We are staff, students and teachers at a village middle school in Ghana in West Africa. Ask us anything.
My name is Taylor Chustz, I'm a volunteer with a US based NGO called Exponential Education and I'm here with some students and tutors from Antoa middle school in Ghana.
According to the 2011 Ghanaian National Education Assessment, only 16% of grade six students are proficient in math and only 35% are proficient in English. As well, many students who attend SHS struggle to pay for school fees. If students can not afford school they are forced to drop out and start a job to try and go back to school at a later time. Expo’s after school Peer-to-Peer tutoring program matches outstanding SHS students with struggling JHS students to provide free tutoring in math and English. Over the course of a term, the JHS students improve on average over 100% in math and 80% in English.
Five high-achieving senior high school (SHS) students are each matched with five struggling junior high school (JHS) students. Through activity-based learning, small group activities, in-the-moment feedback and extra opportunities for practice and review, JHS students reinforce their math and English foundations each week. The SHS tutors develop leadership skills, confidence in their mentorship capabilities and receive a stipend that helps offset the cost of their education. As well, at the end of the program, one SHS student is selected to receive a scholarship that can pay almost a year of school fees.
At Antoa JHS we run one of our peer-to-peer tutoring programs. The tutors come from Antoa SHS and the students come from Antoa JHS. They meet two times a week to learn in a fun atmosphere. Since the students are all local to Kumasi (the major town near our village) and near the same age, the middle school students are taught in the local language and their tutor is like an older sister or brother rather than a teacher.
The school serves a community of about 1500 people and most people in this village make their living as farmers.
If you'd like to help our organization out, please donate to our fundraising campaign. Any amount helps. All money goes towards our scholarship and stipend program to help SHS students stay in school. You can donate here: https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/exponential-education-help-us-reach-new-students--2
We are hoping to expand our program to more schools in the Ashanti Region of Ghana so we can help more JHS and SHS students stay in school (with scholarships and stipends to SHS students) and pass their classes and understand their courses (tutoring JHS students).
I'm here with our Program Associate, Charles Amponsha, who runs the tutoring program at Antoa JHS; SHS tutors Emmanuel and Sharifa; and JHS students Joseph and Georgina.
Ask us Anything!
Link to website: http://www.exponentialeducationprogram.org/
What is P2P?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czdlyur-ZdE
Link to a photo of us now: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5CO_R1CFj0PT1k5c0FIa2EzVW8/view?usp=sharing
**Note: the paper says "Hi! We are from Expo's Peer-to-Peer Program at Antoa JHS. Ask us anything!"
My camera is poor quality sometimes.
EDIT: Here is an updated picture with me and the students and my username. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5CO_R1CFj0PX0NnN09ua2NPQVE/view?usp=sharing
EDIT: Thank you for all the responses and support!I have sent the students home to go eat and help their families. Charles and I will answer questions maybe for another 30 minutes then I will take a break. My fingers hurt from replying! Thank you again!!!
Edit @17:29 GMT- Saturday: Thank you everyone for your questions and support. We have all enjoyed the questions, especially Charles and I. I am taking a break to actually make food and hopefully chat with some friends in Antoa. I will try to get back online later and answer more questions. Again, if you feel like donating please go to our donation page here: ttps://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/exponential-education-help-us-reach-new-students--2 Thank you again for your support!
Edit @ 9:34 GMT- Sunday Wow, thank you everyone for your comments and support. We have raised enough to expand out to 4 more programs in September. Thank you! Over the next few days I will to try to respond to questions myself The kids are all home, so I won't respond for them. If you like, PM as well with any questions. Again, that you all for your support and help. I know the kids have been excited to participate and get to know reddit!