A regular donor to Africa Education Partnership (AEP) has generously given money for sport and playground equipment to make sure that the students of Graceland International School have the opportunities to develop physically and mentally. We at AEP recognize the importance of sport and play in the overall development of our students.
Physical activity is and important component for the overall health and well being of young people. Sport and games help to enhance a young person’s mental and physical growth, developing character, energy and strength.
“Helping others is the coolest thing in the world.”
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give” — Winston Churchill.
Godogodo, our final destination, was the last of the rural schools, the seventh location. We traveled another 30 minutes in a different direction- but arrived at the site. We came upon two classroom blocks and a third building consisting of a sheet metal roof with chicken wire and sheet metal sides.
Our next journey was to the nursery/primary school of Jaginda Tasha. We drove for about 40 minutes before arriving at the school, built in the early 1970’s. This school was much closer to the main road, but still considered a rural school based on the location away from town. There were two small classroom blocks, with a third one started. The rooms were filled with students, similar to Kagon River.
While the buildings were in better overall condition than Kagon River, renovations were still needed to all of the classroom blocks. The buildings were in need of new roofs and new plastering of the walls. Noticeably absent were instructional aides for instruction; teachers work to educate their students with little more than a blackboard and chalk.
The depth of the need continues to be revealed as we traveled from one site to the next- there are so many children to educate...my mind was spinning as to what could be done to help. And I was wondering what I would see at the last site...
Greetings to all of you! We have completed another successful year at Graceland International School. These are exciting times, with the immediate building projects at Graceland nearing completion. The examination hall has been finished, with an 18-station computer lab, a media center with two computers for student use, and a teacher workroom. Administration is preparing to move into their new offices on the ground floor of the exam hall, opening up two more classrooms in the secondary building.
Early on Friday morning, October 19, the school van arrived at Bishop Markus’s compound. We had eaten earlier and now accompanied our group to board. Several armed police officers were already waiting for us. We headed out on rural roads, far out of Kafanchan center, to the village of Kagon River to view the nursery/primary school, constructed in 1972.
On Wednesday, October 17, the medical outreach came to a close and the group traveled back to the Kaduna area. After a night of rest, Bishop Markus Dogo arrived to transport the Chagnons to Kafanchan. After a three-hour trip, the group arrived at the Bishop’s compound.
Kafanchan diocese supports seven schools – two secondary schools and five nursery/primary schools. The needs are great as can be evidenced in the photos below.
After meeting with Bishop Dogo and the school board, the construction and renovation projects were prioritized. Top of the list was the rural Kagon River School, the existing building is in desperate need of renovation and an additional classroom block is needed.
At the end of April, 2017, 10 students from Grace International School’s graduating class sat for their West Africa Education Council (WAEC) exams. These are the equivalent of our SAT College Board exams and are used to gain entrance into a university for further study. All of the students passed, some with distinction!
By Peter Dewberry
On Friday November 9, 2018 two Africa Education Partnership board members, Elaine Chagnon and Peter Dewberry travelled from Connecticut to St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church in the Bronx, New York City in Ms. Chagnon’s SUV, which was loaded down with books and education materials destined for our schools in Nigeria, this was the second consignment of books we have sent