PROGRAMS

Education

It is widely accepted that most of Africa’s education and training programs suffer from low-quality teaching and learning, as well as inequalities and exclusion at all levels. Even with a substantial increase in the number of children with access to basic education, a large number still remain out of school.

Lack of schooling is preventing children living in Africa from learning to read or write, leading to more problems such as job shortages. In Africa, over 72 million children are not attending school. Other reasons children are deprived of education are gender issues, religion, war and health.

Fafali believes that access to quality education is a necessity and a fundamental right for every child regardless of their constraint. We provide the means and access to quality education for children of underserved communities. We are committed to cultivating the optimum academic potential of each child.

EDUCATION PROJECTS

STEM+Arts – (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics plus the Arts)

A lack of good education in STEM+Arts subjects is holding back African growth and depriving its youth of career opportunities. It’s well known that Africa’s long-term economic prospects are being constrained by severe skills shortages in many vital sectors, including accounting and finance. However, one of the areas that requires immediate attention is STEM+Arts. If Africa does not start building capacity in these subjects, its progress towards achieving sustainable and comprehensive growth will be severely challenged.

STEM+Arts education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM+Arts to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.

In addition to learning science, technology, engineering, arts and math in a fun and engaging environment, we help our engineers-in-training develop problem-solving skills and discover how the world around them works. These skills are extremely beneficial for students of all ages. They’ve proven to inspire parents and kids to learn more about these critical subjects and how they may benefit our future.

Afterschool Program

Designed to spark the interest of children in STEM from the early stages of life. The program teaches basic computer, app and web design, robotics, computer programming, graphic design, videography, photography, etc.

Digital Library

Makes available computers and tablets to promote reading and encourage youth to use educational apps for STEM activities online. This also serve as a venue for Hackathons and other STEM events.

Literacy

There are an estimated 2,000 languages spoken in Africa but we have our colonial master’s languages as our official languages; Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish and in return we have become illiterates.

The statistics show that the literacy rate for sub-Saharan Africa was 65 % in 2017. In other words, one third of the people aged 15 and above were unable to read and write. The comparative figure for 1984, was an illiteracy rate of 49 %.

Helping someone to read and write effectively or acquire the basic math skills so many of us take for granted, improves the future of everyone in society. Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being. Our economy is enhanced when learners have higher literacy levels.

Improved literacy can contribute to economic growth; reduce poverty; reduce crime; promote democracy; increase civic engagement; prevent HIV/AIDS and other diseases through information provision; enhance cultural diversity through literacy programs in minority languages; lead to lower birth rates as a result of increased education; and confer personal benefits such as increased self-esteem, confidence and empowerment.

The program:

    • SUPPORTS children who have fallen behind in reading skills!
    • BUILDS vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension!
    • INSPIRES a love for reading…a lifelong benefit!
Need to Read

The Need to Read” literacy project provides early intervention and supplemental literacy instruction to youth, ages 5-14 living in underserved communities. We use curriculum for improving literacy that is interactive and easy to comprehend and referrals are made by parents, teachers, and other school staff (guidance counselors).

The goal is to improve literacy skills among school children.

Reading Clubs

The purpose of Fafali’s Reading Club is to promote and provide access to structured readings and discussions among students. “If you want to hide something from a Negro, put it in a book” is a reality in Ghana and this is due lack of libraries in schools, harsh economic reality, societal demand for materialism, inadequate library materials among others. This club offers an opportunity for anyone and everyone to read books from a variety of genres, and discuss them bi-weekly to whatever depth is desired.

Goals:

    • Read at least 12 books per year
    • Explore a variety of literary genres
    • Create a relaxing environment in which reading and discussion occurs
    • Have fun!

Arts And Culture

Beyond the qualities of creativity, self-expression, and communication, art is a type of work. This is what art has been from the beginning. This is what art is from childhood to old age. Through art, students learn the meaning of joy of work done to the best of one’s ability, for its own sake, for the satisfaction of a job well done

The value of arts-based learning in Ghana is diminishing because of some challenges, including the negative perception of the course by students, parents and even the society at large However, realistic as this may be, there are inherent problems that art education is facing in its development. Notable among them are: shortage of qualified art teachers, inadequate teaching facilities and funding, poor government and social identity.

We believe that every person in our society should have access to the creative process and that the arts have a unique and powerful ability to improve the quality of our lives because they:

    • Communicate
    • Delight and Educate
    • Motivate and Build Self Esteem
    • Build and Reinforce Communities
    • Have Therapeutic Value

Activities include:

    • Drumming
    • Dancing
    • Singing
    • Photography
    • Painting
    • Drawing
    • Basket Weaving
    • Kente Weaving