area this project focuses on is bridging the gap that exists between professionals and senior high school students in Ghana. Of all the numerous benefits that this new relationship brings, the student confidence to know where the road leads is rekindled.
Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.
The organization is currently inviting professional volunteers to teach topics in their area of interest. These professionals are mostly alumni or affiliates of selected senior high schools as this has been proven to create the needed impact. This is gradually gaining ground because of the constant touch we have with heads of most alumni associations.
There is also in progress a facility that seeks to allow students learn through the power of observation. By this, students will have the benefit of observing these experts as they work on the job at their respective places of work and also ask relevant questions all in the bid to enhancing students’ clearer understanding of issues. Learning by simulation is another step the organization is encouraging to make the project successful. Students are made to imitate for example a court room situation as an aspect of learning.