When we created The Senase Project nearly a decade ago, we were known as a group of college students building a school in Africa. Although that label wasn’t wrong back then, we have evolved into so much more and it’s time for our mission, vision, and values to reflect what we stand for. After some thoughtful reflection and brainstorming, we’re ready to share it all with you.
So, without further ado, here’s our tagline: Eradicating poverty through community development.
No, we’re not joking. At the end of the day that’s still our mission, but the blueprint to get there has been refined. We’re now focusing on three key areas of development at the Akatim Village School in order to promote unity, and collectiveness: physical environment, community empowerment, and resources/training.
Attendance at the Akatim Village School has risen greatly over the past 9 years. When we first arrived in 2010, we received a lot of feedback from the community that they did not want to send their children to an unsafe school. By prioritizing the physical environment’s maintenance and up-keep, we are able to build trust within the village while simultaneously encouraging more children to attend school on a regular basis.
Our goal is that the environment acts as a conduit for safety and confidence, empowering the students to chase their dreams.
A lack of self-efficacy leads to a lack of involvement and desire. When this happens, lines of communication close and the system begins to crumble. By working to increase the involvement of parents, teachers, and students alike, we strive to build individual autonomy that will lead to sustained success for years to come.
While we work towards improving the physical environment, we recognize the importance of continuing to work to improve the social environment as well. We believe that an important key to success is creating change by the people, for the people. By opening an avenue for improvement and providing ways for teachers to better themselves, we expect to see great results.
Collectively, these 3 aspects are interconnected and come together to create an effective emotional environment that is built on love, respect, and unity. By working towards autonomy, we are able to facilitate change that will last a lifetime, regardless of our presence in the village.
Whether you’ve been following along for 9 years or 1 week, thank you for coming on this journey with us. We are truly grateful for your support, as we would not have grown to where we are without it.
This is an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to keep transforming what rural education looks like in Ghana with you by our side!
Ubuntu; I am, because we are.
The Senase Project