Training and Launch of the 50 e-Readers Project at Dordiak Educational Complex in Adukrom

On the 7th of October, 2015, Worldreader personnel, Joseph and Love Rocks member Ama Asantewa arrived at Dordiak Educational Complex in Adukrom, in the Eastern Region at 9:45am with kindles that were donated to the school through the kind support of Dutch Chapters, Worldreader and Love Rocks.
After an hour of settling down and meeting with the school authorities and teachers, training of the teachers commenced at 11am. 10 teachers were present at the training. Joseph meticulously took them through what the e-reader was, how to take good care of the e-reader, how to use it to its full capacity and how to teach their students all they had learned. The teachers were excited about the e-reader and its capability and were thrilled that they had the opportunity to not only experience its usage, but the endless possibilities they could teach the students with the device. The training lasted for 3 hours. After the training, the teachers were given an assignment each on the usage of the e-reader and encouraged to take the devices home to explore more.


On the second day, training resumed. Each teacher took the centre stage and explained /solved their assignment in front of the rest of the teachers. After an hour and a half of revision and peer to peer teaching amongst the teachers, 14 students, selected from lower primary, upper primary and junior high school joined the class for the training. The students were very excited and eager to learn.
Supervised by Joseph, the students were taken through what the e-reader was, how to take care of it and how to use it to its full capability by the teachers. A section of teachers took the centre stage to train and one-on-one training between teacher and student commenced. The second part of the training lasted for about an hour and a half and the students returned to their classrooms.
The training ended on a positive note with the project manager, Daniel Sakyi having a one-on-one intensive top up with Joseph to tighten all loose ends.

On the 9th of October, 2015, the school was decorated and a tent that hosted 100 chairs was built in the school compound. Music was played as the students waited patiently for invited guests and parents to stream in for the launch that was slated to happen at 10am.
The event, which was fully packed started at 10:15am with an opening prayer by the school’s PTA chairman. The MC of the day, head teacher – Seth Donkor started off with a welcome address, followed by 4 students who welcomed the guests with a short dance performance.
Members of Love Rocks – Daniel, Kofi and Ama were invited to talk about the project, and the involvement of Love Rocks and Worldreader. This was followed by the Project Manager, Daniel Sakyi who talked about the training they had undergone and the anticipation of the school to start using the e-readers.

Mrs. Mingle, District Education Officer and Mr. Akuorkor, former head of Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon spearheaded the cutting of the ribbon to launch the 50 kindles received by the school. This was followed by students demonstrating the use of the kindle to the parents and guests.
Special guest to the event, Gyasihene of the town, who was one of the people the students demonstrated the use of the e-reader to, was highly impressed.

Certificates were awarded to the teachers who went through the training​
Pledge forms were then passed around for parents and students to fill, promising to take care of the e-readers and use it well.
Refreshments were then passed around to each guest. Two students gave poetry recitals.
Mrs. Mingle and Mr. Akuorkor both took to the floor to talk about the importance of education and reading and expressed their delight in the school having this opportunity to better their worth.
The event ended with a closing prayer.

The training and the launch ceremony was very successful. The launch was attended by about 90 people. We left the town of Adukrom with very pleased students, teachers and parents and a community of people requesting that the project be spread to other schools in the community.

-Love Rocks Team

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Donation of 100 Books to Pokuase Methodist Basic 1 JHS

Yesterday morning, 4th March 2014, we were at Pokuase Methodist Basic 1 JHS to donate the 100 books we told you about in our previous post.

We did well to get there on time.
The headmaster, who was expecting us on the day, called an assembly of the students and introduced us. We spoke the students for a few minutes and presented the books to the headmaster.

We then spent 30 minutes with the students letting each student read a few lines. This gave us an idea of how to organize the students in groups of either 6 or 7.
These groupings are for the term and will help us monitor the progress the students on a smaller scale at each weekly visit.
A 45-60 minute period has been allotted into their weekly time-table to further this.

After we were done for the day they went on their usual break.

We will follow up weekly with exercises, questions they might have, and read with them.

We can still do with your help by donating books or money.

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1st March 2014

Over the weekend, Saturday, 1st March 2014, we had yet another successful time with some students of Dordiak Educational Complex.

We handled two classes – Form 2 and 3 – as we took them through English and Science respectively.

The Form 3 students were in three groups of five students each. We studied relative clauses for about an hour, and read “The Gods Are Not To Blame” for 30 minutes.

