The search for one's authenticity

The search for the authentic is an advocacy program meant to help Junior High School student to unearth their individual talents so that they can choose a course at Senior High school level in relation to their talents.

Through the program, students, parents, teachers and facilitators meet to learn the importance of one's talents for future success and how they can impact their community, society and most importantly, the world at large.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

In Africa, and for that matter Africa, many people are coming out of higher and lower levels of education but the continent's challenge seems not to gain solutions from many of the graduates.

So the campaign seeks to marry talent to class room education, as against the current and existing situation where children are asked to do any course irrespective of their in-born talents.

Evidence available around the world has shown that the majority of world changers are not the 'well educated', formally, but this campaign believes that a well talented and educated person can achieve more than what the 'un-educated' has ever achieved.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

The first edition of this campaign was organised in the year 2014 for 13 Junior High Schools with collaborative help from local authorities and few stakeholders.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

The program was done in a church auditorium instead of a rented auditorium in order cut cost.

We also went back to the individual schools to thank them and have feedback from both the pupils and the teachers who attended the program to know the impact on them.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

Currently, pupils and parents are gradually getting a better understanding of the importance of one's talent in a formal education setting to the extent that schools are calling for the second edition of the program.

Again, interactions with head teachers have shown that the program is solving quite a degree of needs in the educational system of Ghana.

CHALLENGES FACED

The biggest challenge has always been money to bring on board facilitators and also to rent auditoriums big enough to host all pupils and teachers from the 13 schools. During the maiden edition, the activist used his meager personal resources.

LESSONS LEARNT

It is realized that, this program must be extended to other places to help pupils get this rich knowledge before they choose their course for the Senior High Schools.

Secondly, it was difficult to get the parents coming in as great numbers as their wards because of the economic activities of the parents, which is mostly farming.

The next section will be done in the evening at a time when the parent are back from the farms and other economic activities or better still during the weekends.

COUNTRY

Ghana

CITY

Accra