Wise and Solace Foundation

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Wise and Solace Foundation: After Class Hours for rural public Schools

Ashaiman, GhanaDZODZE KETU NORTH, Ghana
Year Founded:
2011
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The after class hours program is pilot program at four public school that will serve pupil in class 4, 5 and 6, whose parents income is low and encompass a broad range focus areas including academic support , arts and sports.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

The activities in which children and youth engage while outside of school hours are critical to their development and affect their academic perf
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

According to the BECE analysis posted on facebook in November, 10 public schools in the Ketu North obtained zero percent 0% in the 2013 BECE results which means that none of the kids in these schools could further education to Senior high school. Positive opportunities and measures are needed to enhance their learning and keep them on track. Also majority of these pupils could not read or write in the rural communities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Afife traditional area in the ketu north district of the Volta region with significantly lower than average incidence of low academic performance for its children in the BECE, lack extra tuition and coaching after class hours. W.S.F saw the potential benefits of a quality after-class program for pupil in rural public schools. To provide excellent academic performance among the public school in rural areas, Wise and Solace Foundation developed a program patterned after the Right to Play Int’l which was built to promote sports as the students learn.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Teaching low performing school children in rural areas to improve their BECE grades is the core aim of the ‘After Class Hours ‘program. The four major components of the program are: • Homework assistance Thirty minutes each day is reserved for homework. Volunteers from the surrounding community work personally with students on their current assignments. The program coordinator maintains communication with students’ schools and ensures volunteers address students’ personal needs • Extra Tuition in Mathematics, English, Science and Information Technology. The curriculum targets beginners. However, small class sizes allow opportunities for one-on-one instruction that addresses students’ individual proficiencies.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The program serves children and youth from class four to six in public schools whose parent’s income is very low and are mainly subsistence farmers in rural deprived villages of the Afife Traditional areas. All students (100%) will attend and participate in weekly classes. • The self-assessments of all students (100%) will report that their performance to discover and demonstrate their abilities to sit for the BECE. • Instructor evaluations will report that at least 75% of students’ final projects. demonstrated improved artistic skills and creative abilities. • Understand lifestyles that promote health and emotional wellness. • Have more confidence and ability to focus. • Have more receptivity to instruction and guidance.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The activities in which children and youth engage while outside of school hours are critical to their development and affect their academic performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) highlighting the need for quality after class program in all communities. High quality after class programs generate positive outcomes for youth including improved academic performance, classroom behavior and health and nutrition. The program will be run in partnership between the district education supervisors, community members and volunteers and which will later be spread in the nation
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

To serve eligible pupil, virtually all of whom are unable to pay for services, W.S.F has developed a fund raising plan which includes initiating an annual fund drive targeted to Individuals, funding requests to area civic clubs and organizations; and corporate and foundation grants.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

We are are the only local ngo addressing this issue in our district and our project is different even if there is some because we have qualified staff and the monitoring team who are in the community to take care of it.
Team

Founding Story

Mr. Agoha, a young enthusiastic man, has passion and proved beyond any reasonable doubt, his readiness, to serve humanity and change the youth and children in rural communities; including my Electoral Area and beyond. I am doithis with reason that the youth and children in rural communities possess wonderful talents and skills like any of their colleagues in the urban areas but due to lack of opportunities and exposures, they “perish” with these skills and talent where the deprived rural communities still remain without a change. With the unceasing desire, he founded the Wise and Solace Foundation in 2011 with mission to develop and implement assistance initiatives for youth and children in rural communities.

Team

BOARD OF DIRCTORS Mr. Wisdom Sena Agoha Executive Director/Founder Mr. Kataka Frank (Chairperson) Mrs. Abla Djirackor Fortune (Vice) Mr. Marthin Agbemenya (Treasurer) Mr. Bedrah Jasper (Clerk) Mr. Isaac Ablodepey (Member) Mr. Zanu Ebenezer (Member
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