A group of well-meaning students and fresh graduates from Delhi Private International School (DPSI) Ghana, devoted their privileged talents to assist their colleague students from Dawhenya Methodist Junior High School B, a public School to prepare for their upcoming BECE.
These students living in the community 25 area of Tema identified a need at the Dawhenya Methodist Junior High School B and made a commitment with their parents to assist fill the gaps in various subject areas.
The subjects included English Language, The Sciences, Mathematics, Social Studies and Information Computer Technology practical.
The students namely Carla-Anne Mirchandani, Adwoa Serwaah Kwarteng, Brianna Maame Araba Ashun, Sibongile Henaku, Sharon-Joan Tsimese, Anselma Hesse-Lartey, Janice Hesse-Lartey combined their various knowledge in the stated subject areas to assist their colleagues from the Dawhenya JHS B.
They had to prepare lesson notes supervised by the parents as well as plan a teaching schedule, all in collaboration with the school’s head teachers and subject teachers to align their teaching with what the examination candidates have been taught by their regular teachers.
They used their own laptops to give their colleagues a hands-on experience on soft IT skills from spreadsheet, paint application, word processing, search engine functions among others.
It is worth noting that these DPSI Ghana students and graduates used their precious vacation period to share their wealth of knowledge with the BECE candidates. They expressed their fulfilment during the teaching period, which lasted for a month.
The original one-month plan was extended by two weeks with very lively and interactive teaching and learning sections. The activity-based and problem-solving lessons were facilitated by the provision of teaching and learning materials by parents of the teen volunteers ranging from story books for English language, science apparatus for Science experiments, printouts for mathematics and social studies and laptops with data bundles for ICT.
At the end of the teaching period, the students donated 80 story books to the 76-80 BECE candidates to sharpen their reading skills as well as help enhance their English Language. They also had a fun day where the teaching students shared various items food and drinks with the BECE candidates.
In an interview with one of the students, Carla-Anne Mirchandani, she intimated that “it was humbling sharing knowledge with their students. They showed how intelligent they were and we learned greatly from each other.
When asked what motivated these students to take up this initiative, they said they knew the BECE students would need extra help especially with the practical aspects of their syllabus and also in light of the general strike action in government schools, so they wanted to help bridge the gap in their own little way.
Most of them called on government and the managers of education in our public schools to improve on the teaching facilities as well as make teaching and learning a lot more fun and impactful to enable students from the Public schools prepare for the global world they find themselves in today.
A parent who was at the forefront of organizing this teaching period, Mrs. Dora Kwarteng explained how this was important for their children to experience how the public educational system works. “This period has been an eye-opener for our kids to appreciate the public education and compare with the Private/International one to gain some experience in life as they are growing up to become adults”. She observed, and particularly thanked the head teacher, Mrs. Rita Arhin and members of her staff for supporting the program wholeheartedly and urged them to call for more of such collaborations in future to benefit the students.
Headteacher of Dawhenya Methodist B Basic School, Mrs. Rita Arhin described the commitment level of both volunteers and their parents as topnotch. “They have left indelible memories on the minds of our candidates and they have pledged to emulate their example. My staff and I are eternally grateful to the teen volunteers, their parents and the management of DPS for the impact they have made on our candidates.
Matilda Dede Nartey, head girl of Dawhenya Methodist B Basic School on behalf of her School thanked their colleagues from DPS for their selfless sacrifice.
“They have given us practical lessons and further explanations to what our teachers have taught us and the experience has been great. Also, techniques in technology were used to enhance what they taught us, making understanding easier for us. They made sure that each of us understood their presentations very well and now we have the reason to understand Albert Einstein’s quote that, “Only a life lived for others is worth living. We shall emulate their example to also give back to society just as they have done for us”.