VILLAGE FORCE CAREER ORIENTED

                        MIDDLE SCHOOL GBARNGA LIBERIA


Foundation for Recreation and Children Education

(FORCE)


PROBLEM STATEMENT

In total, 57% of children in Bong County of pre-primary and primary school Mission: The mission of age are out of school. Subsequently, over half of the children and youth of FORCE is to work with Bong County are not able to reach their full potential. Even those children communities, child friendly who are fortunate enough to enroll, lack access to educational materials, institutions and individualsm including books, uniforms and library facilities and soon drop out of school to help change the lives before completing junior high. Girls in particular are at risk, as they constitute and improve the well 60% of the total out of school children. 'Even those children who are in being of children.school experience difficulties in reading, writing and speaking Standard English. FORCE is committed to support the moral and educational


PROJECT OVERVIEW advancement of children | To break the cycle of poverty and allow Liberia's vulnerable children to to develop high self- reach their full potential, FORCE has established the Your Money, My Grades esteem, self-identity, self program. The goal of this program is to prevent children (5-15 and into their worth, moral integrity and youth) from dropping out of school by providing/securing direct financial academic excellence.

support and mentorships for high performing students. Specific objectives can be seen below.

Vision: FORCE envisions making every child a winner in life and seeks to build the desired future with children.

Objective 1: Provide scholarships to deserving children (specifically girls) who are at risk of dropping out due to financial difficulties. Output Activities:

• Engage with Schools to vet high performing students who are at risk

of dropping out due to financial hardships Scout and Secure long term financial support and mentor for every

FORCE Scholar.

• Monitor students attendance and performance in school

Geographic Area: Bong County, Liberia

Contact: Collins Street, Gbarnga Bong County, Liberia Email: Forcegbarnga@gmail.com Tel: 0880129535/0777133922

Objective 2: Provide mentorship to vulnerable children in order to develop their moral character and ensure their academic success. Output Activities:

Organize FROCE scholar events to help children engage with Successful professionals who once faced similar challenges to share their experiences. Organize career days for FORCE scholars to get introductory lessons on the nature of selecting future careers.

Liberia Study Report: Profiles of Children Out of School Report, March 2012


.Overview of FORCE Mission: The mission of FORCE is to work with communities, child friendly institutions and individuals to help change the lives and improve the wellbeing of children.

Vision: FORCE envisions making every child a winner in life and seeks to build the desired future with children. FORCE is committed to support the moral and educational advancement of children to develop high self-esteem, self-identity, self-worth, moral integrity and academic excellence.

Change Philosophy:

Home Children are the greatest assets of any society,

Every child is born as a gift with intrinsic skills, talents and intelligence that must be developed and nurtured for successful life; Every child basically needs four human capital development factors to succeed in life-good education, good health, good moral behavior, and hard work; Transforming today's world for future generation should start now with the children who are stewards for tomorrow.

Geographic Area: Bong County, Liberia

GENERAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

Collins Street, Gbarnga Bong County, Liberia Email: Forcegbarnga@gmail.com Tel: 0880129535/ 0777133922

INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF THE MONTH ACTIVITIES FORCE is a local non-governmental and non- profit organization base in Gbarnga, Bong County that work with communities, child friendly institutions and individuals to help change the lives of children, especially girls and vulnerable children in rural communities through Education, Music, Arts and Computer literacy programs.

Summarily, for the month of August 2018, FORCE conducted tutorial sessions for 337 students in many sessions from various communities around Gbarnga, Bong County. FORCE tutorial classes combines two grade levels per session (Ex. 1st &2nd Grade students attend the same sessions and Grade 3 & 4 also attend the same sessions) and review students' lessons and make sure their home works or assignments are done in the following grade subjects; Geography, English, General Science, Liberian History, Vocabulary and History of Africa amongst other subjects. Students also participated in weekly Graphic Arts sessions, Computer tutorial sessions and selected Music tutorial classes based on their interest.

