Hope of Guinea provides scholarships to children who would be unable to attend school due to financial barriers their families face, which limits their ability to afford tuition, school supplies, textbooks and uniforms. Parents in such situations are forced to choose between feeding their family or educating their children. This can result in many children, particularly girls, spending their childhood and adolescence doing household chores or income generating work instead of attending school.
We currently have 15 scholarship recipients – 10 girls and 5 boys – who have their tuition and related expenses covered from primary school until they graduate high school. Our scholarships provide our students access to high quality private school education, personalized tutoring, mentoring, school supplies, uniforms and other necessities such as hygienic supplies.
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In 2016 we began our yearly summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) Camp for students in Conakry, Guinea. In a country where access to education is very limited, we hope to ignite enthusiasm for educational advancement with interactive experiments, problem solving activities, and field trips.
The camp provides the students with innovative learning opportunities that most of them have not been exposed to prior to attending our camp.We encourage cross learning that engages the students’ critical thinking and sharpens, refines and refreshes their skills and fosters creativity. We address issues such as gender equality by inspiring confidence in female students in the classroom for a brighter future. We take a unique approach to education with local teachers and returned Peace Corps volunteers both with technical and cultural skills to address educational barriers.
During the camp we train Guinean teachers to design and execute STEAM after school programs in their schools – this extends the camp’s mission to continue throughout the school year. In 2018, the after school programs will begin at 5 schools in Conakry and 10 schools in villages across Guinea.
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We noticed during visits to Guinea, that access to books, which is indispensable to addressing the literacy issue in the country is limited, with few schools with libraries.
Hope of Guinea opened the first free public library in Conakry, Guinea in July 2014 at the Josip Bros Tito Primary School. The library is available to all school aged youth in the capital. We also launched a mobile library to service those in communities that do not have access to a library. The mobile library visits schools across the capital, giving students access to much needed books.
This project was realized in partnership with: the County of Dixxin, who provided the space to house the library, a computer lab and land to build a basketball and volleyball court; Books for Africa, who provided over 30,000 French books of various subjects and topics; DataWind, who donated 20 educational tablets; and the generous donations of our supporters.
Books for Peace
In 2015, Hope of Guinea partnered with the Peace Corps in Guinea and Books for Africa, to distribute over 20,000 books to 36 communities and villages where Peace Corps Volunteers teach in Guinea. This project allowed Hope of Guinea and our partners to positively impact regions outside of the capital, Conakry, where Hope of Guinea had been unable to reach before.
Books for Ebola Affected Regions
In 2016, Hope of Guinea, in partnership with Books for Africa and the Gimbel Foundation, distributed 22,000 books to schools in the Guinean regions affected by the ebola virus. The ebola outbreak and subsequent school closures had a profound impact on the education system in Guinea. In a country that already has some of the lowest education indicators, students were deprived of months of schooling. Our aim with this project was to do our part to get students back on track with their studies.
Librarian Training Project with Uni.e.s pour apprendre – United for Learning
Taking advantage of the spotlight placed on Guinea with the 2017 World Book Capital in Conakry, Hope of Guinea and United for Learning hosted a weeklong librarian training for librarians from all over Guinea in September 2017. Librarians from the four regions of Guinea and 12 prefectures participated the training. The training had 5 major components:
1) Management (organization, checking out system, etc.)
2) Community activities and programs
3) Library and school collaboration
4) Digital reading with tablets, smartphones, and computers
5) Reinforcing the librarian network in the country
As part of the training, an online librarian forum was created so that librarians can continue to collaborate and share ideas and resources. The trainees also received kindle fire tablets for their libraries to use for programs, activities, and for monitoring and evaluation.
We constructed a basketball and volleyball court at Jozip Bros Tito Primary School to keep students active and provide them with extra curricular activities that keep them out of the streets and reduce juvenile delinquency. Sports activity has been evidenced to help improve academic achievement. It can affect cognitive skills, attitudes and academic behavior, including enhanced concentration, attention and improved classroom behavior. Sports can also positively affect social and personal development among young people, this can include self-esteem, goal setting and leadership (GAO, 2012).
On the occasion of the International Month of the Child, Hope of Guinea distributed more than 500 toys, clothing and educational supplies to three orphanages in Conakry, Guinea: Dimakanet in Hamdallaye; Centre Source de Vie in Yataya; and Kiridiya in Matoto.