Additional information about the project:
The Sanbel School is located in the center of Kasoa, but in a different district than Endtime. From the central market it takes about 20 minutes by foot to reach the school. The area around Sandbel is more spacious and has less built-up area, the roads are broad and it is generally rather quiet.
The two-story school building is stable and bright. The classrooms are not very large and don’t have any doors or windows, but therefore the window frames are quite large and occasionally a banana tree branches out into the rooms which adds a very unique charm to the school. The sanitary facilities are not sufficient for the large number of students and need some renovation.
The school yard is concreted but rather small and only leaves very little room to play. Nevertheless, there is a cute little playhouse with a slide and a seesaw. Despite the large number of students the children do a very good job of peacefully sharing the playhouse.
The family Agorgli also lives on the school grounds. The feeling that everyone here is „one large family“ is omnipresent. One quickly notices the cheerful and warm-hearted way everyone here treats each other.
Sanbel puts a large emphasis on early childhood care and primary school classes: two thirds of the students are younger than 10. The classrooms for the smaller children are colorful and kid-friendly. Another aspect we would like highlight is that the older students additionally receive French lessons from a native speaker.
Similar to Endtime, almost half of the children are raised by single mothers, of which many work on local markets. To provide additional support to girls who are often required to stay home, help on the market or take care of younger siblings, Sandra has established a „girls club“. This provides a useful platform to talk about “girl things” such as menstruation and is also used for sex education, as this is still a taboo topic in many household. Another primary function of the „girls club“ is to increase the girls‘ self-esteem to encourage them to successfully graduate. Many girls still fall pregnant at a very young age, and in many cases a pregnancy means the end of their school education.
It becomes clear that Sanbel puts an unusually strong emphasis on the individual support of the children. Here the teachers really address the individuality of each student, their strengths as well as their weaknesses. If a student for example is a talented singer or artist, the teachers do their best to support this talent. The school management additionally also focuses on the moral development of the students to optimally prepare them for their future.
In January 2020 the Sanbel school opened up an additional class specifically for girls from the Sila-Foundation. These girls do not have any, or very little, prior education, are often not able to read or write and in many cases are not able to speak English properly. With the help of our volunteers and a school assistant the school wants to make it possible for these girls to receive a basic education.
The Sanbel school currently teaches about 320 children ages 2 to 16.
Thanks to the donations of this year, new tables and chairs out of weatherproof plastic material could be bought for preschool and the kindergarten. Due to high humidity, wooden furniture unfortunately does not last long and is dangerous, especially for the younger school children, in regard to wooden splints.
With our support, the playing area on the school yard could be renewed and equipped with a playhouse together with a slide, as well as a seasaw, this year. The playhouse was painted colorfully and decorated with the logo of Ein Bunter Bund mit Ghana e.V.
Das komplette Gebäude hat einen neuen Außenanstrich bekommen und strahlt nun wieder farbenfroh in rot-orange. Weiterhin wurden 10 Computer gekauft, an denen die Kinder aller Klassen nun in einem extra Klassenraum (mit Fenstern und einer abschließbaren Tür) PC-Unterricht bekommen.
Alle Schulen haben im Jahr 2020 eine Corona-Hilfe bekommen. Der komplette Schulbetrieb in Ghana wurde vom Staat 4 Monate eingestellt. Zur Wiedereröffnung im Juli gab es staatliche Vorgaben, im Speziellen, dass ausreichend viele Masken und Seifen für die Schüler, die Lehrer und das sonstige Personal zur Verfügung steht. Ebenso musste das gesamte Schulgelände desinfiziert werden. Dies ermöglichte die Wiedereröffnung aller Projekte und die Schüler konnten nach langer Zeit endlich wieder unterrichtet werden.
In diesem Jahr wurden alle Klassenräume mit neuen Stühlen und Tischen ausgestattet. Das Klassenzimmer-Inventar muss aufgrund der hohen Luftfeuchtigkeit in Ghana regelmäßig ausgetauscht werden.
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Sanbel is comparably quite well developed, here the needs revolve more around interior equipment. That however does not mean that this school requires less support. We believe the new “Kayayeis”-program as well as the computer courses are very important.