I plan to go to the Bishop Forson School in Ghana to teach English and to document, in photos and writing, the lives of students there.
For two weeks in the summer of 2010, I plan to go to the Volta Region of Ghana to teach at the Bishop Forson School, a rural community school of about 250 students. Students at the school learn a basic curriculum focusing on English, French, math, and science, but they are in desperate need of creative lessons that will help bridge the gap between what they see in their books and the challenges they encounter in their lives.
I plan to work with a small group of American volunteers to bring English, math, and science lessons to life through creative lesson planning and hands-on activities. My focus will be on English classes for upper grades; lesson ideas I'm working on include helping students create a school newsletter and guiding them in writing autobiographies.
When I return, I will create a visual representation of my experience at the Bishop Forson School. I'll put together photos -- taken by me, by other volunteers, and by the students -- with my journal entries and, to whatever extent possible, students' writing about their lives. It will be an insider and outsider representation of life at this school and in this community.
The program making this all possible is Pagus:Africa, a small non-profit that has built a relationship with the Bishop Forson School over the past several years. I'll join a small group of committed volunteers, mostly teachers and artists, who are eager to make a difference in the lives of these students.
Most of the money I raise will go directly towards getting me there to work with these students; since Pagus:Africa is a non-profit, the program cost covers travel from Accra to the school, meals, and lodging -- nothing else. If I raise more than my goal, the rest of the money will be used for putting together my book when I return.
Don't think of this as supporting me; think of it as helping to make a difference in the lives of students in this rural community in Ghana. Your contribution will help give students two weeks of learning experiences they will never forget.
For more information on Pagus:Africa, visit http://pagusafrica.org.
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