Complimentary Education Support Project-Surugu Charity Centre

INTRODUCTION
SYTO Ghana Volunteering Program  Supports  non- formal education projects which is quite similar to the  Complementary Basic  Education (CBE) Program. The Volunteering program assist   community based organizations that provide educational opportunities for out-of-school children between the ages of 6 and 16. They community based organizations transfers children who have graduated to the formal school to continue their education, entering school  is between P3-P6 depending on ability. 
 
SUGURU CHARITY CENTRE- WALE WALE- NORTHERN REGION
INTRODUCTION
Community Charity Centres such as the one in Suguru are projects designed to assist disadvantaged children in rural communities. Some of the children at the centres have lost both of their parents, while others have parents who are simply unable to care for them or one living parent who has remarried into a relationship where the child suffers from their inferior status in the home. Regardless of their specific circumstances, many of these children are left to loiter on their own, having received little to no education and suffering from poor nutrition, absence of healthcare, and a lack of family care or discipline.
Thus, the Community Charity Centres offer these children basic lessons that many have missed out on during the early ages. Many of  the students are already beyond the standard school-going age, so they  the  aim  is to equip them with the necessary skills to enter the mainstream educational system . While enrolled at the Community Charity Centres, the children stay with relatives (mother or grandmother when possible), and attend the centre daily from 08:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

BACKGROUND ON  SURUGU CHARITY CENRE
Suguru Charity Center is located at Bugya Paala, a village near Walewale in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region of Ghana. It was founded by a trader named Mr. John Anaba in the year 2010.
Bugya paala where the Center is located has a population of about 1200 residents who are predominantly peasant farmers. Only a few women engage in petty trading. Majority of the people could support themselves in feeding all year round neither to talk about taking care of their children in school.
The Center operates a pre-school (kindagarten) where some of the children receive basic education.
The project has a total number of 50 children with ages ranging from 5 to 14 years.
Males:  22   Females: 28 and a total of 4 care givers that SYTO supports
 
GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

  • The overall objective is to minimize school dropouts, and minimize the influx of orphaned children to the city streets and reduce level of separation of orphans and guardians.

 
Specifically the centre :

  • Provide for the immediate nutritional and educational needs of the children
  • To serve as a medium for mobilizing resources within the community and beyond for supporting the children
  • To provide for the health and safety needs of the children

 
CURRENT ACTIVITIES OF THE HOME
Provide teaching to the needy children during school hours (7 am-1pm from Monday-Friday)
Provide lunch and dinner to all the children  as and when food is available
Provide free uniform, text books and chairs for learning
Provide opportunity for sporting activities
 
 
WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM VOLUNTEER/INTERN
The main work expected to be done here by a volunteer includes:  training of care givers, assist in cooking , offer Administrative work and fund raising activities , brushing of teeth,  bathing and dressing of children, feeding these children, washing of their clothes,  taking them to school, helping out with homework, playing with the children, teaching them songs and any other activity that makes a child feels comfortable and loved.
 
Minimum age              : 18years
Duration                      : 4 weeks to 12 weeks
Location                      : Northern region - Walewale
Availability                   : All year round
Accommodation       : Volunteer house

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