September Newsletter by Helen
This September marks the first academic term of the new year, and a lot has happened in the past few months! As you may have read in our past newsletters, this summer was the first time when we had the capacity and technical expertise to implement a rigorous assessment to evaluate our work. Our team is currently analyzing the data of our Monitoring and Evaluation Survey, and the results will be published soon! I am also pleased to announce that the preliminary data shows th
Scholar Spotlight: an update on two of our original students
When Exponential Education expanded to the Ashanti Region in the fall of 2012 two of our first SHS tutor participants were Priscilla Adu Poku and Florence Appiah. From a tiny village outside of Kumasi these girls were bright, thirsty for knowledge and natural leaders among their friends but like many of their peers, not in a good position financially. Despite many of the cards being stacked against them they were working hard and not taking “no” for an answer. When their fami
Scholar Spotlight: Charles Amponsah
Meet Charles Amponsah, three time Expo tutor and our new part-time tutor training consultant. Charles originally started with Exponential Education in his hometown of Antoa last year, and has since become a fixture both in our programs and in the Antoa house. Charles believes that education is important because “without education, you can’t achieve your aims or your common goals in the world. Expo helps the SHS students to further their education. It helps the JHS to pass the
Introducing new program associate Ryan Newton!
Hi! My name is Ryan Newton and I am going to be a Program Associate with Exponential Education for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. As a first-generation American by way of Ghana and Panama, education has always played an important role in my family and I believe it to be the single most powerful tool in helping developing and impoverished nations. The unique method that Exponential Education uses to extend access to higher education allows me to give back to a culture tha
Introducing a new mapping project
I am really excited to be heading up Expo's GIS project this term, and I can't wait to keep you all updated on the latest developments. As the project is in its infancy, we are still in the development stages, and mostly consists of meetings with Ghana Education Service (GES) and other regional education authorities. We had the first preliminary planning meeting with Ghana Education Service staff a couple of weeks ago and are currently following this up with putting together
Introducing new program associate Kaia Smith!
Hello! My name is Kaia, and I’m one of the most recent additions to the Exponential Education team. I’ve been in Ghana for just a few weeks, and although everything is still a little overwhelming and unfamiliar, I’m happy to say that I’ve already met so many lovely people, learned some basics in Twi, and figured out how to get around on the bumpy, chaotic minibuses that in Ghana we call tro-tros. As a musician and nature lover, I’m so excited to explore Ghana’s colorful music
An update from Exponential Tutoring Services: enrollment and expansion
By Clara Burgess Here we are about to embark into new territory for our tutoring program. We have graduated two classes from our SAT course and are working on a third. As we speak, we are beginning the relatively new college advising experience. This is our first batch of students to go through the college application process, and therefore we are learning as we move forward in the process. Students are beginning to write college application essays and select schools. Fortuna
Introducing Kara, the blog, and more!
There have been a lot of changes over the past few months here at Exponential Education. Our website has been completely redesigned and beautified, we’re welcoming new staff members, and sadly saying goodbye to some wonderful people who were working with us over the summer and the past few months. I am one of the newest volunteers on the ground, and I am so excited about being Expo’s first communications manager. I just graduated from Pomona College, in Southern California, w