HETAC IMPACT PROJECT (HIP) is part of a comprehensive solution to the problems, pertaining to education, faced by the communities in the Mpohor District of the Western Region. Most of the communities in the district are farming communities with residents’ monthly income ranging between fifty cedis(GH¢50) and one hundred and twenty Ghana cedis (GH¢120.00) equivalent to twelve dollars ($12.00) and thirty dollars ($30.00).
Also, schools in the district are understaffed and lack the necessary teaching and learning materials to make learning effective. For this reason, pupils are not encouraged to attend school frequently. This is mainly the cause of poor school attendance in the area. Poor infrastructure and the lack of recreational and academic facilities are also affecting academic performance in the area a great deal. Interactions with the pupils and residents in the villages reveal that the pupils need mentorship, motivation and encouragement in order to stay in school.
HETAC IMPACT PROJECT (HIP) is therefore designed to provide staffing support to the schools in the communities. The names of the beneficiary communities are Abotareye, Aboat, Manpong, Adansi and Edaa. Moreover, pupils in these communities would have the opportunity to be mentored by our volunteers during the period of the project and beyond. New and more practical approaches to teaching would be employed by volunteers while pupils are given guidelines to effective ways of studying and practicing the lessons learnt.
Also, according to gathered reports, it’s been observed that there is the problem of parents’ inability to take care of the academic needs (such as printing fees, extra classes etc) of their wards because of the meagerness of their incomes.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
- To eradicate the problem of inadequate teaching staff in the beneficiary schools by augmenting the number of teachers with volunteers who are mostly made up of university students.
- To bridge the gap between these underprivileged children and their city counterparts by improving the quality of teaching using more practical methods and teaching tools.
- To meet the counselling needs of the pupils in the beneficiary schools on relationship, reproductive health, educational goals and career
- Provide mentorship for the pupils by assigning them to specific volunteers.
- Collate data on the needs of parents so as to be able to develop them.
Currently there are 1300 pupils altogether in the 5 villages and a total of 25 teachers. This makes a teacher to student ratio of 1:52.
This project is targeting to deploy 30 volunteers who would be augmenting the 25 teachers, raising the number of teachers to 55. This will reduce the teacher to student ratio to 1:24 approximately.
The project is expected to last for two months. From 1st June to 31st July 2018.
The project is going to be implemented in the Mpohor district of the Western Region. The beneficiary villages are Abotareye, Adansi, Edaa, Aboat and Manpong.