Change 1 Child in Ghana
There is new help for children in Ghana, thanks to an educational NGO called Change 1 Child.
Change 1 Child is currently most active in the United States, where they read with children in struggling schools twice per month. The group encourages children to read to help them realize better futures. The group also provides the students with free books and reading assistance – their immediate goal is to help at least 80% of these students improve their reading scores during the school year. This initiative will be starting in Ghana in April 2009 and will continue each month by a Change 1 Child locate representative. The organization will be in Ghana April 14-23, 2009 to read, distribute reading materials and school supply to 2 orphanages in Ghana.
Following the group's latest school visit, Principal Diane Danay-Caban thanked the group, saying, “I just want to thank Change 1 Child for shaping the young lives they touch here through reading to our students - and enabling the children to read to themselves with the rich books provided.”
She continued to say that seeing people like the members of Change 1 Child taking time to read with them shows the children their possibilities.
According to the group's founder, Simone Adjei, the organization was started to level the playing field for children living in disadvantaged communities who do not have access to the same resources as children who live in communities where the schools are better supported.
Because illiteracy is directly linked to poverty, the group started a literacy initiative to encourage children in early childhood (grades PreK-3rd) to develop a love for reading so that it may elevate them out of poverty.
Focused on children's education and related issues like child labor, the group is continuing to grow and membership is open to anyone sharing the vision.
“If just one child is enriched, encouraged and motivated to read more and develop a love for learning through this initiative, then we have done our job,” says Adjei.