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Pay It Forward (PIF) Students’ Excellent Adventure:

Our Stars journey to Abirem Essiam School to teach Jolly Phonics to Teachers.

After their February Jolly Phonics training (see previous post), our Stars have been empowered!! Using the letters and sounds and motion techniques, they see that young children are learning English better. AND THEY ARE HAVING MORE FUN DOING IT!!

Tomorrow’s Stars has a library at Abirem Essiam School and the teachers had heard of Jolly Phonics from PIF James the Librarian. They were interested in trying it in their classes, but needed training.

Our Stars: Solo, Helen, Faustie, Mary, Kate, Ayisha and Rolland

James called Solo who leads Tomorrow’s Stars in Elmina and our Jolly Phonics experts were excited to take a Wed afternoon road trip (about 1-1/2 hours) to do a Thurs and Friday training session for teachers. They found a local guest house for two nights and enjoyed the hospitality of Essiam village.

The girls prepared well, making learning materials showing the letters and sounds and the motions and songs that go with each. Teachers got to practice with Jolly Phonics and they know that James is there to help, and the other Tomorrow’s Stars PIFs are hoping it will be adopted well.

They also had a chance to make friends in the village and tour Francis’s family farm and see how palm oil is made. Francis was our first “star” from Essiam and is now an optometrist doing his year of national service after graduating with honors.

Tomorrow’s Stars is very proud that James and our Stars took the initiative to plan for and carry out Jolly Phonics training at Abirem Essiam village school. But that is not the only benefit. They had a great road trip to see new things, meet new people, and share the joy of helping others. HOORAY FOR THEM!!

Tomorrow’s Stars and Abirem Essiam teachers. Making Education Possible!!!

Jolly Phonics comes to Elmina

On February 7-8, Tomorrow’s Stars brought Jolly Phonics training to Elmina, Ghana.

Jolly Phonics teaches Phonics methods of learning English letters and sounds to help children learn to read. Remember that small children do not learn English at home.

Nearly 2 years ago, Tomorrow’s Stars sent 3 of our Pay It Forward students to Jolly Phonics and they returned with excitement and we were able to implement the concepts successfully in our KG Resource Room. Scroll down to 3-Helping Children Read: https://tstarsorg.wordpress.com/2018-year-end-news/

Now we brought Janet Kyei (“Chay”) an expert Jolly Phonics trainer to Elmina. We invited 23 teachers and Pay It Forward students from the local area and they have learned and enjoyed the experience. They will do their best to help children learn to read at their schools and Tomorrow’s Stars will have ongoing meetings with them to help and encourage.

We continue to “MAKE EDUCATION POSSIBLE” in Elmina!!

 

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Literacy Resource Center

At Tomorrow’s Stars, we believe in learning through play using phonics. It is difficult in Elmina, Ghana because most children come into Kindergarten with little knowledge of English. We have more information about our Resource Room/Center in other sections of our web site.

Our Literacy Resource Center has great resources, including experienced Pay It Forward young women. These women are Sharon, Kate, Leticia, Esther, Elizabeth, and Aggie. Also we have many toys and games to help learning and small (12) class sizes. Over Christmas vacation our girls added many visual aids for learning. Check them out on the photos below.

An improved ceiling fan is always a welcome addition

At top:
Beat the heat with our new ceiling fan!!

Other News!!! Tomorrow’s Stars Reading Club at Abundant Grace School. We are starting a library when the room is complete, meanwhile Solo, Faustie and Rebecca have started a reading club.

Solo introducing students to Tomorrow’s Stars. Librarian Faustie in the back.

A great picture of our Stars on PIF day. They are an amazing bunch!!!

STARS IN UNIVERSITY: NOW 22

At Tomorrow’s Stars, we are proud of our students.  After they have performed well in Junior HS and Senior HS, we expect them to Pay It Forward. 

And They Do!!

 

 

After Graduating HS and doing well on their National WASSCE Exam, they come back.  They work at Libraries, Labs, Resource Room, Girls Club and all the time they help the young ones learn.

 

 

After Paying It Forward for 2-3 years they are eligible to apply for Scholarship Awards to University.  We now have 22 students in 6 universities.   They are mature, bright and hardworking.  

These 14 young men and 8 young women are amazing!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have known them all for a long time, they are leaders in their classes and perform well academically.  We are VERY proud of them.  

Nsoroma Africa Foundation

Nsoroma (En-so-ro-ma) is a start-up Ghanaian charity founded by our “STAR” Solomon.  They intend to supplement the work of Tomorrow’s Stars in the Elmina area and they receive small grants from us to do this.  Nsoroma focuses on local children who have parental support for their education and expects parents to provide study areas in their homes.  Nsoroma also offers occasional events and excursions to enhance their education.

NSOROMA Study Center:

This project has 22 selected students from 3 schools from Grade 3-8 who meet 3-4 times/week, mostly in evenings at the Nsoroma study center at Christ Cares School.  Students do homework there with coaching from Tomorrow’s Stars PIF students Justice, Rolland and Rebecca.  Their grades are tracked and are already improving.

Excursion to Elmina Slave Castle

(A World Heritage Site)

In March these students had a tour of nearby Elmina Castle, formerly a holding prison for slaves headed to the “Americas”.  The tour is tasteful but unsettling, but they appreciated the history lesson, asked questions and wrote reports.

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The Black Panther Movie:

Another excursion was a day at the movies.  The group went to nearby Cape Coast to see the movie “Black Panther” in a hotel theatre room.  For everyone, it was the first time seeing a movie on the “big screen”, they were so excited.  The movie day was funded by our volunteer (and “Star”) Fred Graham.  Fred’s son was the stunt man for the actor who played the Black Panther, how cool is that?  They enjoyed the movie and wrote reports on the excursion.

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Continued study center use and excursions are planned.  They have also toured Kakum National Forest. 

Solo was recently on the local radio station urging parents to provide a study area in their homes at a cost of about $12.  He continues to “make education possible” every day all through Elmina.

You can support grants for NSOROMA by donating to Tomorrow’s Stars!!

“Always a Star”

“Always a Star” is an initiative devised by our Pay It Forward Leader Solo.  It is intended to build leadership skills such and public speaking and self confidence.

This is how it works:  Pay It Forward students (PIFs) or guests have an hour to present their story (background, accomplishments and hopes and dreams) by media and/or public speaking.

Volunteer Birgitta from Oslo, Norway recently visited Elmina and was invited to present her story to “Always a Star”.  It was very well received by the PIFs, some comments below.  Sorry for the small size photos.

She has been a Norway ambassador to China and other diplomatic assignments.

“As a leader, you need to listen and adopt the strategy of management by walking around and learning and discussing to make better decisions and get agreement.”

Thanks to Birgitta for sharing the wisdom of her heart and mind.