“Some people don’t think it’s cool to help others; personally I think it’s the coolest thing in the world” - Prince Harry.
The literacy manual Recipe for Reading was used by Elaine Chagnon in a teaching seminar for the teachers of Kafanchan Nursery/Primary School. The aim of the seminar was to enhance the skills in teaching literacy to young students. Pads of special writing paper to go with the manual were also brought. These materials were purchased through a grant from Companions in Mission, Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. Recipe for Reading presents early literacy skills in a prescribed sequence and stresses sounds, visual cues, spelling, and correct formation of letters.
After the session with the Kafanchan Nursery/Primary teachers, a woman from the group approached. She introduced herself as Alice and said she was happy to have access to the materials that had been provided.
Nana Dogo shared with Elaine the story of Eunice, a tenth grade student at Kafanchan Senior Secondary School. This girl just happened to be leaving with her mom and her belongings when Nana arrived at the school (Nana serves as school principal). When Eunice was questioned as to why she was leaving, it was discovered that she was in arrears with her school account- her tuition had not been paid. The rule is that if tuition is left unpaid for more than one trimester, the student is asked to withdraw. Eunice was in tears as her mother shared that her father had passed away. An uncle had stepped up to pay for the school fees - but he, too, had recently died. The mother shared that she was just now getting back to work after being in a serious accident. The only schooling that she could afford for her daughter was a government school.