After School

Henrietta Vusiakorn Teaching After SchoolOur work in Ghana began in 2004 as part of a local after school program in Accra. Though we've attempted to penetrate and affect change in Ghanaian classrooms, we have found that after school gives us an opportunity to directly reach students. We teach the kids to be problem solvers and teachers themselves so they can scale and sustain change for generations.

Henrietta Vusiakorn, the young woman teaching in the picture to the left, is an example of the purpose of the After School program. She first started coming for after school help as a primary school student and now is one of our best after school teachers.

From 2pm to 5pm every school day, everyone at the TOB house - staff, volunteers, and Scholars - spends quality time with primary students in our 3,000 square foot resource room. Typically we attract 30-40 primary students and a couple peer tutors-in-training from the junior secondary school. We are actively building enrollment of primary students and peer tutors in partnership with the schools, community, and other NGOs working in Busua.

The first of our two After School priorities is literacy. We use literacy assessments to group students byLiteracy Assessments their reading level - Red team for those that don't know their alphabet, Orange team for those working on letter sounds, and so on through the colors of the rainbow. Ben Haruna is giving the Red team assessments in the picture to the right.

The second priority is peer tutoring. Teach on the Beach Scholars in secondary school are expected to give literacy assessments, develop learning materials like culturally relevant flashcards, and to teach one of the skill-based teams. Srong commitment to tutoring in this program is part of the Scholars community service requirement. We also invite secondary students from the community with a commitment to learning and an interest in teaching to train as After School tutors.

Students teaching studentsStudents who show commitment to discovering, developing and sharing their love of learning at our After School program are considered for our Scholarship program. Volunteers serving at Teach on the Beach teach alongside Scholars, simultaneously mentoring and learning from them. To broaden the Scholars perspective, knowledge, and approach to teaching, Teach on the Beach recruits volunteers from all walks of life.

Learn more about our Scholarship program here.

Find out more about how you can volunteer in Ghana by visiting our Volunteer FAQ.

 

Five Year Benchmarks

Scholars
Scholars will be leading After School and NewsHour programs, integrating volunteers from around the globe in their efforts to constantly increase attendance and quality.

Schools
School partnerships are resulting in higher BECE and WASSCE test scores, more attention for our partner schools and our organization.

After School
Our After School model will be replicated in five more high-need rural beach communities in Ghana...or elsewhere in the world.

NewsHour
NewsHour will be flourishing with 25 groups in the US and 5 groups internationally discussing with and writing to each other over Skype and Facebook weekly.