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On the evening of May 24, there’ll be a fund-raising concert of classical music at St Pancras Church, corner of Euston Road and Woburn Place, London, NW1 2BA. Performers will include Henry Roche, former Head of Music of the Royal Ballet, and Jonathan Reid. We’ll give more details of the programme as and when they come through.
 
On July 23, Ashanti Development’s summer party, A Taste of Ghana, will take place in Holborn. The sponsored walk will be on September 10, and a swimmarathon and gospel choir concert will be fitted intothe gaps.

Job Vacancy – Teacher-Trainers

We’re looking for volunteer teacher-trainers to spend three terms in Ashanti helping develop our teacher-trainer work.

A few years ago, retired teacher Dave Banks set out to improve the quality of teaching in Sekyere Central District.  After observing lessons and talking to teachers, he documented a method of improving their performance, and at first was inclined to publish it.

But then he realised that the programme might well be seen as a foreign invention, created by an arogant foreigner who thought he knew it all.

So Dave decided to work with the eight top supervisors in the District.  Together they revised the work, and then the supervisors cascaded the information to all the local schools.  Since then, exam results have dramatically improved, and Dave is under pressure from neighbouring Districts to extend the programme to them.

We’re now looking for more people to join him – to work with District supervisors to amend and improve the programme so that local people can take ownership of it, and then to cascade it to large numbers of teachers.

This might be a great opportunity for recently retired people, or people looking for a change in life-style. No pay, but you’ll get free board and lodging, the knowledge you’re making a big difference to the life chances of many children, and the undying gratitude of some of the nicest people in Africa.

BIG News

BIG NEWS. If you go to www.ashantibespoke.com, you can order a shirt or blouse or dress, to be made to your exact measurements. And of course you can choose the material too.
 
It will be made up by Kofi and his dressmaking school in Gyetiase, and the picture shows him with two very happy customers. They asked him to make a shirt and a jacket in the 24 hours before they left Ashanti. He must have been up most of the night, but he did it.
 
Students of the dressmaking school are mostly single mothers, very poor, and their studies are highly subsidised by Ashanti Development, so it will be wonderful if this turns into a way of helping the school to stand on its own two feet.
Richard, Aki, Kofi

Racing The Rains

We’re building latrines now in seven villages – more than we’ve ever worked in before at one time. One of them, Abuontem, is also the largest village we’ve worked with and has at least nine different religions – Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Methodist, Anglican, Muslim, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventists and Traditional. The Chief is also the fetish priest.

Our Country Director is anxious to get the work in Abuontem started quickly, so as to get a good headstart before the rains come. At first progress was stalled because he couldn’t find a mason, but luckily the local assemblyman has now found one in Pentem village, which isn’t too far away.  So now it’s all systems go.

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tem, which isn’t too far away, so it’s all systems go.

Getting To Know You

In Gyetiase, we recently managed to set up Skype in Gyetiase and Bonkron Primary Schools. Their twinned schools in the UK are now planning to connect with them.

We also showed children’s films to both schools. The photos were taken while the children were waiting for the films to start, and show David W making friends with the locals.

 

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