Buying property, permits and licenses is only the first stage of building a new school in Ghana. This is followed with the required fencing of a sizable piece of land. It was determined that using a unique form of building - building a fence wall with sand filled, plastic bottles would be more affordable while aiding the environment. Imagine a wall of over 75,000 plastic bottles packed with sand! Plastic bottles, which take 300 years to dissolve, were put to good use. Industrial engineers approved of the long term safety these bottles, neatly filled and placed, provide. We hope this will serve as an example of recycling that makes an immediate difference.
We have completed building the fence and gate and are now building our school foundation! The structures are prepared for a 3-level building.
Our very first graduating class recently completed their BECE exams! The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the standard system for measuring successful education required for senior high school. We are very proud of our student’s results but also impressed with each student’s preparation and dedication. JHS 3 (grade 9) began to study from 7am to 6pm M-F and 4 hours on Saturday. All JHS 3 students placed in an SHS school of their choice. This was after many hours of study and sacrifice.
Students won scholarships based on their studies, character, community service and leadership. These scholarships helped students with book and uniform requirements. They will be fully prepared for their 2023-2024 school year. We can’t wait to see what their future holds!
It hardly feels like 10+ years! From starting in 2013 with 25 students to now having over 380 students, we are very proud of our progress and are looking forward to the next 10 years of Joy2TheWorld International Christian Academy.
Saturday included a visit to MakersPlace, STEAM Consultants who teach coding and robotics to fortunate students in Ghana. Another graduation including Certificates of Completion for our top 15 students who showed up every Saturday morning for training. The students worked in teams and each team created a project utilizing micro bits. While these may be common in the West, these ideas are not in use here. Our students had to use their imagination. No TV or magazines to tip them off. So we have ideas like automatic waste disposal, a test for blood pressure, and an automatic bin that separates plastic vs paper. A bit used to automatically light up a tunnel as a car drives through and even a tool able to be used in surgery for the ability to pick up very small items (or a robot to deter a bomb from a distance).
The next challenge begins again in September when school begins. Next year includes creating robots able to travel, pick up items and carry them away, all within a detailed timeline. The “pool “ tables are the playing field and the students lit up when they saw the future challenges.
We thank Makers Place for bringing technology to our daily activities at school. Joy2theWorld International Christian Academy is measured against the same standards of schools in Accra and Achimota. We are the BEST!
Author: Kathleen Gibbs
Last Term, Joy2theWorld International Christian Academy organized a wonderful trip for our noble Grade six (6) and JHS students to Tema Harbour. It was a unique opportunity for our students to learn and experience the importance of the harbours in international trade.
Upon arrival, the staff of the harbour gave our students a warm welcome. They introduced our students to the various vessels that arrive at the port, the cargoes that they carry, and the processes involved in shipping and clearing the goods.
Our students were fascinated by the huge vessels and the amount of goods that they carry. They also learned about the different types of vessels such as container ships, bulk carriers, and tankers. The staff explained how these vessels are loaded and unloaded and how the goods are moved from the ships to the warehouses.
Our students also got an opportunity to ask questions about how the harbour is managed and how the staffs ensure the safe movement of goods and vessels. They also learned about the various jobs that exist at the harbour, such as pilots, crane operators, and customs officers.
Generally, the trip was an eye-opening experience for our students. They learned about the importance of international trade, the role of the harbour in the economy and the various jobs and skills required to operate a harbour. We would like to thank the staff of the Tema Harbour for hosting us and making the trip a great success.
Author: Sarah Nana Afua Antoe
Joy2theWorld is excited to announce (near) future plans to build a new, safer building on land purchased by generous donors. This is unique to Ghana and has raised a few eyebrows (!) but we will be using recycled plastic drinking bottles filled with sand as the walls and pillars of our school.
Here is a picture of the future school building:
We will be using recycled water bottles, filled with sand and secured by wire and plaster. This is how the structure of the walls will look like (before the final plaster):
While the process is labor intensive, the details, measures and standards are very specific. The building of the proposed administrative building (above) used 43,000 recyclable water bottles. Imagine how this reduces the massive consequences of plastic bottles left on the street and on the beaches!
The same process will be used on classrooms (see picture below). It was confirmed by the Industrial Engineers in Amasaman (Gh) that these buildings are completely safe and secure.
Author: Kathleen Gibbs
The children had fun in the pool by splashing water on them, laughing, happy with each other by swimming; in fact the children really enjoyed the pool. It’s something they do not have in their homes, or in their community. So once the school (Joy2theWorld) provides the pool for the children, they really enjoy themselves. Here in Ghana about 98% of the schools do not have knowledge in these activities called swimming for fun or building a pool for their learners. But once in a while the learners should have a break from books, from class and have some fun by floating in the pool, splashing water, in fact, a lot of splashing. Teachers were around to supervise the children so one will not be hurt. Finally, the children had very good time in the pool. The children really enjoy the swimming.
Author: Sarah Nana Afua Antoe
Joy2the World International Christian Academy is a school that train students for the future through proper education, living a Christian life in the society and very discipline in all aspects of their life. Aside from formal education, there are other extra curriculum activities that the student enjoy. These includes Halloween, field trips, Easter egg hunting and Christmas parties. This makes our school stand out in the community and motivates many parents to enroll their wards here.
During this party, students took home candies and gifts like dresses, shoes and the like home. All these gifts were from our lovely sponsors and donors. The party included a graduation ceremony with our kindergarten two students who moved from there to grade one and the grade six students moving to grade seven. The students did a lot of performances that made the celebration lovely and good to watch.
Students were given certificates to climax the ceremony and their certificates will confirm that they had really completed that grade. All thanks to God, the president of the school, the staff and to all sponsors and donors for making the program a successful one.
Author: Joyce A. Akologo
We set up a visit to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission-University of Ghana with lectures and interviews with a few of Ghana’s PHD’s. We packed up the Advanced General News class and headed off to Ghana’s Atomic Energy Commission-University of Ghana offices. We haven’t had a “real” field trip in quite a while. Hopefully, the first of many more.
We were welcomed by Professor Samuel Boakye Dampare and then Dr. Francis Hasford. Our students were attending the University of Ghana and they loved it! Dr. Francis Hasford is the Head of Medical Physics. He shared his path from when he was a young man. He watched his father suffer from prostate cancer. He decided to study radiation therapy and even developed equipment that would include ALL the tests into one – the PET, the CT, and the MRI – and even has a patent on this. He travels all over Europe and Africa lecturing about treatments for cancer. He has completed 53 peer-reviewed articles. All of this and yet he opened his lecture with pictures of his 3 children and how they too plan to study Medical Physics!
This whole visit came about because our Ghana Board of Directors includes Fidelis Dery, yet another PHD! So much brilliance around us that day!
Again, in class we studied about the many Nobel Prize winners from Africa and noted that of the 46 women to ever win a Nobel Prize, 5 have been from Africa! So it’s “open season” for our students to pursue science, math, medicine and literature to help build Ghana’s future!
Author: Kathleen Gibbs
Joy2the World school is a school that teaches students to meet the academic standard. Students grow up with good morals and are well cultured. They do research in the well furnished library and enhance themselves in computer by using the computer lap in doing their own practical work. Cadet training is another one of the things the students are taught. This allows the students to learn the disciplines in military, giving students who wish to join this work in the future the basics. These basics will help them during their training and throughout their work.
Author: Joyce A. Akologo