The Play & Learn Foundation has big plans for the future and there's no signs of slowing down!
In the short- and medium-term, PAL will be expanding its programming to other underserved communities in Ghana. We are currently partnering with the Volta Revival Foundation and the Maranatha Beach Camp School to work with children in the Ada Foah community of the Volta region. In the long-term, PAL will develop partnerships and programmes across Ghana, and throughout the West African region and Africa, as a whole.
Play and Learn Foundation (PAL) Summer Exchange & Volunteerism Program offers non-Ghanaian students (15+) from PAL Norway and PAL USA the opportunity to experience Ghanaian culture through cultural immersion within the classroom, community service, and field trips designed to facilitate direct community interaction. This program will be comprised of three major parts;
PAL Exchange Students will learn about the history of Ghana through dance classes provided by the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana.
PAL Exchange Students will work at University Staff Basic School and the La Bawaleshie Community School in the Okponglo and Bawaleshie respectively.
PAL Exchange Students will work at University Staff Basic School and the La Bawaleshie community School in the Okponglo and Bawaleshie respectively.
Another programme that will serve to diversify our current line up is our highly anticipated Learning on the Go programme. Learning on the Go will serve to engage PAL youth beyond the football field and classroom and introduce them to historic and cultural experiences they would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in. Even in the Greater Accra Region alone, there are a plethora of historic sites and cultural attractions which would serve to broaden our students' knowledge and understanding of their own history and culture. In order to ensure the sustainability of this programme, PAL is working towards the purchase of a large van to facilitate transportation and minimize recurring costs. This van will also serve as an income generating tool, as it will be available for rental to other groups and organizations when not being used for PAL programming.
PAL also plans to diversify our programming for current participants. One way in which we will do this is by offering day-programming on Saturdays, based off of our Mobile Library. We have recognized that our kids need a safe, fun, and educational space to spend their free time on the weekends. Currently, children are spending time at game centres or wandering their unsafe neighbourhoods. This programme will offer youth a fun, friendly, and supervised environment in which to be social, read a book, or work on arts and crafts.
Another major initiative for Play & Learn is the construction of a Community Center with football facilities. The community center would serve as a more permanent and well-resourced home for PAL programming. Included in the community center will be a library, an IT room, and a large multi-purpose classroom space. The community center will also have football facilities, specifically an artificial turf pitch with lighting and storage space for equipment.
PAL is developing a camp that will run during the summer of 2018. Ensuring that some degree of programming continues into the summer months will prevent backsliding of the progress our PAL youth have made throughout the school year. Furthermore, not only will this provide organized and safe fun for many of PAL's current participants, but it will also serve to engage more children from nearby communities. Though we hope to provide scholarships for PAL participants to attend this camp, there will also be another stream of this programming, targeted to higher-income households and children attending international schools, that will be used as another income generating activity.