Friday, December 5, 2008
SMAGS (ST. Mary's All Girls School) foundation stone, by far a prime placement for any volunteer. With around 500 students all secondary level (secondary equates to highschool) it has near every amenity an education volunteer could wish for: example 3 labs (max 60students per) with running water / gas and stock rooms, chem lab with a well stocked assortment of chemicals and a far amount of glassware, and a library that is has a collection that is impressive by any standards. The library and labs where a joint venture by the Ministry of Edu and Chinesse Embassy and I am very grateful for what they have done. Also a rarity at many schools, SMAGS has a computuer lab with 6 working desktops and a computer course that is an intro to computers along with an intro to microsoft word / excel. Alot of fun can be had helping students with powerpoint, many enjoy making presentations and sending them to their family and freinds. The school puts the resources to great use daily. St. Mary's is a boarding school and one of the few left due to large harsh financial diffuculties placed on the school when accomidating 500 students. Traditionally boarding schools and private school require larger school fees payed per term for 3 terms a year. While our school fees are modest by comparison it has become for seeable that fees will increase, I plan to post a blog that might help solve this problem. The next post will be all the IGA/P (Income Generating Activities / Projects) that I have implemented and will begin, hope this might help future volunteers! Eboyai Ejok *stay well.