Now that the school is underway, Rescue Aid Foundation and local artisans will work to finish the school over the next year. Global Studio will continue to raise funds, collect donations, and research to provide the best level of education and support possible for this school and future global studio schools.The Kyekyewere school, according to Rescue Aid Foundation, will serve as a symbol of hope for the village, city, and region. Perched on a hill, it is visible to much of the city below and draws attention to the excellence that Ghana strives to achieve in their 2015 Millennium Education Goals.
The goals are summarized by the United Nations Development Programme as follows:Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women Goal 4: Reduce child mortality Goal 5: Improve maternal health Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
- Target 2a: Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling
- 2.1 Net enrollment ratio in primary education
- 2.2 Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
- 2.3 Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men
The organization took this project on with the goal of revolutionizing rural education in Ghana and West Africa, hoping to include advanced tutoring and IT services. This school’s design and programs will serve as a model to all future school initiatives of Rescue Aid Foundation in Ghana, serving as a mode of revolutionizing National Education.
After months of preparation, fund raising, designing, and planning, the Global Studio group has been to Ghana and back to see the school is underway!
This incredible trip began began with 17 dedicated UNCG Interior Architecture and Photography students working to prepare the school’s foundation.
We moved and laid 50lb rammed earth bricks, shoveled and packed earth to create classroom floors, learned to carry water on our heads, and endured swarms of 75+ children all the while.
We received celebrity treatment from these kids, just by holding their hands, taking their pictures and teaching them games like duck duck goose.
We made time to explore the local arts, including Kente cloth and wood carving, as well as the local wildlife preserve and architectural highlights.
The unfinished roads (or lack thereof) made for some long bumpy rides, and we spent the trip on “African Time.” We received a clear window into Ghanian culture; something that changed each of us as people, designers, and artists.
Even working with a team of village artisans, the physical work challenged each of us. Tired as we were, it proved to be some of the most rewarding work any of us have ever done.
The goodbye was bittersweet, but this trip marked the beginning of Global Studio’s active role in the improvement of elementary education across the world.
Saturday’s Gala was a tremendous success thank you to all of our generous sponsors and local donors!! A very special thanks to the O.Henry Hotel and Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels for their Gala sponsorship and to each and every individual that braved the snow to join the celebration! With the success of the silent auction, we are considerably closer to our goal necessary to fund the January build!
Even with this incredible accomplishment, continued support is the key to giving school they deserve! There are a number of ways to get involved; begin by purchasing your $1 raffle ticket to win $500! Also consider sponsoring a child, or giving the gift of sponsorship! We will provide a framed photo from the village and a letter of recognition allowing you the ability to directly impact the lift of a child in Kyekyewere. $300 sponsors a child for an entire year, while $100 sponsors a child’s desk and $50 sponsors a child’s space in school; e-mail email@example.com for more information.
The school’s site has been cleared and materials are being prepared it’s up to our community to make this the school this village and it’s children are dreaming of!
Many thanks for the wonderful donations we’ve received over the last few weeks!
Recent contributions have funded the clearing of the school’s site and material preparations. We now have three water filtration systems, as well as composting toilets for the school!
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Now is the time to make your reservations for the Gala and Silent Auction, December 4th 6-9PM at the O.Henry Hotel! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Department of Interior Architecture to make reservations.