Because of the ongoing corona pandemic, the annual general meeting had to take place online like in the last year. That’s why the members followed the review, which the chairman, Christoph Wenzl, gave on the last year, in front of their screens at home. The year 2021 went very positive in many ways for our association. The chairman was especially happy about the beginning of the classes in the newly built school in Ghana. For the first time 33 youths received education in math, English and science.
Most of the students in Ghana have problems in those core subjects and the free education at the new school in Taha provides them with the opportunity to prepare themselves intensively for their final exams which took place in December. Even the results are not out yet, the teachers were very content with the performance of the scholars and praised the association’s initiative which gives the young people an unprecedented chance. Unterricht in Taha

To this also the Danubius foundation contributed substantially since it took care for the examination fees for all the 33 students. Also in Germany the association was very successful and could raise donations at charity concerts and through talks as well as promote its work.

A special highlight of the meeting was a video call with the representative of the Ghanaian partner organization, Alhassan Salifu. The members used this opportunity to ask questions about the running of the school and the current situation in Ghana in general. Alhassan, too, was pleased about this exchange and thanked them for the good collaboration.

The goal of this year is to build on the successful work and to continue the education. All interested supporters can foster this with a scholarship. Beyond that the school should be extended for two more classrooms because of the active demand.

Following a field visit to the school in May, where the director of Northern Educational Alliance (NEA), Mr Alhassan Salifu interacted with both the students and the staff of the school, he identified several challenges. Most of them were related to the lack of materials. With the generous support of donators in Germany, namely the Joseph-von-Fraunhofer Gymnasium (JvFG) Cham, the following items worth of 8,105 Ghc were bought which will significantly improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Marker board
The marker board which was in use so far was very small of size. This caused big delays in the lessons since the teachers had to wait for the students to copy the content of the board before they could clean it and continue with writing. With the money a new full class size White Marker Board could be purchased which will help the teachers with making sketches on the board and enable unobstructed, faster lessons.

Exercise Books/Note Books
This was described by one of the masters as an eyesore and very pathetic during class. Most of the students were not having note books to write neither were they having exercise books. What they used instead was either one book serving the same purpose or loose pieces of papers. It is obvious that this is not healthy academic practice and that’s why in total 90 note/exercise books were bought for the students to take notes during classes and to do their homework in.

Selected Litrature Books
The English master drew the attention to one aspect of the english syllabus which required the reading and studying of selected litrature books for the final English WASSCE paper. Failure to read this books highly reduces the chances of passing the English paper since the questions on them constitute a greater marks in the exams. That’s why in total 90 literature books by three different authors were purchased and allocated to the students.

 

The NEA wishes to show its profound gratitude for the support given toward the purchase of the mentioned materials to assist the students at the NEA Remedial Classes Centre. This support will have a huge impact on the pending WAEC exams. The students were very happy after receiving these items and equally wish to express their gratitude. The Taha-School-Project especially thanks the JvFG Cham because without its support the quick enforcement of this method could have not been possible. We hope that the materials will be put to the best use.