This summer, Project Creo returned to West Africa to work with Teach for Ghana, supporting their mission to end educational inequalities and create future leaders in the country. Teach for Ghana recruits college graduates from top universities who commit to two years of teaching in the rural districts of the country, while working towards a more equitable education system in Ghana. The teachers (called fellows) receive training through an intensive summer program to prepare for their work in the classrooms.
The experiential workshops led by Project Creo's team included such topics as fundamental teaching practices, how to support creativity in students and utilize the arts in the classroom, how to create safe spaces for students who are trauma survivors, and how to foster positive classroom environments that support such ideals as compassion, resiliency, and mindfulness.
The opportunity to support Teach for Ghana is a unique opportunity to influence how new educators think about children, their relationships to them as teachers and mentors, and how to create learning environments that holistically serve their well being. The summer institute is an important investment into each fellow's personal and professional development, and in turn impacts the students they influence in the years to come. We greatly value and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the movement with Teach for Ghana!
Reunion in the North
The return to Ghana also included a visit to the
northern part of the country, Tamale, in order to visit the fellows who went through the
institute in 2017. There was a joyous exchange of gratitude, music, and love! The session included a productive time to review effective practices with the students, and to collectively take a look at challenges and successes the fellows have had over the last year.
Exciting things ahead!
In addition, Project Creo announced an opportunity for Teach for Ghana's 2017 cohort to receive grant funding in order to realize student-led social change projects in their communities. To see an example of the grant winner from 2016 in Malaysia, click here.
If you are interested in helping to support the teachers in Ghana through these exciting projects, please donate to Project Creo (all donations are tax deductible).
Stay tuned for more updates from Ghana, and many thanks to all of those who helped to support the work at this year's summer institute in order to make it possible.