How it all began
Rachel went to Ghana in 2007 to work at the Lady Heike Nursery, Cape Coast. Here she met Mike Ofori - a hugely talented, clear-sighted and kind teacher - who wanted to set up a similar project for the underprivileged children in his hometown of Saltpond.
He discussed his passion for teaching with Rachel at length, who, once she was back in the UK, told everyone she could about Mike's school project and invited them to help her fundraise/ join the team/ come to Ghana.
In April 2009, a larger team visited the proposed site to meet local education authorities, assess the need and, subsequently, buy and register the school site.
In July 2010, the SEP became an officially registered charity in England and Wales (1136738).
Once the school building was complete, we opened for teaching in September 2010. We now have over 200 children on our register supported by nine brilliant and dedicated local teachers. Our facilities include an ICT suite, library, office, bathrooms, vegetable garden and play area - complete with swing-set and ping-pong table!
Our next steps
We have now finished work on our specialised Kindergarten learning space and curriculum. Next, we will be concentrating on supplementing the Ghanaian curriculum in the same way for our Primary 1-6 classes, by creating dynamic lesson plans and providing extra resources and training in collaboration with our teachers.
In September 2015, we will begin sponsoring our Class 6 students into an approved local JHS school, monitoring their progress and welfare and then extending this sponsorship into our partner secondary schools.
Embedding and further developing our relatively progressive teaching and learning practices is a priority at this stage, but we soon hope to add a second storey to our new building, to provide more space for teaching and vocational training.
We will also be developing our adult literacy and numeracy classes, to better support the parents of our students, and help them engage with their child's development alongside their own.