Bessassi August 2011


Post: Bessassi

Date(s) of project: August 2011

Brief description of Project:
Funds are being requested to cover the purchase of materials needed for a recently formed English club. The club will be comprised of ten CEG students, five girls and five boys, recommended by an English teacher and the Director of the CEG on the basis of their academic standing and self-expressed interest in developing their English language skills. The club has held preliminary meetings and has collectively decided to meet three times a week (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) for at least one hour and a half hours . Because the participants have varying experience with studying English (ranging from 5eme to 3eme ) the curriculum of the club will be largely based on fundamentals such as speaking/pronunciation, basic reading comprehension, and the development of study skills rather than the rules of grammar or technical elements of language. The in-class structure of the club will be based around discussion and student involvement. The PCV will act primarily in the role of facilitator and moderator. Exercises to assess subject mastery will be assigned at the end of each class and completed at home. At the debut of the club these assignments will be completed individually in order to establish a common starting point, but as time progresses assignments will be completed in groups. Moreover, the PCV seeks to couch the themes of later meetings in topics relating to health as well as gender and development issues. The goal of synthesizing English language proficiency with a more nuanced understanding of gender and development will be fully exhibited by the club’s members working collectively to submit an idea to the annual “Scenarios from Africa” contest. The contest is based on young people’s thoughts and experiences with HIV/AIDS and while multiple forms of media are accepted, all submissions must be in English. In summation the overarching goal of the project is for members to not only come to have an improved comprehension of the English language, but also for them to develop a better understanding of the importance of collaborating across gender boundaries with their peers.

Number of people involved:

# of
# of Service Providers (work partners, Project co-organizers,
technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24
Men over 24 5 1
Girls 15-24 4
Boys 15-24
Girls under 15
Boys under 15 1


Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
Folder 15 500 7.500
Pen 30 75 2.250
Notebook 15 125 1.875
Pocket Dictionary 10 2.950 29.500
Photocopy 47 25 1.175
Total 42.300

Amount Requested: 42.300

Activity Report

The Goals/Objectives of Project:
The overarching goal of this project was to create a forum through which CEG students could practice and improve their English language communication skills. Within this goal were imbedded three objectives: cross-gender collaboration, improved health education, and the development of a working model for expanding the club.

Were Those Goals/Objectives Met:
Students successfully worked with their peers on assigned projects and supported one another in the classroom. Furthermore, by the end of the eight-and-a-half-week club students were able to cite the three food groups and name at least three foods found in each, as well as explains methods of HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention in English. One month following the conclusion of the summer English club the volunteer collaborated with English teachers in the CEG to expand the club’s model to create three new English clubs totaling sixty (60) students.

Strengths of this Project:
The strengths of this project were the enthusiasm and dedication that all students brought to each session. In addition the small size of the club facilitated directed, student-specific attention and feedback on progress.

Challenges/Weaknesses of this Project:
The primary challenge of the club was dividing lesson plan labor with the English teacher counterpart. His English proficiency was limited and as such he was hesitant to impart his own ideas and implicate himself in leading lessons. He remains one of the three teachers in the extended school-year model, but his two colleagues have a greater English proficiency and are continually showing him how best to capitalize on his strengths.

Final Budget:

Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
Photocopy 47 25 1.175
Folders 15 500 7.500
Copy Book 15 125 1.875
Pen 30 75 1.250
Dictionary (Larousse) 8 2.950 23.600
Dictionary 2 2.300 5.600
Total 41.000

Total Cost: 41.000

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