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Sports Day: Staff and Students Play Soccer

The students and the staff of Help Liberia Foundation Community School had fun on the soccer field two Saturdays ago, when they challenged each other in a friendly match.

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The games were played in both football and kickball. The staff beat the students in both games, but the students complained that they were intimidated and cheated, while the staffers say they won because they were more professional.

The jerseys used by both students and staff were brought by our European guests last year, for which we remain grateful to them.

 

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HLF School Changes Focus: From Child Sponsorship to Teacher Sponsorship

Based on experience, observation, and well-thought-of advice, Help Liberia Foundation Community School has made a strategic change in one of its long-term focal programs – the Child Sponsorship Program.

Mr. Harry posing with staffers at the end of a teachers’ workshop held last year.

At the moment, we have nine staffers, and we are paying about US$200 per month on salaries, depending on the exchange rate at the end of the month. We are paying some staffers US$20 and others US$30 per month.

For now, it is only Lena Marner and Anneli Hammarström of Sweden who are helping with the payment of teachers’ monthly salaries. If we are able to get ten (10) sponsors, each committing himself/herself to paying US$20 per month, we can raise the US$200. Still, if we can get 20 persons who can commit themselves to paying US$10 per month, we can raise the US$200.

That said, our goal for the not-too-distant future is actually to pay each teacher at least US$40 per month, which might be around US$400 per month, if the funds are available through the Teacher Sponsorship. We know this will still be low, but it will be by far better than what they are being paid for now, which will help to keep them in the school, instead of applying to a new school at the end of the year because of better salary.

Therefore, we are, through this medium, appealing to all individuals and institutions of good will to kindly think about participating in the Teacher Sponsorship Program, as it will help us to retain our teachers, pay our teachers regularly, keep running the school uninterrupted, and have more kids in the school to learn without the school thinking about charging or collecting exorbitant fees from their poor parents, or about sending kids home because they didn’t pay fees on time.

Some Advantages Associated with the Teacher Sponsorship

Generally, we have decided to focus on Teacher Sponsorship because it has more sustaining and problem-free consequences for the kids in the school and its operation. Some of the advantages associated with the Teacher Sponsorship are as follows:

  1. The Teacher Sponsorship amount paid by any sponsor will go toward general salary payment, and not for a specific teacher. In a sense, every teacher benefits.
  2. There will not be a person-to-person relationship between the teachers and the sponsors, as it was the case with the Child Sponsorship.
  3. If a teacher leaves the school for any reason, it does not affect the sponsorship.
  4. All the teachers may periodically send a signed thank-you letter to each sponsor with a photo showing the staffers, instead of each teacher writing a specific and separate letter to a sponsor.
  5. A sponsor is not under any obligation to write letters to a specific teacher, as was done under the Child Sponsorship.
  6. The sponsor does not have to think about sending gift money for a specific teacher, as was done in the Child Sponsorship. And
  7. The Teacher Sponsorship not only helps teachers to stay in the school, it also helps us to give more and more students the opportunity to get and stay in school because if there is money to pay the staffers every month, no child will be charged exorbitant fees or sent home all because they didn’t pay the required fee on time.

In view of the foregoing, the school has, with immediate effect, cancelled the Child Sponsorship Program and replaced it with the Teacher Sponsorship Program. This new policy does not automatically cancel the status of the few children currently under sponsorship; it will remain in force until it naturally fades out.

Why the Change?

The change from Child Sponsorship to Teacher Sponsorship came about as a result of numerous problems experienced under the Child Sponsorship. For example, the following problems, among other things, were experienced under the program:

  1. Some sponsored children leave the school because their parents have moved to a new far-away location.
  2. Others leave because a relative of theirs in a distant location has decided to adopt them.
  3. Some kids leave because they went to spend time somewhere, and they didn’t return.
  4. Some female students leave because they got pregnant (teen-age pregnancy).
  5. Others leave the school because they finished the school.
  6. Some drop from school because they realize that they have out-grown the classes they are in and are ashamed of being in those classes with kids by far younger than they were.
  7. Some just decide to drop out of school for no apparent reason.
  8. Sometimes, some sponsors stop the sponsorship for many different reasons, putting the sponsored child and their parents in an awkward position.

