Two amongst the numerous problems bothering most people in Akuapim North are; the drastic fall in academics due to lesser presence of ultra-modern educational structures and the fact that mordinity has gradually led to the diminishing of the richness of the Akuapim culture.
Trend Vogue in collaboration with Larteh community leaders proposed a solution to curb these problems thus leading to the birth of LACOLT.
Proposed Solution (LACOLT)
To start with, LACOLT has tasked itself to stay committed to being of constant help to children who fall within the age bracket of 4 to 15 years. These children are presumed to be at the Basic Education level (thus, from Kindergarten 1 all the way to Junior High School 3). In attempt to make this dream a reality, LACOLT structured series of educational programs and successfully partnered with the traditional leaders in Larteh who agreed to release the town's community centre as an assembly point. Our first educational project was dubbed "Do You Really Think You Can Read" which wonderfully turned out to be nothing but a fat success. This initiative was first implemented within the year 2016 and since then, has been repeated once annually
Reading books for both English and the main local languages (Akuapim Twi & Larteh) were procured for the event. Traditional leaders, educationists, retired teachers, ex-servicemen amongst a few other reading loving stakeholders were invited and sheduled to read and discuss with the children. Some popular books read under the event were:
For over four years from now (2020), Trend Vogue togerther with the larteh community leaders have been the only funders of the Do You Think You Can Read Project. We would really appreciate your support in any way possible. To volunteer or support our initiative, contact me below and lets see how best we can contribute to the lives of these wonderful kids in Akuapim-North District. Also the estimated for the next event is provided on the image above. We are counting on your support to help make this program a success.
LARTEH is a guan community on the Akuapim Ridge with a rich cultural heritage. The language of the people of Larteh is unique and binds them togerther. However, mordinity is gradually adulterating the richness and deepness of the language and this has become a worry to the Chiefs and Elders of the land. This is especially a bother, when one considers the fact that; cultural heritage which language plays a key role in will be handed to the youth who are supposedly future leaders.LACOLT believes culture is a way of life that should be preserved and most importantly, passed down from generations to generations.
In view of this, LACOLT deviced certain measures to make sure young children in Akwapim-North remained physically and mentally nourished culturewise right from their grassroot.
LACOLT preserves culture amongst young children at the primary level by providing cultural amenities such as the talking drum, cultural books written by local authors with rich cultural background and in the local language. Tutors have also been employed to teach these young ones how to communicate properly through language and drumming. Last but not the least, tutors teach these children how to read and write within their native language as well.
In addition, LACOLT has put in numerous measures in place just to achieve this objective. At least, once every month, LACOLT visits neighboring primary schools within Akwapim-North just to teach students about the cutural heritage of the land.
...Souvenirs such as books and pencils and pens are then awarded to students who show much interest and participate the most. This act has gone on for over six years now.
LACOLT organizes Cultural Programs for young children. For example one cultural program conducted two years ago dubbed Cultural Fest.
These programs seek to enrich young ones with quality culture which would allow them fit into society with ease. During this program, they are taught the lands customs and their meanings, how to properly greet and relate to the elderly, how to behave within the public, how to address strangers, how to talk when found within the Chief's Palace and other places.
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For some years now, young children visiting LACOLT's premises have expanded more than twice the rate we anticipated. Approximately twice the number we can contain or cater for. LACOLT is extremely happy and proud of this feat. But with every great achievement comes a huge responsibility. As the local adage goes: "Dia ofro dua pa no na ye pia no" Translated as "He who climbs a good tree deservers a push."
More TLMs needs to be procured and new staffs employed. Your donations and contributions can help us do more.
Again, the face of LACOLT's infrastructure needs a revamp. The infrasturacture here have worn-out and desperately needs a facelift. Your support in any kind could help us achieve these stated problems.
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Our Mission and Objectives
This is because we believe children are the leaders of the future; meaning the ones who will take control of matters when we are no more. Therefore, there is a need to provide them with the adequate foundation necessary to propel them to spearhead this task to the next level. We also believe quality education should be available to all. (Whether rich or poor), all should have a proper foundation to tune the mind within the right direction.
Our Mission and Objectives
LACOLT seeks to drastically eradicate the high rate of illitracy amongst children by providing them with good books to read and a library along side free continous home tuition aswell from time to time.
LACOLT seeks to preserve culture amongst young children by visiting basic schools from time to time and organizing cultural events for them to appreciate their culture through music, drumming and dancing. Spectators (the kids) will then be given the opportunity to participate, practice and corrected.
LACOLT has plans on awarding scholarship certificates to deserving students who come out with flying colors within their B.E.C.E results. Also very brilliant students whose parents cannot afford their fees (orphans inclusive) could apply for a scholarship opportunity aswell.
All work and no play trully makes Jack a dull boy as the saying goes. Entertainment programs will be organized for kids just to refresh their minds and exploit their hidden talents. Talents such as singing, reading, dancing, reading shall be discovered and built upon.
LACOLT organizes various reading programs to teach children how to read and improve their vocabulary. They also get the chance to get acquainted with great personalities who pass on personal traits to them. Socialization also helps young ones to meet new people and broaden their spectrum of friends.
LACOLT'S STAND AT THE MOMENT
Programs Organized So Far
LACOLT in partnership with Larteh Community Chiefs promises next year's reading event to be more fun and intuitive. Anticipate! Also, make it a point to join us.
Cultural fest is not yet fully planned, we call on your support to help make this program a successful one. LACOLT and the children within Akuapim-North are counting on your S-U-P-P-O-R-T to contribute in making this dream a reality.
COMMENTS FROM THE FOUNDERS
With much sincerity, I believe the world is an ever flowing pasture of support which needs to be studied.
And by reading at every venture, even the weakling can thrive.
Let Us Support To Empower!
Capturing and Gathering the pieces of our culture will enable the youth grow to become strong pillars of society.