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Isaac Dery's Report

A REPORT PRESENTED BY A VOLUNTEER TEACHER OF TUOPARE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
NAME OF VOLUNTEER: DERY ISAAC
NAME AREA POSTED TO:  TUOPARE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

INTRODUCTION
Education, though an essential element for humans, some people are denied of this golden opportunity in some deprived communities in Ghana generally and the northern sector of Ghana in particular.

This issue is seen as a prioritized one for African Centre For Peace Building (AFCOFB) in its quest to make deprived children realize their full potentials.

As an activist for equal education for all children, I engaged in teaching at the Tuopare Junior High School along side spreading the gospel of peace to inhabitants of the community in question.

I went to Tuopare Junior High School on 3rd July and ended on 29th July, 2010.

ABOUT THE STATION:
Tuopare is a well carved village located in the Upper West Region of Ghana, a suburb of Lawra District.

Tuopare Junior High School is branded as one of the best and have a high students (pupils) attendance but unfortunately, blessed with only a trained head teacher and other non trained helping staff.

The name Tuopare defiles possible meanings that might be running through most people minds and in particular its environment.  This is a farming dominated community where multiplicity of crops are grown.  The culture and religion of Tuopare is not different from those found in other parts of the country.

This is a community that loves to host visitors and their social relation knows no bound to strangers.

ACTIVITIES:
I taught mathematics aside farming and other social activities.

OBSERVATION:
With keen observation, I have realized some factors that under pinned AFCOPB undertaking this noble initiative.  As a participant observer during the period, it has afforded me the opportunity and in depth sight of the general hospitality of the community, staff as well as the students.

FINANCIAL REPORT:
Financial expenses are  inevitable in human society hence my stay there (Tuopare) is without no financial expenses. Repair, maintenance and fueling of bike used during the period is among the many expenses.

CHALLENGES:

  1. Farming activities sometimes hinder smooth classes.
  2. Inadequate teaching and learning materials impede staff effective and efficient teaching.
  3. Self-funding during the period.
  4. Problem of monitoring by AFCOPB.

RECOMMENDATION:

  1. Motivational packages should be given to volunteers to energie them give off their best.
  2. Broaden the network of volunteering services to other universities.
  3. Deploy more monitoring staff to various destinations.

CONCLUSION:
It is my vivid belief that if this program is continued, rural and deprived communities in Ghana will live up to their privileged counterparts.  Thanks to AFCOPB for that laudable initiative

 
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