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Leadership of Gambaga PFN
MAHAMI L. LYDIA, Preseident

 
 
 

 

 

A REPORT PRESENTED BY NURUDEEN ALIU MOHAMMED, A VOLUNTEER TEACHER AT ROYAL ACADEMY
NAME OF VOLUNTEER: NURUDEEN ALIU MOHAMMED
NAME AREA POSTED TO:  GAMBAGA GIRLS SENIOR HIGH, NORTHERN REGION

INTRODUCTION
Based on the introductory letter issued me on May 28th, 2010, I reported to Gambaga Girls Senior High on Tuesday June 1 2010 as a volunteer to assist in English Language till the school vacates.

ABOUT GAMBAGA
Gambaga is said to be among the oldest town in the northern region. It served as the capital of the northern territory colonial regime.
However, Gambaga has been without a senior high school until in the 2007/2008 academic year when its has its first senior high school. Gambaga Girls Senior High School  is currently three years old.

LOCATION
Gambaga is the capital of the East Mamprusi District of Northern Ghana. It  about 167 miles away from  the Regional capital Tamale. It shares boundary with the Gambaga escarpment to the North, Naa-Nori to the south, Bunkpurugu/ Yunyoo district and the West Mamprusi district to the East and West respectively.

CULTURE
Gambaga, like most communities in the Northern Region uses smock as a traditional wear, T.Z as a stapled food, and fire festival as their annual festival called Bugum. However, modernity has seriously influence their culture.

RELIGION
The practice religions in the community are Islam, Christianity and the African Traditional Religion. However, Muslims are the majority, followed by Christians and Traditionalists are the minor group.

DEMOGRAPHY
Gambaga has a population of about eight thousand people. The major ethnic groups are Mamprusis, Hausas, Frafras, and Bimobas. Other minor groups who are mainly workers (settlers) include the Ewes, the Kussasis, and the Akans among others.

SOCIAL LIFE
Gambaga is made of different group of people with different life style, the common attitude are hospitality, kindness, etc.

ACTIVITIES AS A VOLUNTEER
Apart from teaching, I also served as an invigilator during the end of term examination.
I also served as a Founder to the Peace Fellowship Network-Gambaga Chapter to see to the smooth running of the Network. The Network has 174 registered members. As a Founder, I launched the Network on August 4, 2010-where personalities were invited to deliver a speach on Health and comflicts. I also held series of meetings with the students and some members of staff. See pictures below.

OBSERVATION
With AFCOPB, I described my observation as interesting challenges. This is because for the whole of my service as a volunteer, I worked without any financial support from any source and yet I have to spend on Peace Fellowship Network-Gambaga in all activities. However, what makes me comfortable is the budgetary allocation for Rural Peace Project which makes me feel that it shall be well soon.
On the field as a volunteer, I realized that the students are willing to learn and the community is peace loving.
The PFN members are also willing to work towards peace building in Northern Ghana.

FINANCIAL REPORT
From June 1 to July 4th, 2010, I often travel from Kpatiri-Tinga a community about nine miles away from Gambaga was I am volunteering. In all, I have spent approximately sixty Ghana cedi on traveling only.

During the launching of the club, I took about five pictures at the cost of two cedi (GH¢2.00) per picture. Also, I took the elected executives pass port pictures at the cost of two cedi per picture

Other areas of expenditure is the scanning of the pictures and mailing. Below is the table showing the expenditure:

ACTIVITY

PRICE PER UNIT

GRAND PRICE

* TRAVELINGS
(1) PASS PORT  PICTURES
(2) PICTURES
(3) PRINTNGS
(4)  SCANNING
(5) VIDEO

Total

2.00
2.00
1.00
1.00
5.00

64.00
10.00
6.00
4.00
5.00
5.00

94.00


 

 

 

 

CHALLENGES
With AFCOPB, my biggest challenge is lack of effective communication.
On the field as a volunteer, accommodation is one of the biggest challenges I faced since the school could not accommodate me. I have to travel for about 167 miles to get access to the internet for the PFN guide and other vital information from AFCOPB.

RECOMMENDATION
I think AFCOPB should make a provision for volunteers’ accommodation since most schools have no accommodation for their own staff.
Allowances should be paid to volunteers monthly to enable them live a comfortable life.
Volunteers should be communicated to update them on all necessary information since access to the internet is not in most communities.
 
 CONCLUSION
African Center for Peace Building, bringing total peace one by one should not be a theory, but all necessary actions should be taken.

 
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