There are no words to express just how proud I am of my students at the Seed of Hope Centre!
As a mentor, I had decided to explore a different mode of teaching. I took a chair, sat down and gave the teens a platform for creative self expression.
These kids spend all-day learning in class but it was about time they had a form of output outside class activities.
Value of Student Clubs
After successfully establishing four clubs during the last school term (Technology, Young Leaders, Talents, Agriculture), the students are still packed with energy for more ways to develop their interests.
The Agriculture Club stepped up and officially launched their club with fun landscaping activities around the school where both students and teachers participated.
During the August 2014 school holidays, the Agriculture Club members independently organised holiday club activities like purchasing potato sacks (with their own money) for their landless kale farming project.
All this, I came to witness recently when I visited the Centre to surprise the teachers with some news about the support of the Rabbit Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries through a rabbit production manual for the students to use.
The potato sacks had been filled with fertile soil and vibrant green kale seedlings danced to a gentle breeze as they hang on the sides of the sacks.
From the teens at Seed of Hope, I have witnessed a great shift of behavior and attitude. They no longer need to be told that they could have a great future; they believe so. They don’t need to be closely monitored, they have learnt to be independent. They don’t need to be told, “Smile” because they naturally smile all the time.
How to get involved
There are a number of ways you could get involved as a friend of Seed of Hope:
The teens at the Centre need mentorship for club projects by professionals under the following fields:
*Agriculture – Kale farming. Rabbit farming. Chicken farming. Pest control of kale seedlings.
*Techies – How to use iPads. How to create and manage a Facebook page. How to use the internet for school research projects.
*Young Leaders – How to be a leader amongst fellow young people. How to overcome challenges that come with youth leadership. Opportunities that teen leaders need to explore.
*Creatives – Innovative projects for a club with a mix of talents (Singing, Fashion Design, modelling).
How to make a donation
The Seed of Hope teens are in need of various items that will go a long way in improving their lives and stay at school. These include:
1. Bras, panties, clothes, sanitary towels and bathing soap for girls.
2. Underwear, bathing soap and clothes for boys.
3. Farming equipment for the Agriculture Club. (Spades, hoes, digging forks, farming machetes & rakes)
4. Any support that will contribute to internet connection for the students. (Currently no internet access at the Centre)
Headmistress – Seed of Hope Centre
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