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MOTTO: "Encourage, Empower, and Flourish together"
An ongoing series of informational entries
S&D is a brainchild of Dr. David Adu-Amankwah (Uncle Dave). The idea to establish the network matured in 2002 after Uncle Dave returned to Indiana University, USA, from collecting data in Ghana for his Ph.D. dissertation. He was greatly alarmed during his visit by the depth to which cultural and educational standards had fallen, coupled with the multitude of school drop-outs, unprotected orphans and widows, and unemployed Ghanaian youth. This sad picture led him to believe that it was time to do something to help put our future leaders on a sound cultural, moral, and emotional footing; and to empower virtually forgotten members of the society.
It was rather pathetic to hear stories such as 50% (or more) of B.E.C.E. candidates failing the final examination, thousands of J.S.S. graduates dropping out of school and roaming the streets without meaningful jobs, and, the most unfortunate of all, many young Ghanaians slowly but surely losing their rich cultural heritage. Put simply, time was ripe to fill the major gaps in Ghana’s education and to include the literally excluded in society.
Operations at S&D just began, with our first Test Facilitation Center located in Accra. Additional service centers and schools will soon open in the communities. Meanwhile, hostel facilities (for non-Kwabenya-Brekuso resident students) will be completed on our new campus shortly, and room allocation shall strictly be on 'first come, first served' basis. Flexible payment plans are currently available, so do arrange to talk to us!
In short, Standard Pioneers Ventures is a network of schools, family centers, store houses, and service centers established in the communities, and it helps to: (1) include the virtually excluded individuals in society; (2) provide the social, moral, emotional, and academic skills essential for children and adolescents to enter first-class high schools and quality universities to eventually become effective contributors to Ghana and beyond; and (3) understand and appreciate Ghanaian languages and cultures.
*Uncle Dave leads another language-based project, called African language Services International (ALSI),
in the United States of America.