An important part of MKA’s vision is to share skills with our community. Music is a powerful tool to help children who are non-verbal to express themselves. Nii Noi Nortey (our music teacher) is passionate and dedicated to working with children with special needs. As part of our programme, he visits the Accra Psychiatric Hospital weekly with his colleague, Nii Otoo (drums and guitar) and plays for the children and Nurses. Sometimes, JC Abbey, Puppeteer, joins the team. After the session in the Children's Ward, they go to CAROSS, the special school situated inside the Hospital. The joy and release of the children is clear to see in the small boy to the right of the photograph who is so gleeful.
Kofi Moses captured the hearts of the the BBC film crew during the filming sessions at MKA because he was so open and clearly enjoyed the camera. Kofi attends MKA once a week to join Ruby Class for lessons in Literacy and Numeracy. Kofi also has Speech Therapy and Physio therapy. He is accompanied by Samson Baidoo, special needs teacher from Children's Ward of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. Kofi's weekly trip to MKA is sponsored by Teachers Beyond Borders and by MKA.
As part of MKA's Outdoor Education programme all students visited Tornu, in the Volta Region, to study Rural Life in Ghana. As part of this three day residential trip, students joined the local JSS to see how the school day went in rural Ghana. In exchange, students from Tornu visited MKA last week to drum and dance during our parent's Open Day.
MKA has a community link with Tornu School, in the Volta Region, through MIdogo Foundation The Head of Tornu School, Ben and one member of staff Steven are joining MKA staff to train in Systems Thinking. The two week training is led by Jan Bisschops of Fascinating Education. MKA is very excited about how some of the Systems Thinking techniques like mind mapping, connection circles, behaviour over time graphs will help engage the children in interactive learning.Thanks to Vodafone for funding Jan's flight to Ghana. Thanks to Jan for his time, especially since this is his holiday period!
MKA works in partnership with Teachers Beyond Borders to support the children and staff of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. We facilitate specialist input in the special school inside the hospital grounds (CAROSS) and the Children's Ward and we also offer a weekly Integration Programme for some of the children at the MKA school site. This input includes direct intervention from a range of therapies and training for teachers and care givers.
This is Veronika Hanson, who trained in Appropriate Paper Technology (APT). Veronika has just won a small grant that has enabled her to open her own workshop in APT in Dzorwulu, Accra. Veronika trained in APT at New Horizon Special School, the school her daughter who has Cerebral Palsy, attended. As part of MKA Community Outreach, students will be collecting newspaper and cardboard (including cereal boxes) to enable Veronika to make assistive equipment for the CP children at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The activity programme is led by Victor, a long term volunteer and artist in the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. MKA co-ordinates with Victor to place volunteers and interns who can help the children living on the ward.
If you are a University Intern or a volunteer with relevant experience, and would like to join this programme, please Mandy @ multikidsgh.com or mail us through the Teachers Beyond Borders website..
8 University of Ghana, Legon, students did a three month internship with MKA and several took up their placement at CAROSS, where they had the opportunity to teach ICT to some of the older students. Computers were donated by IT School's Africa and HarperCollins and projects implemented by Teachers Beyond Borders.
Many of the children who live at the ward of The Accra Psychiatric Hospital need physiotherapy input. As part of their placement at MKA, interns have the opportunity to interact with the children and aim to train the nurses in some physio techniques. Grace a nurse who accompanies Kofi Moses to MKA on his Integration Programme is now following a course where she is learning how to use basic physio, occuptional therapy and speech therapy techniques to support the children in the ward.