MEET KATE IS GOING TO SCHOOL
The ‘Meet Kate is going to school’ project is a scholarship program for secondary school students. Meet Kate was inspired to start this new project when the Meet Kate Children's Home first opened. There were many parents who wanted to bring their child to our home, so they could receive a better education. However, because we believe that it is the parents’ responsibility to take care of their own children when they have the means to, some of those requests where turned down. But the idea of a new project was born.
In Ghana, government funded compulsory education is available for children until Junior Secondary School (junior high school). Once they reach Senior Secondary School (upper high school), the parents have to pay for everything themselves. Statistics of Unicef and research done by Meet Kate showed that most children (97% Unicef, 2009) go to primary school and junior high school, but that number drops dramatically when they go to the upper secondary school (47% boys and 43% girls Unicef, 2009). For this reason, we chose to direct this project on the children moving from Junior to Senior Secondary School.
Together with the department of education in Gomoa and Agona district, we selected the schools which had the highest success rates. After careful selection, we visited several schools. Fees, guidance and treatment were the main points that Meet Kate looked at. Finally, we selected four schools for this project. When the children sign up at the schools but do not have enough money, they have the opportunity to apply for our scholarship program by writing a motivation letter. We read the letters and invite some of the children and their parents to talk more about the child's motivation and the parents' (financial) problems.
If we decide to pay the school fees for the student, he or she enters our program, which means that they are also assigned a mentor. This mentor is a Ghanaian employee of Meet Kate Foundation and is the key to the development and coaching of the child. He or she works with the student; encouraging and motivating them, thus preventing potential problems at an early stage.
Through this project we help the older children in Ghana, so after high school they have the opportunity to go to University and build a better life.
This project is sponsored by: