Under the stewardship of centre Manager, Reality Ayikoe and with the hard work of the Head Master, Ernest and the teachers, it is with great pleasure to report that the ACU Primary School in Ayenyah is making good progress – The Student attendance has risen from 48 to 102.
Due to some uncertainty around educational standards, all of the children have been put through a base line test so there is now a true picture of the children’s current reading abilities and educational level. This will enable each child to be placed into the correct learning program, so improvements will be more visible. It was also noticed that the students had difficulty in reading and speaking English so Reality and the team introduced an after school reading program which is proving to be a success.
The school has established a miniature pharmacy and fortnightly medical checks for the students and teachers. Thanks to a collaboration with the Head Nurse of the Ayenyah Community Clinic, the school has also started an adolescent club to help curb the prevailing problems of teenage pregnancy and truancy from school through life coaching and sexual reproductive health education.
Weekly output work inspections have also been introduced to understand how the teachers were performing. Even though this was met with some resistance at the beginning it is now great to report that this initiative has not only improved the school performance immensely but the improvements have also been recognised by the District Education Office. A huge congratulation to Ernest and all the teachers.
Moving forward and with the help of ACU fundraising efforts, the aim is to improve and repair the current fabric of the school, whilst the long term goals are to increase attendance and establish a Junior School – which the community has already engaged by donating land. If this aim could be achieved, then this would help an end to the children in the Ayenyah community having to walk up to 10 kilometres a day in severe heat to attain an education.
A Child Unheard are currently raising funds to refurbish and repair all the roofs of the school as they are leaking and causing major damage to the fabric of the buildings. The cost to do the required repairs is quoted at £20k. If you would like to donate, then please visit the link below: