Helping people to help themselves where they are

Dear Friends,

We hope that you and your families are well at this current time.

At AACO, the safety and wellbeing of students and staff at Jubilee High School, and our wider community are our top priority as we respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. We continue to monitor and implement both local and international advice wherever possible.

We want to use this medium to provide you with an update on where we are with the mission:

  • As a result of Covid-19 outbreak and following guidance from the Ghana Education Service, all teaching activities at Jubilee High School were temporarily suspended in March 2020. From 21st June 2020, 130 final-year pupils will return to school for a six-week intensive revision for their A’level exams which will be held in late-August 2020 (eight girls will return to on-campus accommodation). Over the past couple of weeks, we have been focused on planning for their return-to-site, particularly in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff. We are currently in discussions with colleagues on how we can engage with remaining pupils remotely.
  • Our work over the past 13 years has led to an agreement with the Ministry of Education in Ghana, where we have secured a partnership arrangement which is intended to ensure the sustainability of our flagship Jubilee High School. This partnership commenced in September 2019. The government has begun to provide some support including the payment of a limited number of staff salaries with the expectation that this will increase in the future. However, there are still significant matters to be concluded particularly concerning the nature of the partnership in a way that ensures the preservation of our academic and social endeavours which are underpinned by core Christian values. We will be providing a detailed update in relation to this over the coming weeks.

In terms of our wider mission of supporting the local community, Covid-19 outbreak has caused disruptions to the way of life for the majority who rely on insecure, low pay and unprotected working conditions. We continue to look for ways to support the community and welcome your views, comments and support.

Once again, we thank you for your unfailing support for the charity and we pray that we will all come out of this current pandemic stronger than ever.

Akosua Arkhurst

Founder, AACO

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