As part of the CAS (Creativity Action Service) component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program that the school runs, penultimate-year students traditionally undertake a project of their own design, to meet a need within the community.
Past projects have included:
“HIVE”: A fundraiser held by the Class of 2018 to support the Mampong School for the Deaf and The Akropong School for the Blind, focusing on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 6: QUALITY EDUCATION and CLEAN WATER.
“PAMOJA”: A Swahili word meaning together –chosen in the belief that together, individuals can make the greatest change. Funds raised from Pamoja, which was spearheaded by the Class of 2019, were used to support local female farmers at the Aklamador Village in the Volta Region of Ghana, through a micro-finance scheme the school had initiated prior. The goal was to help achieve a significant increase in crop yield, and eventually raise income to support the education of the farmers’ children in line with the first two United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: NO POVERTY, ZERO HUNGER
Last year’s cohort (SOS HGIC Class of 2020), dubbed their project “SPECTRUM”, focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: GOOD HEALTH and WELL-BEING. The resourceful students set a target to raise funds to purchase much-needed equipment to support the work of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Tema General Hospital. Over the course of the past academic year, our then IB1 students organized fundraising activities such as a Sponsored Walk, Silent Auction, Variety Night, Car Washes, and Sponsorship Appeals to corporate partners.
The consistent efforts of the students yielded great results and they were able to raise over GHC 110,000 (One Hundred and Ten Thousand Ghana Cedis), part of which was used to purchase two incubators and three phototherapy machines to aid the treatment of premature babies at the Tema General Hospital NICU.
A group of 25 excited students, 9 Staff Members, 5 parents and 3 alumni, made their way to the Tema General Hospital on Friday 27th September, 2019 to donate the equipment. They were accompanied by our Vice Principals, Mr Akita and Mrs Dadson, who congratulated the students for their innovative ideas and resolute execution over the course of the year. The Greater Accra Regional Director of Health, Dr Charity Sarpong, expressed sincere gratitude on behalf of the hospital and indeed, the Ghana Health Service, and lauded the students for taking action when they saw a need in the community.
The parent of an alum herself, Dr Sarpong added that it was inspiring that individuals as young as the cohort, could achieve so much when they set their minds to it.
The Head Boy of the school, Andrew, referencing the first line of the school prayer; “May we ever be mindful, of all who belong to our community”, shed light on why their class opted to assist the Tema General Hospital NICU. He spoke about the fulfilment the class felt knowing that their donation would help make a difference in the lives of pre-term and jaundiced babies that found themselves at the hospital. Andrew also thanked the Senior Management Team of the School, the CAS Coordinators, Parents, Staff, Alumni and all Corporate Sponsors, for supporting and encouraging them throughout the project.
It was smiles all round as the doctors and nurses rejoiced over the donation and our students beamed with pride and joy, returning to the school singing
“KNOWLEDGE IN THE SERVICE OF AFRICA, FOREVER…”
The SOS HGIC IB Diploma Class of 2020 has raised the bar of excellence
and commitment to a cause, that we hope subsequent classes and even students outside the school will emulate. The solutions to Africa’s problems lie in the hands of its citizens and SOS HGIC is proud to raise students who embrace and embody this ethos.