BCS and ZIS are currently working on several projects to improve BCS’s educational program and campus. Below are a few projects initiated this year (2013-14):
Basketball/Sport field construction (COMPLETED)
Ibi loved how the kids reacted to basketball. He hopes to get a sports surface for sports like soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc. Dan Allen is currently in the process of raising funds for the surface that will cost approximately 10,000 CHF with labor and materials. This court will help benefit the physical education program in
BIS. Dan is looking for people to donate money for the cause and so far it has been a success, fund raising efforts are underway. We hope to have the funds by July of 2016 to insure it will be finished by the trip in October 2016 so ZIS students can educate the BIS children on the sports.
University of Winneba partnership development
In February 2013, before the Team Ghana group had landed in Accra, Nick Bentley flew into Kumasi to meet with Miss Teresa at the University of Winneba in the hopes of securing a partnership between Winneba and BCS. With this partnership, Miss Teresa would contact a teacher training college nearby and secure them placement at BCS. While most of their peers are forced to find placement themselves, this partnership would allow for the teachers at this college to have a predetermined placement for them as well as free accommodation nearby. At the same time, BCS can benefit exponentially – the students will benefit from an elevated level of teaching and the teachers will be able to learn from them and develop an understanding of what it takes to be a truly good teacher. Before this partnership was secured however, BCS would have to receive a B rating from the Ghana Education Service Yet and find suitable accommodation for the incoming teachers. These teachers in training at the University of Winneba now not only teach at BCS, but also provide training to the current teachers of BCS.
Completion of third classroom block and bathrooms (COMPLETED)
In December 2012, in order to accommodate the influx of new students to BCS, the third classroom block on the property was constructed. This building provides 5 additional classrooms.10 bathrooms were also built at this time. The new classrooms have white boards, large tables and glass windows. They accommodate the increase in student numbers and provide a better learning environment for children in all age groups.The new bathrooms have European style toilets which provides a more germ resistant environment for students and teachers. Both of these projects were finally completed and both buildings were being used as of July 2013.
Current Construction of new library and fourth classroom block (COMPLETED)
BCS and ZIS are currently working towards finishing the third classroom block (seen right). The newest classroom block will be built on the location of the oldest block, which was in need of renewal. The classroom will be facilitated with modern school white-boards and other classroom furniture. Along with new, bigger classrooms, the block will provide room for a library. ZIS is bringing hundreds of books with plastic covers over to BCS. To read more about the library project, click here.