Ghana is currently running a double track system at the SHS level. This shift system implies that at any time about half of the students at the SHS level are in schools, while the other half are at home. Basically, in any given school year, two students must share a desk and, for those in boarding schools, a dormitory bed. This system of education leaves a large category of SHS students idle at any given time. Unlike the single-track system, the new system effectively divides the entire student body into two different tracks. This means that while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.
The ABCDE organization finds this ongoing system, notwithstanding any advantages, as also carrying the risks for all kinds of vices if alternative educational outlets are not arranged for the students who are on forced “extended vacations” hence adding to its mentorship/internship approach and operations a practical program which seeks to intervene directly to assist students in SHS when outside the school system with their core skills development.
This project is dubbed the “ABCDE GOES PRACTICAL”.
This project seeks to train students mainly in the second cycle schools on skills such as soap/detergent making, bead and accessories making, shea butter processing, kente weaving, IT Coding training and photojournalism. The objective of this program is to solve the educational gap problem by equipping students with entrepreneurial and income-generating skills. This goes a long way to take the minds of these students off the various social vices they may be engaged in because of being home.
The project will take place at the ABCDE complex in Asylum down or in the facilities of relevant SHS, or on the premises of interested companies and industrial partners. It will be facilitated by experienced trainers and skills coach. Each month will have a different 5 days intensive program which starts with the theoretical aspect of the skills being taught, the practical training and packaging and marketing.
As ABCDE scales up its operations, especially to fill gaps created by the double-track system, it will need even greater resources. ABCDE is therefore also appealing to companies of all sizes to make their professional and managerial staff available for mentoring students in school as well as at home. The NGO also continues to seek financial assistance from any philanthropists and from the Corporate Social Responsibility and marketing budgets of major companies and corporations