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Vocational School at Nazareth Home for God's Children

Project Location: Yendi, Ghana

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The workshop which is located close to the school

About the Project

Working alongside Sister Stan and the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love (MASEL), Catholic Mission seeks to support the building and equipping of a fully operational vocational training school.

The school will offer classes in basketry, hairdressing, carpentry, baking and sewing. This will not only benefit the children at the Nazareth Home for God’s Children, but also all other children in the Yendi Diocese, which is situated in the Upper East Region, Ghana.

The project is divided into two phases:

Phase one: GHCT-1200010 Constructing a vocational school
Phase two:
GHCT-1200038 Resourcing and equipping the school

Currently, there are 80 children residing in the Nazareth Home for God’s Children. Of these 80 children, 12 attend primary school in the nearby town of Tamale. However, as many children at the Nazareth Home for God’s Children are born with a disability, it makes it difficult to send them to the primary school due to the lack of a support structure in the school.

Access to education for children with disability is an issue across the world.

There is also a problem in Yendi, being that most forms of employment require a trade or skillset that will not be acquired at school.

Sister Stan has recognised this gap and has pledged to work alongside Catholic Mission and build what will be the only vocational school in the diocese. She also views this as a great way to break down barriers and stigma surrounding children with disabilities as the school will integrate children from the wider community along with the children at Nazareth Home for God’s Children.

  1. Percent of children with disability, aged three years and over receive no formal education
    40

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Doors being fitted to buildings

Achievements so far

Phase one of the project has been completed except for installing the false ceiling in the classrooms. The internal roofing structure has already been installed, which will mean that the instillation of the ceiling will be an easy task to complete, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Since the last update, Catholic Mission programs team have visited the project site and staff were able to see progress of the project firsthand. The Vocational School has eight classrooms, four bathrooms, each with space for four toilets and a separate workshop about 50 metres away from the school, which will be used for classes that use louder machinery. All classrooms now have windows and doors fitted.

Catholic Mission is in discussions with Sister Stan as to when phase two will be able to commence, and what actions can be taken to continue following the governments COVID-19 restrictions.

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Children at the home who will benefit from the vocational school

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Windows installed in new building

Conclusion

The Vocational School at Nazareth Home for God’s Children will not only be a much-needed educational facility for the children at the Home, but the whole community. The school will aim to provide a brighter future and equip students with the skills needed to find employment in the Yendi Diocese. Phase two of the project is currently on pause as resources need to be sourced and collected from cities which are currently inaccessible due to COVID-19; however, once restrictions are lifted equipping can commence at pace.