Engage Your School in Citizenship Activities
The PAAJAF Foundation seeks to engage with schools around the world, so as to build long-term relationships that will benefit both the Gbawe community and the students of participating schools. The overall objective is to foster global citizenship education for all participating students, and to increase sponsorship of local students in the Gbawe community so as to meet their basic needs and school fees. We have thankful to the children and teachers at Primary school ZŠ Sezemice in The Czech Republic for been adopted a child at PAAJAF to get their school in our programme.
How to Get Started:
- Start by sharing PAAJAF’s story with students, school administrators or all people who will be involved with the project
- Decide on a fundraising and marketing idea that will be a success based on the number of participants you expect to have. Ideas can range from hosting an event, sponsoring students in the Gbawe community, creating a “Let’s Fight Poverty in Ghana” club in your school, collecting donations or even holding a larger event.
- Liaise with The PAAJAF Foundation about your finalized idea, to ensure it is beneficial to the Gbawe community and will make an impact
- Have information and updates about your campaign added to The PAAJAF Foundation’s website once it has begun
Why Should My School Get Involved? How Will Students Benefit?
Participants will receive the following benefits:
- – A certificate of completion and letter of appreciation
- – Development of leadership skills by creating a project to help another child
- – Greater understanding of real-life challenges (economic and political) faced by students in the Gbawe community, stronger social skills and more empathy towards others
- – Citizenship education at the international level
What are some examples of potential projects?
Sponsor a Gbawe Friend Project
With this idea, students, teachers or principals choose to sponsor one or more of the deserving children in the Gbawe community who are in need of the most basic essentials such as shoes, clothing, personal hygiene products, food, school supplies, school fees, vaccines or medicines. Through sponsorship, these children are able to eat healthy foods, dress to attend school and access medical services.
Through this project, students in both communities would build a connection through activities, and learn about the differences and similarities between a student in Ghana and a student in the specific sponsoring home country. Some of kids in Gbawe dream to be doctors or accountants, what are the dreams of your students? Through activities surrounded around letter writing, Skype or other forms of communication, both groups of students would learn more about their counterparts’ cultures, values and countries.
Students in the sponsoring country would also engage in fundraising activities for their sponsored friend(s) in the Gbawe community. For instance, coin jars for collecting donations for sponsored students could be created. A photo of the chosen friend could be attached to each coin jar so that students at the school know exactly which friend they are donating towards helping to attend school. Challenges can be made in a class room, between classes, between grades, etc. for the class, rooms/grades that collect the most total of the “coins” to be donated towards the welfare of the “Adopted Gbawe Friend”. The challenge can be for a month, 2 months, or however long your school, class, association or students feel they would like to save towards helping their sponsored Gbawe friend(s).
Let’s Fight Poverty in Ghana Challenge
The goal of this potential project would be for a sponsoring school to select a project in the Gbawe community, instead of specific children. To choose a project that your school, class, college or university would like to support and help to implement, please, visit our projects section of the site, fill your interest application form and create campaign via our site for your cause. For further information drop email to Philip at [email protected]
At the end of a challenge, The PAAJAF Foundation will issue a certificate of appreciation to each team member engaged in that challenge who has made a difference. The contributing school, class, college or university would also be featured on our website for one year or for the length of support to The PAAJAF Foundation.