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A SUDDEN DREAM-COME-TRUE
We, Merikerttu and Suleman, had had a dream to build and establish our own school one day. Realistically, we thought this would be possible when we would be 40-50-years-old.
Mekku has made two trips to Pusiga Town (800 km from Accra metropol), in 2013 and 2015. These were family visits, getting to know Akparibos and their extended family and their local town. The experiences have been utterly warm, friendly and welcoming. Being from countryside herself, Pusiga felt more like home to Mekku than the metropolitan Accra. Suleman had also inherited land there, and we thought that this would be the land to build the school on.
In the meanwhile, in 2018-2019, Suleman has built a house for our own family. We thought that it would be better to have a place of our own always when we travel there, instead of staying in someone else's home - practically, the homes in Pusiga are quite full already. This was also meant to encourage us to travel Ghana and Pusiga more often - and to prepare us to establish the school, one day. We have planned even build extra rooms for possible international teacher trainees one day - that's why the land for the house is big enough.
At any time, Suleman had made it clear that if some news about considering our school plan were there, they should let him know.
Then, all of a sudden, Suleman got a phone call in August 2019. The news were surprising and confusing - we were offered an opportunity to buy a school that was already running. The current owner was to retire and wanted to sell the school for someone, who would take it further and invest in it.
We saw our chance. There was really nothing to thing about.
We bought Christ the King School in October 2019 and changed the name to Mekku's International School, according to the owner.
Our dream happened much sooner than we thought. Once this happened, we are able to make this school in Pusiga our committed life and family project.
EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO STUDY
The school should be available for everyone because everyone has a right to learn. We enable this through moderate school fees that are achievable to the parents - without taking away from the teaching quality. We want to educate both boys and girls and teach everyone with the same rules, not depending on the background of the child. For us, pupils' motivation and joy of learning are the best indicators of a succesful schooling.
We are working towards our own scholarship funding system. Our target is that those parents who really struggle to pay the school fees, but the children would be motivated to learn and the parents would be ready to educate them, the scholarship system could enable the schooling in these cases. The parents could apply for funding for one or several terms. The funds in the system will come from AfricaAfrica product sales (Finland), school profits, possible donations and any other ways that come to us.
We will create a strict book keeping systems for this purpose. We also give updates on our website - and personally, if relevant - how the money meant for scholarships has been used. The system should be fair for all, and therefore needs proper thought before establishment.
ADMINISTRATION MONITORING IN GHANA AND FINLAND
All the administrators monitor the school register and finance accounts from both home countries of the school. This has been made possible through online services. In this way, it's easy to keep up-to-date what is happening in real time and discuss with genuine information on both sides.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND EQUIPMENT COUNTS
The fascilities will be as good as possible. The venue and the building's condition are very important to the parents and the staff. By making them appropriate we lift everyone's motivation and spirit to learn and work better.
The first shipment of used school furniture has arrived to Pusiga in October 2020. We are periodically looking for school furniture and equipment (used but in good condition) from Finland to be sent to Pusiga.
There is an established tradition to make parents and teachers meet once a term. This is a forum where both the parents and the staff (the school management) can ask questions from each other, discuss and work towards development and common solutions.
We will keep up with this valuable and useful system. An honest discussion between school and homes is vital.
The staff meets regularly once a month. In these meetings, they discuss any important matters that have come up and create solutions or get the crucial updates. It is also very important to keep up the friendly and accepting spirit and support within the staff because that keeps on the motivation at the work place.
We will put more new pictures to the website regularly to show the progression of our journey. The progression of all our plans will be followed and documented here.
We will continue constructing the building into its best possible shape.
The furniture will be changed into better ones according to the possibilities. We want to make sure that there is a desk and a chair for every student and that teachers will have good teaching equipment.
Our plan is to equip computer classroom with 60 or more desktop computers for the students to learn essential IT skills of the modern system. In the Upper Easter Region, this kind of computer classroom is very rear.
The learning materials will be in good shape and up-to-date.
French is one of the important international languages in Ghana and whole Africa. We want to bring a French teacher from Togo or Burkina Faso to our school.
The plan is also to add basic Finnish language course to the study variety seasonally.
AFTERNOON AND EVENING STUDIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS
We want to provide young people and adults an opportunity to study.
INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS' STUDY PERIODS
The teacher students globally are making international internships and study periods all around the world. Africa has become more and more interesting destination to many. We want to work with higher education school departments and offer a place where the teacher students can fulfil their practical study period.
Africa is an interesting destination for many volunteers who wish to work in local schools abroad. Ghana is safe destination for travellers. Our school will be one possibility for volunteers in the future.