Additionally, the management of FORCE on August 16, 2018 conducted a meeting with about 60 parents whose kids are attending FORCE program. The meeting was purposely organized to acquaint parents with FORCE's activities which include: Academic tutorial sessions, Computer Tutorial, Graphic Arts and Music activities. In this meeting, management revealed the closure of the vacation activities and the commencement of FORCE'S next activities for the 2018/2019 academic year, which will begin by September 3, 2018. Parents were also privileged to tour within FORCE'S Building to view the few types of equipment we are using to train their kids which include the Computer Lab, the Visual Arts room, and the Musical instrument well house. As we mentioned to them about a mini modern reading room for their kids in the meeting, they were also allowed to take a look at that ongoing project.

Evidentially, the enrollment of kids rose with 6 additional boys, adding to the 331, making the total of 337 both FORCE & non FORCE kids currently at the Children Learning Center for the vacation program (161 boys & 173 girls): The six weeks' vacation program which began July 9 2018 came to an end August 29, 2018 with 337 kids in attendance:
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“Inspiring Their Creativity”

November 8, 2018  DAILY OBSERVER LIBERIA 




























Baba Shabu (rear) with art students at the Foundation for Recreation and Children Education (FORCE) in Gbarnga, Bong County. The children always greet Baba with a "Karibu Wazee" ("Welcome elders" in Kiswahili) and he salutes them too with a fist up.

The visual arts departments of three schools are coming together to present their students’ work in the gallery of the Liberia National Museum. The three schools are Foundation for Recreation and Children Education (FORCE) in Gbarnga, Bong County, founded by S. Tornorlah Varpilah; Women and Children Education Art Gallery in Oldest Congotown, founded by Abu Fofana; and Haweh Academy, in New Georgia, founded by Mrs. Marinda Freeman-Badio.

The exhibition is coordinated by Baba and Mama Shabu who have been curating National Museum exhibitions since 2011 including the first exhibition after the museum’s reopening in 2017. The Shabus have also been working with school children and their teachers for years, helping the kids develop their sense of creativity and helping their teachers to observe and nurture creativity in their students.

“Our national museum is like our mirror,” say the Shabus. “It shows who we are – our history.  And the 3rd floor gallery of the museum mirrors the beauty we can become – our future. And so, for our future, our children’s art exhibition, ‘Inspiring Their Creativity’ should be the next exhibition in that gallery.”

And they would know, having practiced, produced and had taught creative arts at the elementary, tertiary and professional levels for well over 50 years, across Africa and in the United States of America.

There’s an old maxim, “The media is the mirror of society”, which many people tend to relate purely to what is considered ‘mainstream media’ – newspapers, magazines, radio, television. And though the mainstream media is derived from the creative solutions that make media attractive, relevant and marketable, such creative solutions are often identified more in terms of the technological tools used to bring them about, and less in terms of the creative vision – the big ideas that get the ball rolling. The reality, however, is that creative media – and the tools that make them – cannot be produced without the cultural context to give it relevance.

The children’s art exhibition is the first event of the Shabu @ 90 art exhibition, slated for December 2018.

The Shabus agree. “The whole idea is that we need to increase our creativity and our trust in our creativity. Instead of just doing things because the establishment has set it up a certain way… we have to be creative to figure out what works best for us. It’s got to start with the children – if they are taught to be creative and allowed to be creative; not always told to draw and what to draw but, just by explaining it, let them draw it. Instructors need to learn to see and hear and nurture creativity in children.

“We want people to see that creativity starts from the youngest and, if we start them off now (allowing and nurturing creativity), then when they are capable of contributing to society, they will be able to use that creativity to move Liberia forward,” they say.

The children’s art exhibition opens Tuesday, December 11, 2018 on the third floor of the Liberia National Museum on Broad Street, Monrovia. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings and some textile designs from kids ages 6-15 years old.

This is actually the first event of a larger exhibition, titled: “Shabu @ 90”, featuring Baba’s latest works.


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