When a child abruptly leaves the school as a result of one of the first six (6) reasons given above, especially where a sponsor has already started a relationship with the child, it creates serious problems. And writing a sponsor that their sponsored child is no longer in the school creates serious embarrassment and puts the school in an awkward position. At times, we write the sponsor to inform them that the child has left the school, while at the same time recommending a new child, only to find out in two or three months that the newly named child has also left the school. This sometimes creates doubts and affects the credibility of the school and those in charge. The Teacher Sponsorship will end these problems.

Of course, in conclusion, we wish to thank all of you who have sponsored needy Liberian children over the years, because your sponsorship helped a lot of kids to get their basic education. The focus is now teacher sponsorship.

HLF Conducts Teachers’ Workshop

In a bid to prepare teachers for the 2018/2019 academic year, Help Liberia Foundation Community School conducted a one-day refresher workshop for teachers on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Participants listening

Participants listening

The workshop, which started at 8:30am and ended around 3:pm, brought together both old and new teachers of the school, as well as teachers of other schools, as radio announcements were made for other teachers to join the interactive workshop. There were (15) fifteen persons all together, including teachers and lecturers.

Mr. Massaquoi lecturing

Mr. Massaquoi lecturing

Four different areas were presented on, namely, Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, Testing and Evaluation, and The Teacher: His Professionalism and Language. The lecturers were Mr. Paul Yeenie Harry, who lectured on The Teacher: His Professionalism and Language; Mr. Jones Massaquoi, who lectured on Lesson Planning and Testing and Evaluation; and Mr. Charles Mendscole, who lectured on Classroom Management.

Cross-section of the attendees

Cross-section of the attendees

We are grateful to all those who are helping us to run the school.

Teachers listening to a lecturer

Teachers listening to a lecturer

Teachers and lecturers posing after the workshop

Teachers and lecturers posing after the workshop

Lunch break – rice and red oil potato greens

Lunch break – rice and red oil potato greens

HLF Conducts Pre-Second Semester Teachers’ Workshop

Before the start of the second semester, our school conducted a two-day Teachers’ Workshop on the campus of the school in Korduah Community in order to professionally refresh the faculty members before resuming classes.

Cross-section of participants at the workshop

Cross-section of participants at the workshop

The topics treated included Classroom Management, Lesson Planning and Professional Department, with various lecturers speaking on the various topics. Although it was a Teachers’ Workshop, some parents, especially the leadership of the Parent-Teacher Association P-T.A.), attended.

Because it was necessary to have food available during the two-day workshop, the school prepared sumptuous dishes and all – lecturers, teachers and parents – had enough on each day.

As usual, we are profoundly grateful to all of our friends and sponsors who are helping our school in Buchanan, especially our friends and sponsors in Sweden and in Great Britain. They are our true partners in process.

HLF School Gets New Principal

Help Liberia Foundation Community School, a school helping to provide basic education to underprivileged children in the City of Buchanan, started the new school year with a new Principal.

Mr. Charles D. P. Mendscole, Jr, the new Principal

Mr. Charles D. P. Mendscole, Jr, the new Principal

The new Principal’s name is Charles D. P. Mendscole, Jr. He is a twenty-seven-year-old senior student studying Mathematics as major and General Science as minor in the Department of Teachers’ Education at the Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC) in Buchanan.

Charles is a serious, determined and innovative young administrator who is helping to improve things at the school. He was the chief planner, as well as one of the facilitators, of the pre-opening teachers’ workshop conducted on the 15 & 16 of September. We are proud to have Charles as our new Principal and we wish him all the best.

Mr. Ben Harris, the new Registrar

Mr. Ben Harris, the new Registrar

In a related development, the school also has a new Registrar. His name is Ben Harris. Ben entered the school as a teacher during the last school year and has been appointed as Registrar as a result of his dedication and hard work. Ben is studying Electrical Engineering at the same GBCC.