AEP Recipient of $6000 Grant
This past January, AEP was the recipient of a $6000 grant from the Church Mission Publishing Company. The money will be used to purchase 6 solar-powered laptops for Grace International School. The grant also includes funds for computer software packages for those laptops. In addition, AEP will use some of the funds to acquire manuals for reading instruction that will be used for teacher training. Finally, AEP will be able to purchase a dedicated laptop and printer for organization business.
September What’s Next?
The Board, teachers, students, and families cannot thank you enough for what you have gone. It was an amazing thing to see pictures of students at the school and know that this happened because of you. But this is only the beginning. Our next big purchase will be a new school bus so that families that cannot provide their own transportation can send their children to Grace International School. We are working with an architect on the design for the science and media center building needed to teach older students the required West African curriculum. Please remember to keep our efforts in your giving plans.
AEP President Don Ghostlaw
Phase one completion
The first major milestone for Grace International School was achieved with the completion of the first block of classrooms and administration offices. The building was completed in time for Grace International School to open its doors to register and receive the first intake of students.
Our fervent hope is that this first class of students will achieve great things in this academic year.
Challenging Summer Trip to Nigeria - part 2
The day before the scheduled teacher training session, Elaine discovered that word about her training had spread to other schools! Comfort Fearon, wife of Bishop Josiah Fearon, Archbishop of Kaduna, had mentioned it to a teacher at St. Michael’s Primary School in Kaduna; she wanted to attend with a few of her fellow teachers. Representatives from a small local school that Elaine had visited on her first day were also coming.
On Monday morning, Comfort Fearon personally accompanied Elaine to the diocesan offices where 8 teachers were gathered. Materials had to be judiciously divided so that everyone got something, with the bulk of materials still earmarked for Gusau. Luckily, there were enough folders, paper supplies, and writing utensils.
The day passed very quickly– they didn’t even stop for lunch! Teachers were actively engaged in training, asking questions and creating classroom materials to bring back to their classrooms.
Day 2 found Elaine energized and ready for another wonderful day. However, violence three hours northeast of Kaduna put the city into lockdown. Elaine was not able to safely leave the clinic compound. The others packed up everything Elaine had brought to the diocesan offices on Day 1 and traveled to the clinic site. In a dorm conference room, a much smaller space, everyone squeezed around a table and borrowed chairs from nearby rooms. The group had grown to 10 teachers representing four different schools! Lessons over the two days focused on phonics, math games, a writing workshop, and conflict resolution (which worked well when dividing up the materials!)
Elaine was also able to connect with a variety of people, one of whom provided her with a copy of Peace Clubs, a conflict resolution program designed for children, piloted in Kenya. She also connected with two other Nigerian women, both of whom have non-profit organizations designed for the empowerment of women. They agreed to try and help promote the Peace Club program both in Gusau and in the local schools.
The training was so successful that Elaine has been invited back next summer to teach to a wider group. She’s looking forward to being there again. If you want more information or you have some ideas to share, contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interior work on the building completed in time for the opening of school in late September.
Elaine Chagnon arrives for 2 days of teacher training in Kaduna- travel north to Gusau, where school is, not recommended. Teachers travel from Gusau to Kaduna to participate in a two-day teacher training workshop. Teachers work on reading strategies, math games, and ideas for expanding writing.
Challenging Summer Trip to Nigeria - part 1
John Nwangwu of FaithCare and Fr. Tom Furrer of Trinity Church, Tariffville, Elaine’s home parish. With Grace International School on the verge of opening, Elaine’s plan was to spend most of the 20 days in Gusau, providing teacher training and helping the teachers organize classrooms.
Nigeria continues to be a country torn by strife due to a complex layer of circumstances. The poverty caused, in part, by a lack of education, exacerbates the religious and tribal differences and intolerance. The northeast corner of the country continues to send out shockwaves from the group Boko Haram, whose intention is to make Nigeria a country totally under Sharia law. Due to the active fighting between the group and the Nigerian military, conditions throughout Nigeria continue to be under close supervision by the military and police. While in no immediate danger in Kaduna, security throughout the city was intense, with security roadblocks and checkpoints in front of government buildings, mosques churches, and bridges.
While Gusau continues to be a quiet corner of Nigeria, Elaine was informed when she got to Kaduna that the five-hour trip from the clinic site to Gusau was unsafe for white Westerners. Plans were changed quickly and instead, a few of the teachers would come to her. Unfortunately, this ended up greatly reducing the contact time
Announcing the Completion of the first Phase of Grace International School.
It is with a great sense of joy and gratitude that we announce the completion and opening of the first phase of Grace International School. The building was completed in August and was opened in early September. The first group of pupils are now attending classes.
It is exciting to see the pictures of the completed building; as students fill the classrooms, we are planning the next steps in the Grace International School complex! Many thanks to all of our supporters- we all share in this success!
Granby Students Create Books for Nigeria!
Last spring, in preparation for the summer Nigeria trip, Granby students showcased their writing skills as they published light-weight books for teachers to use in their classes. Students from Kearns Primary and Wells Road Intermediate schools published a variety of books, much to the delight of the teachers, who are grateful to have them. Hopefully, the project can be expanded in preparation for next year’s trip. Many thanks to the students and teachers!