Volunteer opportunity posted by: Development AidVolunteering
Posted on: January 20, 2013
Street Academy was set up as a shelter in 1986 to explore the hidden talent of disadvantaged children on the streets of Accra in the fields of sports, arts, cultural, music, drama and basic education as non-formal education. Its aim is to provide free basic education to children aged between 8 and 18, as well as uniforms, books and a decent meal each day. Education is not free in Ghana!
Most of the children are street children and orphans, all come from poor communities in Accra. The children are also trained as peer educators to educate their family members, peers and other members in their communities on the importance of educating children, good health, HIV/Aids awareness, personal hygiene and sanitation.
Street Academy runs a non-formal school, there are three classes in all (beginners, intermediate and advanced). Classes begin at 8.30 a.m. and close at 1.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The children do not pay school fees and are encouraged to develop an interest in learning. Those who have developed keen interest in learning are sent to formal school on the Academy's Scholarship. Others are sent to learn a trade (e.g. hair dresser, dress making, practical skills training program etc.)
Today, there are 460 children, both boys and girls who are supported by Academy. Around 70 of them are studying in the Street Academy , the rest are in the formal schools, the secondary and technical schools and univerities. Before a child is being admitted in the Academy, a thorough interview is made to satisfy that person is qualified i.e. living on the streets and/or deprived and needy. Opinion leaders such as the assembly men, chiefs and M.Ps have been given the mandate to endorse the children to the Academy.
Teachers are required to teach the following subjects Art, Drama, Music, English, Mathematics, Science and French. Some kids require one-on-one tutoring.
Teaching Assistants are required to support the teachers and help some students who are getting left behind and are in need of more educational support.
Dedicated and outgoing Project coordinators are required to help develop and market projects, draft proposals and research new funding opportunities.
The role would entail formulating and implementing a viable, long-term and sustainable fundraising initiative, contacting and meeting potential donors.
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