Fellow Takes Childrens Literacy
a Lot has officially gone international! As you know, I have traveled
to Ghana, where I am currently writing this letter, and presented
our childrens literacy program in place that has much need
for this exact thing.
First, let me describe the conditions in my location
of Adenta, Accra, Ghana. The orphanage and academy, Peace and Love,
where I am working is located on a dirt road and has very poor conditions
in comparison to the average United States education facility. Despite
this, the conditions are far from being poor, or grand, by Ghanaian
standards. Most days, running water is available here, and most
of the classrooms in the school even have desks.
As far as the actual education of the children is
concerned, I have discovered that the art of learning vastly differs
from that of the United States. With reading, the children are taught
to memorize what a word looks like as opposed to being able to actually
comprehend the word. Though English is the national language, few
can read and write it with fluency.
That being said, while presenting Lead a Lot during
my stay here, I have altered the program to meet the needs of the
community. I introduced the idea of a follow-up procedure,
in which I asked the children to read books to me, after I presented
the actual program as done in West Virginia. I cannot count the
hours that I have spent providing each child with the necessary
individual attention, teaching them how to sound out words and the
meaning of words as simple as, honey and store.
This has been a long and vigorous process, and has above all else,
proven to be successful. With time, the children have been adapting
to these methods of learning, as opposed to guessing at basic words.
Though most still struggle, the seed has been planted and I feel
confident that they will continue long after my departure!
on behalf of Peace and Love Orphanage and Academy and myself, I
cannot thank each of you enough for all of the books and supplies
that were donated through Lead a Lot! This could not have been done
without your help. Now, perhaps for the first time, each child in
this orphanage possesses his/her own book and has learned about
our five vital characteristics for becoming successful and a leader.
Each child has learned the lesson of PRIDE, in addition to acquiring
new literacy skills. I am very proud and privileged to be a part
of this. Thank you for making it possible! Enclosed is a letter
written by four of the girls that participated in this learning
process, along with their picture, on behalf of Peace and Love.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
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