As part of their Capstone Project with Teach For Ghana, Teach For Ghana Fellows Livingstone Delali Agbo and Obed Nhyira Sam, worked with the community in which they were placed to establish a library and computer lab at the Metsrikasa School, which opened in 2018. The Metsrikasa D/A Basic School is located in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region, Ghana. The school has a population of 245 pupils from kindergarten to Junior High School 3. This is the first library and computer lab to be established in the District. The aim of the project is to promote a reading culture and literacy among pupils in the school.
During their placement at the school they also managed to execute an afterschool reading program for students across all levels in the school. They also facilitated a letter exchange program through Yo Ghana that allowed their students to write and receive letters from students in select schools within the United States. Yo Ghana, through a grant application process, awarded their school with a printer/scanner to facilitate letter exchange. In addition, they erected 48 placards with motivational messages on trees on the school compound aimed at promoting a reading culture among students.
They believe that this project will inspire leadership amongst the pupils as they are made largely responsible for the management of the facility with minimal supervision from the school’s administration and the PTA.
The main funders for the library project were; The community, Parents Teachers Association, Yo Ghana, Scholars in Our Society and Africa (SOSA), Read Ghana Foundation, and some individuals. Everyday People funded the school painting project and the signs on the trees on the school compound. Reading Spots donated books to the project in December 2018 and hopes to continue the partnership as the library is opened up to the entire community and continues to grow.