In line with the tradition of community service ever so prevalent in the school, as well as the CAS projects held by every IB1 class, the IB Class of 2018 officially announces the commencement of its project, HIVE. Months of discussion, design and planning have gone into choosing a meaningful name, logo and focus for the project, and we are excited to share our work with you. Taking inspiration from bee colonies, the class believes in the power of concerted efforts, to achieve a common goal, thus the name “HIVE.”
Mampong School for the Deaf and Akropong School for the Blind will be the beneficiaries of the funds raised, with our intervention focused on Sustainable Development Goals Four(quality education) and Six(clean water and sanitation). Special needs schools, especially the two chosen for our project, play very pivotal roles in Ghana’s educational system; however, the stigma associated with and little attention given to people with special needs have culminated in a slow deterioration of the schools’ facilities as well as poor living and learning conditions. HIVE represents our contribution to making life easier and more pleasant for people with needs that should be accommodated.
On Saturday, January 14th all IB students will be visiting the Akropong school for the Blind and the Mampong School for the Deaf, the target institutions for our fundraiser this year. The purpose is to give our students a first-hand exposure to the conditions of the school and their students to enable them relate well to the purpose of the fundraiser. They will also carry out a clean-up exercise and a need assessment survey to help us narrow down on exactly how we can help/ assist these institutions in terms of education and sanitation as per our target SDG.
This year, the organization of year group community service projects has taken on a new form. In place of committees and two overall heads, teams with sub-divisions have been introduced, each with their own coordinators and patrons. Media (with sub-teams of Writing & Documentation, Photography, Videography and Graphic Design), Social Impact, Event Organizers (Logistics, Food and Drinks and Entertainment making up sub-teams) and Finance constitute the various teams; this structure ensures maximum input of each class member and a heightened sense of dedication and drive for utmost success. Although the focus remains on HIVE, some members of the class will work on other community service projects started by previous year groups to ensure their continuity.
The underlying themes of our CAS experience as a class are sustainability, and making an impact powerful enough to resonate years after our departure from the school community. We humbly request the support of the entire school body as we engage in and present exciting activities geared at helping well-deserving members of our society.