World Joy’s Quality of Education Initiative began in 2010 and focuses on strengthening classroom teacher preparation, and cooperative and interactive learning—a revolutionary model for Ghana. In collaboration with another Utah-based NGO (non-governmental organization) Inside Out Learning made it possible to conduct week-long training workshops to begin this effort. Educators from the United States, Kenya, and Uganda provided the initial curriculum and training of local native trainers. The three-member IOL Training team of trainers has since trained over 1000 Primary and Jr. Secondary teachers.
And, let’s just say that these local trainers are fervent about their work! Passionate cheers and spirited singing accompany these training sessions and World Joy’s reputation for quality instruction is spreading. Some teachers, having heard about this success, are coming from Accra, some 90 miles away, to be trained in our villages.
Recognizing a real need, local Utah-teachers, Stephanie Marchant Feller, Heather Leeflang, and Jessica Dunn, labored over a new curriculum in early 2011 for Kindergarten teachers. This Early Literacy Training curriculum was presented to local trainers during intense week-long sessions in the summer of 2011. Subsequently, these native trainers taught over 100 KG teachers in a matter of weeks.
We are pleased to report that a World Joy school has taken top honors in secondary testing since 2007. The Basic Education Certificate Examination is an exam that must be taken and passed in order for a student to be accepted into senior secondary school. In recent months, the headmaster of Sankubenase Jr. High reports that test scores have risen from a dismal 2% passing to 45.5 % passing.
A Quality Education most certainly offers the promise of a better tomorrow to the children, and young adults, of our villages.
In January 2010 an initial lauch of the Family Health Care Initiative was carried out. With the completion of the Asunafo Health Clinic in June 2011, World Joy has successfully implemented Phase 1--the first of a coordinated three-phased program to be implemented over several years in three of the six sub-districts.
Health services for the Abomosu subdistrict are now available for the population of 25,000 through three service outlets, (1) the Abomosu Health Centre (2) the Asunafo Health Clinic, and (3) the Akokom Health Clinic.
The Abomosu Health Centre is the major health service unit in the sub district and has a sizeable facility and numerous staff, including outreach nurses who, with the Health Clinics, serve fourteen (14) smaller outlying villages.
Beginning in May 2012, World Joy launched the World Joy Health Education Initiative, in conjunction with a comprehensive NEW Health Education Manual.
BYU Nursing faculty and students took an initial 20 copies of the manual in May to begin training health care workers and volunteers in Malaria prevention--one of many topics written in collaboration with local Atiwa District Health authorities: the Honorable Tei Djangmah (District Health Director) and Mrs. Charlotte Amponsah (District Public Health Matron).
The objective of the initiative is to provide training to public health workers and selected volunteers on such health topics as Dehydration, Diarrhea, Typhoid Fever, Malaria, Respiratory Infections, Schistosomiasis, Skin Infections, and Tuberculosis. These individuals will then lead in-home and small village-group seminars to increase understanding of preventative and basic health care practices that will ultimately lower the number of preventable illnesses and deaths.
It is expected that the training within the Abomosu sub-district will be completed in the next 12 months and that further trainings in the Kwabeng sub-district will begin in the fall of 2013. We anticipate that we will train roughly 500 health care workers with this new Health Education Initiative. Armed with crucial information and training, these workers will then begin training the estimated population of 125,000 residents of the Atiwa District.
We offer our profound gratitude to the following professionals and organizations: Ike Ferguson, World Joy Board Chair, Freedom From Hunger, Joseph Quaye, and Dr. Todd and Michelle Fife for their gracious efforts in helping to compile the volume.