Help Ayande and Kwame

Support Equitable Learning

for Leklebi Senior High School Students

Support Equitable Learning

Shaker Heights High School student Ayande Joseph and recent CWRU graduate Kwame Botchway are raising funds to support the purchase of textbooks and other learning materials for Leklebi Senior High School students. Kwame is traveling to Ghana in December and will personally deliver the funds and oversee the purchase of the materials by the Leklebi Senior High School. 

Fundraising Goal: $1,000

Timeline: Please donate by November 30. Funds will be delivered to the Leklebi Senior High School in December 2021.

Advancing Equity in Education Shaker

IB Student Raising Funds for Students in Ghana

When he was younger, Shaker Heights High School senior and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme student, Ayande Joseph, and his family spent six months in Ghana, West Africa. He and his siblings attended one of the local schools there. Now the Joseph family has a relationship with a recently graduated Case Western Reserve University student from Ghana, Kwame Botchway. Kwame is an urban development specialist with research and work experience focused on inclusive and equitable development practices. Kwame has written for the Huffington Post and other media outlets on topics around sustainable economic development, social justice, environmental sustainability, poverty, and politics.

Ayande and Kwame have partnered to raise funds for books for Kwame’s high school in Ghana. The Leklebi Senior High School is located in Leklebi Duga, in the Volta Region of Ghana. The school is located in a small town with a population of fewer than 10,000 people, and is predominantly a farming community. The school faces many challenges, key among them being the lack of a modern library facility and the lack of access to required textbooks. 

In Ghana, all senior high school students are required to take the West African Secondary School Certificate (WASSCE) exams, an important factor in college admissions. These exams are standardized for all students irrespective of their circumstances. Students in the cities with access to tutors and the latest educational materials take the same exam as the students in the villages. Students from the poorer villages are usually at a disadvantage because they lack funds for the textbooks and other resources to prepare for the assessments. This creates a significant disparity that affects the long-term outcome of these students. 

The goal of the Leklebi IB Exchange Fund at the Shaker Schools Foundation is to support the purchase of textbooks and practice question books for the senior students at this school that can be used by them to prepare for the college entrance exams [WASSCE]. These books will be stored at the school to be borrowed by the students and subsequent students after them.

The Shaker Schools Foundation is pleased to support this student-led effort that demonstrates IB values and helps students achieve opportunity and excellence through education.

Shaker Heights Schools was the first school district in Greater Cleveland, and one of only eight public districts across North America, to be recognized as a PreK-12 International Baccalaureate Continuum District. International Baccalaureate, an internationally recognized educational program with a rigorous curriculum, features a global focus and emphasizes creative problem-solving, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning, and community service. 

The rigorous IB Programme builds on the District’s mission to nurture students who are civic-minded; who are confident, caring, competent communicators, skillful in problem-solving and capable of creative thinking; and who are knowledgeable of our global and multicultural society.