Community Scouting for 2013-2016 Cohort of PHC Schools..

My name is Isaac and i am the Community Engagement Coordinator for VOICES Ghana. Last week we began scouting for our new PHC Schools in the Greater Accra Region. These are my thoughts as I observed the communities on my ” rounds”. As we usually do at VOICES, I put it into a memo which i am now going to start sharing with you all when time permits.

Location Description and Observations of the Accra Metro schools

Osu Manhean JHS
The school is one of many government schools managed by the Osu-Klottey sub Metro part of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.K.A. Accra Metro), located off the main
Osu Regal road and not very far from the VOICES office Osu. It is a well-organized school with respect o the structures and infrastructures. It also boasts of a neat and well maintained surrounding. The school has kindergarten to Junior High School (JHS) and runs one shift system that is the normal morning shift (from 8am
to 2:30pm on a normal day and from 8am to 4pm when extra classes takes place).

From my observation students that attend this school are residents of Osu and its surrounding areas and whose parents can be termed as ‘lower class’ in the area. However
there are lots of ‘affluent families’ in the area as well as businesses. Again because it’s a state owned school, tuition fee is free and feeding is also free.

Osu Ring Way Estate JHS
The school is located at the heart of the Ring Way Estate Osu and shares a common lane with the popular NTHC Properties Investment Company. It is also located within the
Osu-Klottey sub Metro part of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.K.A. Accra Metro)

Though the school has an old architectural structure, it has been well maintained with a fairly neat compound. The area it is located is home to estate dwellers that are well to do,
though there are pockets of slum-like settlements there. Thus, most students who attend this school live in the slum-like areas or the less privilege areas.

The school is structure from primary to JHS and run only one shift that is the morning shift. (From 8am to 2:30pm on a normal day and from 8am to 4pm when extra classes
takes place).

 

Location, Description and Observations of the Ga East municipal Assembly schools

Both schools I must say are located on the sane compound and have the same structures yet different management and teachers

Madina D/A 1 JHS and Madina D/A 4 JHS
Both schools are located in the Madina a suburb of Accra under the Ga East municipal Assembly. As stated above, they are located on the same premises and part of the Madina cluster of schools. The area the schools is situated is home to less privileged settlers who are mainly artisans. Though there are Christians in the area, it is mostly dominated by Muslims. Again, the school is closer to the Madina central market and as such the area it very busy. Because of it’s over populated nature, it’s difficult to maintain and keep the environment clean.

Both schools are structure from primary to JHS and due to the abolishment of the double shift system, the schools now run a one shift system. (From 8am to 2:30pm on a normal day and from 8am to 4pm when extra classes takes place). The government is putting up more structures to augment the existing ones so as to meet the ever growing student population.

The schools lack adequate infrastructure and there seems to be pressure on the few available.

Location Description and Observations of the Tema schools

Tema Community 5 No. 1 Basic School
As the name suggest, the school is located in Tema Community 5 and under the Akorley-Dzor sub-locality of the Tema Municipal Assembly. The school is located in the heart of the Community 5 residential area. Tema is one of the well planed settlements in Accra that has lots of industries located there. As a result, most settlers work in these industries, however, the growing need of factory hands has led to pockets of slum-like areas in all the communities and Community 5 is no exception.

Interacting with the students, I found out that they were mainly children of factory hand worker or artisans who cannot afford the private schools.

The school lack adequate infrastructure and there seems to be pressure on the few available. Both schools are structure from primary to JHS and due to the abolishment of the double shift system, the schools now run a one shift system. (From 8am to 2:30pm on a normal day and from 8am to 4pm when extra classes takes place).

Tema Community 7 No. 2 JHS
The school is located in Tema Community 7 and under the Community 7 sub-locality of the Tema Municipal Assembly. The school is located in the heart of the Community 7 residential area off the main Tema General Hospital road. Like that of community 5 there are slum-like areas where most of the kids live with their parents.

Interacting with the students, I found out that they also were mainly children of factory hand workers or artisans who cannot afford the private schools.

The school lack adequate infrastructure and there seems to be pressure on the few available. Both schools are structure from primary to JHS and due to the abolishment of the double shift system, the schools now run a one shift system. (From 8am to 2:30pm on a normal day and from 8am to 4pm when extra classes takes place).

Thats all for now!

IsaacVOICES Ghana CEC

1 reply added

  1. Ahmeda Mansaray April 23, 2013 Reply

    Great Job Isaac. I am excited to meet the young people in these communities!

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