The Essence of Mentoring and Motivation as an aspect of Teaching and Learning in the Ghanaian Classroom.

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The Essence of Mentoring and Motivation as an aspect of Teaching and Learning in the Ghanaian Classroom.

Ghana
Project Summary
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About You
Location
Project Street Address

No. 5 Top Breeze Street

Project City

Greater Accra

Project Province/State

Greater Accra Region

Project Postal/Zip Code

+23321

Project Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on:

My work places emphasis on Ghana, a country in the west of Africa.

Website URL

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$100

Innovation
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 , Education , Mentorship , Youth development , Youth leadership , Volunteerism .

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.

Impact
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

Within the first year of continuous implementation, our organization intends to roll out a programme that will ensure that these professionals visit the selected elementary schools. The focus of this will be to basically orientate students towards the whole process of mentoring and motivation. These professionals will be well motivated so that their level of commitment will be high.

Success in Year 2:

Naturally people are first influenced by what they see. For most students, if they perceive that an expert is positive and trustworthy and possess qualities that are admirable, then they will see them as an influencer in their lives. All things being equal, students will be made to learn through observation courtesy the professionals, students will have the opportunity to learn from what the career experts do at their various work environments. Success at this level partly depends on the response we will get from management of corporate bodies where our professionals work.

Success in Year 3:

Within the last year, students will draw inspiration from what they have learnt in the first and second years. It is expected that student participants employ experience gained and knowledge acquired in a practical demonstration. For instance, students will imitate a banking scene made up of tellers, cashiers, customer relations, account opening clerks or a marketing and sales department of an organization. This will be done on group by group basis.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Yes we do

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

Identifying and equipping the human resource base of experts with necessary tools. These experts are first taken on as volunteers. They will be briefed in terms of what is expected of them as far as their engagements are concerned. Once these professionals are certified by our organization and that they have the requisite level of commitment they will be recruited into the team to perform part time roles. This step is vital as it forms the basis of our programme.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

Acquisition of other teaching- learning aids that is different from already existing ones in the schools. This will include but not limited to projectors, laptop, computers, video cameras etc. Our outfit will be seeking to acquire a 33 seater bus that will commute students and professionals alike.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

Effective implementation of actions one and two will require the use of capital or financial resources. This we plan to obtain through embarking on sponsorship drives and other donations.

Describe the expected results of these actions.

The availability of the needed human resources who are highly motivated is at the core of ensuring the success of the entire project. The fact cannot be gainsaid that this project cannot see effective implementation if the most critical resources which are the experts, are not available.

The teaching and learning aids will help facilitate the work to be carried out by the experts who will be engaged as resource persons. They will also enhance the understanding of students in addition to making the teaching–learning process more captivating. This is because most of these materials are not available to teachers and students during the normal course of events in the school.

The financial resources mainly cash will help in the payment of allowances to resource persons and also cater for administrative expenses. It will as well take care of the transportation needs of both students and resource persons.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

The defining moment dates as far back as my school days. I was the financial secretary of the Foundation for Future Leaders International, a youth oriented, capacity building organization. Our meeting days were those days that kept the University alive. On our meeting days, University students gathered to access motivational seminars from seasoned speakers who hail from the length and breadth of Ghana. One day as I sat back to reminisce, I asked myself why our programmes were very well attended even though they were not for free. Then it donned on me that, the content of our motivational seminars were those that were not taught as lessons in the lecture theatres. Again, I identified the upsurge of students craving for information that linked them to real life situations. So in my final year at school, and as part of my external assessment, I was made to teach two form 2 classes of a senior high school in Koforidua, a town of the Eastern Region. Whilst there, I decided to merge an aspect of mentoring and motivation with the normal teaching and learning to these two classes and guess what. The renewed sense of understanding that emerged from the students and the vibrancy of thought that embraced my enthusiasm was overwhelmingly great. Since then, I realized that this idea has the power to change the lives of many a nation hence my quest to share this inspiration to all and well wishers to make my dream a reality.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Naturally I extremely dislike watching a bad situation get worse or uncontrollable. The lack of mentoring in our educational system is simply something that I just cannot fathom considering the invaluable benefits mentoring brings, and the earlier steps are taken to remedy the situation, the better for students and the society as a whole. Instead of addressing the problem, we seem to blame the well for being too deep, when it is actually our rope that is too short. Most of my peers, who were also part of our graduating class still had problems of not knowing what to do with their lives right after University. Many were those who were ready to settle for just anything that nature presented them. No wonder why every one wants to look for employment rather than creating their unique avenues for growth and sustenance. One thing that will take a long time to change in our lives is for governments to turn our lives to suit the way we want them to, at least not in this part of our world. Hence the call for us to adopt the “Do It Yourself” mentality. I see this ill as a challenge to humanity in this generation of ours that needs serious attention and more hands on deck to work on.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

I first heard about change makers through the internet but I read about this competition in Ghana’s most widely circulated news paper “The Daily Graphic.”

Sustainability
What would prevent your project from being a success?

As it stands, the odds are in our favor to make this plan come to fruition considering the burning passion we have and level of investment we put in to make this idea see the light of day. However in real life to ensure that the right results are achieved require more than passion and the level of commitment, especially if one is not working alone. The afore mentioned are qualities that ensure success and have no monetary value, and they are inherent in just a few who want to invent the wheel. This idea require more professional experts to ensure its accomplishment and their absence will serve as a deterrent to the implementation of this whole idea. Good incentive packages given them will boost their morale and ensure that they remain dedicated to this concept to the end. Absence of the right kind of teaching learning aids and other material resources will make this concept loose the needed sense of urgency we attach to it. As human as we are, we have no power of our own, we therefore rely on God who created all things we work with, to grant us our hearts desire in our bid to transform the lives of people He created.

Financing source

No

If yes, provide organization name.

Not Applicable

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

Not Applicable

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

We have an advisory board

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

No

The Story
Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Not Applicable

How many people will your project serve annually?

100-1000 people annually

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

Ten employees and seven volunteers

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.