Our team has been reflecting on what this month has been like. There have been highs and there have been lows as I am sure most of you are experiencing during this time of Covid-19. Personally one of the strangest things to deal with is the difference between each country and where they are in terms of procedures. The UK was on lockdown before Ghana but then Ghana’s schools were shut down on the 16th of March making our programmes non-existent. However, with business still running as usual in Ghana it seemed strange that children were left to their own devices.
We were finally in a place where we have our Get Global programme and it works; students and facilitators both love it, schools are on board, we have plans for the future… AND now we have to cease delivery. Additionally, the youth we work with in Ghana don’t have the ability to continue virtual-learning with their schools or even the access to online learning material like most do in the UK – how then do we support kids who temporarily have no access to education?
So, we had to get our thinking caps on and think about how we can create a new ‘at-home’ programme for youth based on the foundations of Get Global.
Our Get Global Covid-19 Workbook takes students on a 2-week journey of activities and daily challenges. These activities range from researching a country and finding some key facts to understanding different ways of thinking about an issue or challenge. We also want to ensure that students can access another side of this lockdown by creating daily challenges with their family members. Making dinner with an adult, writing a note of appreciation and even building the tallest structure with things you find in the house.
Our goal is to reach as many students in the Medie area of Ghana with these books, not just students already on the programme but their friends and peers as well. We are also going to make this activity book available online as a PDF so anybody around the world can make use of it.
With a full lockdown starting in Ghana on the 30th of March, time was of the essence. We spent 2 weeks creating and designing the programme, finding a printer and then transporting them to Medie for distribution. Distribution of 300 activity books was completed on the 29th of March at 8pm… cutting it close but just on time!
We hope this workbook will give students a chance to learn something new, engage with their families and connect with us via social media during this uncertain time.
As Managing Director, I can wholeheartedly say that I am very proud of our team and what we have accomplished in a few short weeks. We have all dealt with emotional days, fear and uncertainty and come together to make sure that our students are reached in any way we can.
We would love to engage with more students and families around the world during this time, so please do contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through social media and we’ll send a copy of the workbook over to you to engage with!
Thank you for your support- together we will Move the World.