DMU students and alumni travelled to Ghana in June with the mission of enhancing the lives of the local community, in continuation ofthe work they started in 2018.
This began with a visit to St Michaels Vocational and Technical School, a school that was initially set up to help educate young women and provide them with crucial skills to aid them in employment, now accommodates young boys after its success in supporting its female students.
During the Ghana visit, DMU volunteers spent several days at St Michaels School delivering workshops and activities to the classes, as well as providing financial support to aid the development of the school. The school has ambitions to be the best vocational school in Ghana and with continued financial donations, resources, and volunteering aid, this can become a reality.
The second organisation DMU supports is Positive Chain Reactions (PCR), who provide literacy and numeracy education to young children in poor communities where state education unfortunately falls short. The students are highly capable and intelligent but due to a lack of resources and inadequate support from overstretched teachers, they have not been able to reach their full potential.
The PCR programme helps encourage and challenge these young children to push through the low expectations from society and achieve their best. During DMU's visits, we spend two days at the school, delivering key literacy and numeracy classes and encouraging them that their efforts in school are not wasted.
The third organisation is the Tema Autism Centre for autistic children. The centre is dedicated to providing extra care and attention to nurturing the children's autonomy and independence. The aim is to equip every child with crucial life skills, which will eventually aid their transition from free schooling to employment. DMU visited the centre and prepared various educational workshops for the children, as well as financial support.
Thanks to previous fund raising efforts, the centre has attained a plot of land by a local church much bigger than its current space, which will have a huge impact on the centre’s work and reputation. Current funds have paid for several tablets where the children can use various cognitive apps and in the future, the centre hopes to raise further funding in order to provide each student with their own tablet.
During this visit, local alumni in Ghana took some time out of their Saturday evening to meet with students and alumni, and share their own personal experiences of studying at DMU and their journey since graduating. Two students wrote of this very experience and the positive impact it has had on them, saying “it was refreshing to hear about how [alumni] were able to comfortably transition from student life into the working world. Although it wasn’t a smooth transition for all of them, the advice and wisdom that has come from their experiences has left me feeling motivated and encouraged.”
We are delighted to keep this progress alive with the introduction of the Ghana Alumni Club. If you are a student or alumni with a connection to Ghana, you can join the Club here and keep up to date with local alumni, events and news. Our vision at DMU is to ensure that wherever in the world you go, you will always be able to connect with others who have shared the great experiences on offer at DMU.
Posted on Tuesday 15th October 2019