Concurrently, the Form 2 students were in three groups of seven students each.
We studied Elements, and did some reading of “Marriage of Anansewa” at the end of the day.

The groupings of students are for the term.

We’ll be starting with another school in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, we’ll be donating 100 books to Pokuase Methodist 1 JHS on Tuesday, 4th March, 2014 at 10am.

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A Library’s In The Works

Hi Everyone,

We are thrilled to update you on the progress we’ve made with the mentoring program.

After weeks of teaching the JHS3 students we’ve found out that they are struggling, particularly in English. A lot of their problem is because of a poor foundation in the language.

As lovers of books, we cannot say enough how much reading has greatly positively influenced our lives academically and beyond. This is why we believe it is a great idea to help the students cultivate the habit of reading. The school is grateful, excited and committed to setting aside at least one hour a week in the student’s timetable for reading.

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We are now actively working on creating a mini library for the kids by the start of the new school year. We have selected

• The marriage of anansewaa by Efua Sutherland

• No sweetness here and other stories- Ama Ata Aidoo

• The gods are not to blame by Ola Rotimi

• Oliver twist by Charles Dickens

We have an ambitious goal to raise the money for the books and we believe that with your support, we can!

Please email us at loverocs@gmail.com to donate.

Every donation counts and we appreciate your support.

New Mentoring Program!

At the core of love rocks, our aim is to empower the young and nothing is more empowering than an education. This is why we are really excited about our new mentoring program.

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Our plan was to send volunteers to junior high schools on Saturday mornings for a few hours to mentor students. And we started with students in a small town in the Eastern region, an hour and a half drive from Accra called Adukrom.

The enthusiasm and the willingness of these kids to learn has been a booster for us and we are equally enthused to be helping in our own small way.

We aim to help students learn and retain more by providing a less rigid way of teaching. Students are accustomed to memorizing lessons only to reproduce it in an exam and forget. We want to help them understand their lessons and consequently retain what they learn.

We are working with experts in the field of education. Some of these people have been taught using the approaches we are offering and others teach with these approaches currently. With the capabilities of these enthusiastic university professors and others from Ghana’s educational system, we are employing better ways of teaching and learning to impart in these young people for use through senior high school, university and the rest of their lives.

We are monitoring the success of the program and will improve it consistently to better suit and aid the students.

•          At the end of each academic term, we will talk to students and school staff to see how our program is helping improve grades.

•          We are also interested in the seeing a growth in enthusiasm of the students towards learning and furthering education.

We are hopeful that the success of the progressive, tried and true ways of teaching and learning will eventually be adopted by schools all over Ghana.

This project is dear to our hearts and we understand that it involves long term dedication and spirited effort and we are committed to doing all it takes and we are glad to have you join us.

Please contact us at loverocs@gmail.com to donate your time and/or other resources to support our younger siblings.

Real Valentine

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In the real spirit of Valentine’s Day, Love Rocks raised money and bought some much needed supplies for Country-side Children’s Welfare Home, an orphanage in Bawjiase, a village close to Accra. While there, Ama D., Ama A., Eben and Selasi talked to the kids about their dreams for the future. I’d like to share them with you.

I want to be doctor. I want to help heal sick people
– Beatrice, 12
In future I want to act as good as Jackie Appiah. That’s why I’ve joined the drama club
– Elizabeth, 14
Science fascinates me. I always want to know how things came about. I dream of being a doctor
– Emmanuel, 11
I want to help sick people get better. I want to be a nurse
– Grace, 12
When I grow up I want to be a very big figure in trade. I want to export Ghana’s finest goods to other countries
– Mary, 13
I studied Agriculture in senior high. I’m hoping to gain admission to the university so I pursue it. I want to take over the farm at the orphanage so that we can start producing for commercial use. Not just to the capital city but to the country as a whole.
 – Sunday Godwin, 19
I want to be a nurse
– Emmanuella
I want to go to school
– Georgina Larbi, 5 (new to orphanage, was in her school uniform when we visited and she was excited about going to school)
In future I want to be a bank manager, so that I can manage your money for you (Ama D.)
– Mike, 8 years
I don’t know what I want to be yet, but I like science and English and I enjoy singing, but I dream of being a great person in future
– Abigail, 12
All over Ghana, there are kids just like these, with dreams and aspirations and each of them deserves a chance to make them real.