Two years ago Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope installed a computer lab at St. Paul’s Junior High School in an effort to help the students pass the B.E.C.E., Basic Education Certification Examination. All students in Ghana must pass this exam in order to enroll in High School.
Since its inception in 2004, St. Paul’s has not had any student pass this exam. The new computer lab, installed by Every Village Computer Organization, is equipped to help Ghanaian children learn skills needed for this exam.
The girl wearing the red t-shirt is Susanna Aryeetey. This photo is several years ago. Susanna is now 15 and will be taking the exam next month. The Head Master at St. Paul’s recently called to tell me that Susanna is certain to pass this test with flying colors. Way to go Susanna.
Susanna, her mom, dad, three sisters, aunt, and grandmother live in the village of Akramaman. Their house is a small three room structure made from mud bricks, similar to this one.
They grow cassava, own a few goats and chickens, cook outside, and her dad is a tailor.
All of the girls attended St. Paul’s Preschool. Mr. Aryeetey has been very involved with the P.T.A. at the school and has been instrumental in seeing that his girls have a good education.
Susanna attended Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope Reading Camps and has even returned to Reading Camp to become a classroom aid. She is currently in eighth grade.
I am so excited. This news is HUGE for this village and for Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope.
Thanks to donors who participated in the 2016 Giving Challenge sponsored by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, GMH will be able to offer Susanna The Beacon of Hope Scholarship for her high school years. This $400 per year scholarship will enable Susanna’s family to buy her uniforms, pay for her books and school supplies, as well as any other items she may need. Susanna will be the first but we are ready with more scholarships as girls continue to make headway in education. I will be sure to keep everyone posted on Susanna progress.
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