About The School
From the outset the School has been the heart and soul of our operations and remains so today. It has evolved over the years, but the School now serves three main purposes: the Trinity Yard School Bridge Program, an After School Program, and a Community Literacy Project.
Access to educational opportunities beyond junior high school is limited in the rural areas we serve. Due to the lack of government-run secondary schooling, local students are often prematurely pushed off the academic track, limiting their potential for growth. The principal aim of the Trinity Yard School is to keep desirous students on that track and help them reach their full potential. The first and perhaps most critical step in this process is the Trinity Yard School Bridge Program, a fee-free secondary education option with a focus on core academics, arts and music, and healthy living.
After School Program
Started in 2014, the Trinity Yard After School Program is designed to serve as something of a “spark” program to get the youth of Cape Three Points excited about school and learning. Most Ghanaian students learn by rote memorization, copying material from the blackboard and memorizing information without understanding its meaning or underlying principles. Corporal punishment is universal and frequent. Failure to perform or disobedience of any kind results in verbal and physical abuse by the teacher or administrator, and, as a result, many children dread going to school.
Our After School Program is designed to get kids to think differently about school – to see it as a sanctuary where they are free to make mistakes and learn in a safe, nurturing environment. We see great value in motivating students to learn through positive reinforcement and encouragement, rather than through fear. Instilling a love of learning will hopefully inspire students to continue with their studies.
The After School Program is a basic, fee-free program meeting three times per week for one hour per session aimed at improving younger students’ core academic proficiencies. Above all else, it provides a safe, fun, alternative learning environment with a focus on basic English, elementary Math, reading, and sports.
Community Literacy Project
As is true in much of the developing world, the literacy rate in the communities surrounding Trinity Yard is inexcusably poor. We believe that illiteracy is unacceptable in the 21st century, which is why one of our long-term, secondary goals is to increase the literacy level within the village. The first step in encouraging a literate community is to provide books to every student and child. Unfortunately, none of the surrounding villages have a library and none of the area schools have any books for students to take home to read. To address this glaring deficiency and obvious need, Trinity Yard added a fully functioning library to the school a few years ago.