As many of you know, the GMAD Academy of Learning that was opened last year was established to meet the needs of those children that come to our GMAD home who haven't been able to go to school in the past. Children who have special needs or kids who have been rescued from forced labor trafficking. Many of these children had to be taught how to hold a pencil. Now we are pleased to give you a brief six month update on the school!
We have a full classroom set of Chromebooks in addition to our full classroom set of tablets. The students are starting to really figure out how to use these devises, they just figured out how to send messages to each other via bluetooth during class. Some might think that is a bad thing, but it's cool that they are learning to do new things on the devices on their own. None of these children come to the home with much, if any, english, nor have they spent any time using a laptop or tablet and here they are sending written messages in english to each other through bluetooth! Huge win!
In addition to your typical school subjects (like reading, writing, arithmetic, etc.), the GMAD Academy of Learning has been incorporating basic technologies into their day to day curriculum. This is very very unusual in Ghana. In fact, I bet there is no other school like this in all of rural Ghana. One reason we have chosen this tech route is because we only have these children for a relatively small window (3mo. - 5yrs.) while our social workers reintegrate them back with their families, during that window we can better make them self reliant with basic tech skills.
The technology in the classroom has also allowed performance to be tracked individually for the first time so each child gets personalized attention to help them learn step by step. We know that progress like this, against such odds is only possible with support like you. Thank you GMAD supporters!