KVNC-USA STUDENT-TEACHER PROGRAM
In 2009, KVNC-USA asked some of the graduated Nkosohen scholars to act as mentors and student teacher-aides to help in the Kuntu schools. With guidance from Mr. John Craymah, a Kuntu primary school teacher, Benjamin Ampiah, Joseph Craymah, Janet Intsiful and Charles Osam-Pinakoh began mentoring and tutoring Kuntu primary school students. The student teachers receive a small monthly stipend.
The student teacher program has become a very successful program. The student teachers are also becoming active village leaders.
Currently John Appiah and King Quansah are student teacher-aides in the Kuntu JHS. This is the 4th year for John. He aids and mentors in JHS Form-1 (equivalent to 7th grade) with students who enter JHS needing additional help. He is also my barber! This is the 2nd year for King as student-teacher. King (pictured with me and Kuntu JHS headmaster, Mrs. Acheapong) was in the Ghana youth service. He helps teaching computers at Kuntu JHS.
Joseph Craymah graduated from Mankessim SHS in 2009. Since 2010 he has been teaching in class 4 (4th grade) of the Kuntu Primary School. Janet Intsiful graduated from Ekumfi T.I. Ahmadiyya SHS in 2009. She helped in the Kuntu nursery in 2010 and 2011 and now is teaching in the Primary School kindergarten.
Hannah Osam-Pinankoh graduated Kwegyir Aggrey SHS in 2010. She took charge of the Kuntu nursery in 2010 when the government abruptly stopped supporting the nursery program. The Kuntu nursery is now a KVNC-USA - Kuntu parent program.
The student teachers have given-back for 4 years waiting for support to continue their education. They have made applications to enroll in various colleges and other training programs in 2013. We have pledged to help them. If they leave Kuntu, other SHS graduates will take their places as Kuntu teachers-aides-tutors-mentors.