THE ST NICHOLAS JOURNEY
This blog follows the experiences of two St Nicholas pupils.
UPDATE ON EMMANUEL ANIM- KG 1
Emmanuel had never been to school before his enrollment. Since joining St. Nicholas three months back, he has been progressing quickly in academics. Emmanuel has an artistic skill as he is good in drawing and coloring. He is able to identify and recite numbers up to 10 and recite alphabets up to N, using phonetics. He could not speak English at all but now he is able to express himself with simple vocabularies.
INTEREST AND SOCIAL LIFE
Emmanuel is interested in playing football. He freely mingles with friends but naturally, he is a reserved person. He does not retaliate when his mates offend him, rather, he makes a report to his teacher. He is very excited about school and always attends.
UPDATE ON JANET DEKPEY- KG 2
Janet is a very active student in class. When she joined the school, she did not have confidence in writing but has improved quite well now. She is able to recite and identify all the alphabets. She is able to recite numbers up to 50 and identify up to 20. She is also good in counting with objects.
INTEREST AND SOCIAL LIFE
Janet has been observed by her teacher to be interested in singing, dancing and recitals. She is a sociable person who is very free with her mates. She is cheerful most of the time and is very punctual in school. Her teacher has remarked that she is one of the promising students of the class
Emmanuel comes from a family of two set of twins, making the children five. He is the first child of the family.
His father, Joseph Napzor is a forklift operator but his mother, Francisca Awusi is unemployed and is currently nursing the last twin babies. The family lives from hand to mouth, as all dependency is on his father’s income. With such a large family to feed, the money his father makes does not get the family anywhere.
Prior to his enrolment, Emmanuel had never been to school and probably would never have, because his family is in a serious survival crisis. His admission in St. Nicholas has been such a big relief to his family who are very happy that their son has also joined in the league of education. Emmanuel is in class KG1
Janet is the daughter of Moses Dekpey who is a mechanic and Forgive Gakpetor, a seamstress. According to her mother, Janet’s father left home when she was eight months old due to marital misunderstandings. When Janet was of school going age, she was first enrolled in Marijay Academy, where her mother was working at the time. Janet remained at this school with support from her father, however, after some time, this support stopped and her mother’s salary was too little to pay for the fee, therefore, she withdrew Janet and took her to another school without her father’s knowledge. Janet’s father later discovered that she had been enrolled in another school. He gave the little support he could but was not able to do this for long. The burden then fell back to her mother who could not afford Janet’s education and as such withdrew her and sought a place for her in St. Nicholas. Prior to being enrolled in St. Nicholas, Janet was to be in Basic One, however, admission was being done mainly for KG1 and so that is the class she was admitted to on enrolment. In assessing her though, her teachers discovered that she is very smart and far above the class. Janet is in class KG2.
At St Nicholas we believe that every child deserves and education. The children who attend our school are on a journey with us from the age of 4 through to the end of their Junior High School education.
With the help of the teaching staff at St Nicholas we hope to be able to follow this journey by way of updates on our website for 2 children who joined the school in January 2023. If you would like to sponsor either of these children or another child at St Nicholas then please contact me for further information.
Barry Hedges, Trustee
Would you like to get involved?
There are many ways to get involved with St. Nicholas from sponsoring a child to, volunteering or participating in an open challenge. We have various opportunities, all of which make a difference to the lives of children living in abject poverty.