Interesting Lectures

December 16th, 2011 by Dan

Here are some interesting video lectures by the Royal Institute in England:

Teaching Fellowship Grant

April 18th, 2011 by april
For One World Teaching Fellowship

For One World, a US-based nonprofit organization, seeks a motivated individual to commit to a year-long Teaching Fellowship at the Ayi Owen International School in Techiman, Ghana, West Africa. This is an excellent opportunity to gain in-depth experience teaching in English at an innovative school in a developing country.
You will be provided with a shared apartment on the school compound and paid a typical local teacher’s salary. In return, you are expected to teach a middle school class, run trainings for your fellow Ghanaian teachers, and support the overall operations of the school. The American founder and his Ghanaian wife have developed the school over the past ten years to emphasize Western teaching techniques (interactive instruction, hands-on projects, and interdisciplinary lessons) to prepare students to excel on the traditional Ghanaian standardized tests. You will have many opportunities to meet Chiefs and high-ranking members of local governments as well as explore the local culture, music, religions and markets.  While your involvement with the school is the first priority, you are welcome to pursue additional projects with a broader impact as well as make short trips to visit many of the exciting destinations throughout Ghana.

· Teach a middle school class of 20 Ghanaian students (in English)

· Perform in-service trainings for fellow teachers at upper and lower school campuses

· Organize extracurricular activities (reading club, soccer club, etc.)

· Support the school founders in curriculum development and strategic planning

· Help with orientation for American college-aged summer interns

· Maintain involvement with For One World upon return to home country

· Attend a two (2)- week training with the headmaster prior to start of classes

· Provide training and help develop local teaching staff
· Undergraduate degree or higher, concentration in education (preferred)

· Commit to one year (12 months) of service beginning August 2011

· Willingness to live in developing-country conditions

· Teaching or tutoring experience required

· International or multi-cultural work/volunteer experience (preferred)

· Capacity building or training experience (preferred)

· Math and science-oriented skills (preferred)

· Organized, flexible multi-tasker

· Self-starter and motivated individual
· Local teacher’s salary for the 12 months of your stay (approx. $150/month, paid in local currency, fluctuates with the exchange rate)

· Room provided in a shared apartment without AC on a compound with the school’s founders and 15-20 students (approx. $1,500 value)

· Can live off campus but no additional pay or compensation

· $1000 towards roundtrip airfare to Accra, Ghana


· Additional costs incurred might include but are not limited to: vaccinations, Ghanaian visa application, laundry service (a few dollars a week), food from the market (a few dollars a day),water and gas, travel within Ghana, etc. Electricity not covered

· Volunteers are encouraged to seek outside stipends/scholarships/donations to further support their work.
About Ayi Owen International School:
· Over 365 enrolled students (50% boys/girls) and 20 teachers

· Grades K – 9 (ages 2-15) in 18 classrooms plus labs, library, office, etc.

· Supplemental funding from the local nonprofit, the Techiman Learning Resource Center


Ayi Owen International School compared to local educational landscape
Ayi Owen International School:
· 20 to 1 student/teacher ratio;
· Basic computer lab with 10 computers;
· School library;
· Basic science program;
· Cultural arts/drama/music program;
· Physical education (PE) program;
· International teachers and donors;
· High graduation rate and successful completion of university; and
· New multi-acre school site recently opened in September 2007.
Educational situation in surrounding area:
· 60 to 1 student/teacher ratio;
· Very few use computers as learning tools;
· Virtually no school libraries;
· Extracurricular programs are limited/nonexistent;
· Few cultural arts, drama, and music programs;
· Very few physical education programs;
· Prepare students for no better than random guessing      on standardized tests; and
· Rarely use effective, modern teaching techniques.

About the program hosts, Bill and Ayi Owen:
· Bill Owen holds a Ph. D. in Educational Administration, speaks Twi and was formerly a consultant to USAID.

· Ayisatu Owen is both the parent-teacher liaison and manager of the schools activities. She is Ghanaian, and speaks 10 local languages.
About For One World:
· Registered US nonprofit organization that promotes understanding of and solutions to educational problems in less-developed countries.

· Founded in 1997 and gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should send a copy of their resume along with a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role to:


Christie’s Donation Story

March 26th, 2011 by Dan

I was looking for a way to teach Isabella about generosity, a trait that doesn’t always come naturally to a four year old.  James directed me to Bridget who suggested collecting donations from Isabella’s preschool. I asked the school director if it was OK. She seemed excited about the idea. I also e-mailed all the parents at the school and told them that Isabella would be bringing in a “For One World” donation box for show and tell. My daughter and I decorated the box with pictures of some of the children in Ghana. When she brought the box to school, she and her teacher took out a map and showed the children where Ghana is. The box was filled with supplies that very first day. Additional bags of supplies continued to be brought in throughout the week. It’s been a great project that we are planning to do again.

How can you help?

Bridget’s Donation Story – How can you help?

March 26th, 2011 by Dan

Last year, I volunteered for a day at my son’s kindergarten class. My first task was to replace the “used crayons” with new ones because the children do not like to use crayons with worn down points. I asked to keep the “old” crayons and was told that I could. My second job was to throw away all the pencils with worn down erasers!

That night, my family discussed the waste in Aidan’s classroom. My then-3rd grader, Ailis, suggested that we send the supplies to Ghana since we had recently begun sending donations to the Ayi Owen School. I received the go-ahead from James and Bill, so we boxed up crayons and pencils and sent them off. But Ailis wasn’t done. Without telling me, she wrote a letter to her principal asking to address the school at assembly. Ailis asked her schoolmates and teachers to consider donating their old school supplies to the Ayi Owen School. She made a collection box, included photos of the students in Ghana, and set it up in the school office. Since then, we’ve collected nearly 12 moving boxes full of crayons, markers, pencils, paper, and other school supplies!

Recently, Bill wrote us that the arts program at Ayi Owen is now available to the entire school, not just the two youngest grades. It’s amazing that the waste from just one classroom, in one school, in one state, can support an entire arts program at the Ayi Owen School! The students don’t mind that the crayons aren’t pointy, and if they could buy pencils they wouldn’t have erasers on them anyway. Markers, colored pencils, colored paper, glitter, and most other common arts & crafts supplies aren’t available in Ghana, even if the funds existed. If a few more people collected unwanted supplies from their schools, imagine what Ayi Owen could do!

Khan Academy

March 20th, 2011 by april

Hey For One World Supporters!

Check out this link:

Reach out to us and let us know what you think!

TOP 1!

February 27th, 2011 by april

Ayi Owen International is one of the 17 schools that has a (100%) pass in the 2010 BECE. And the school also took the 1st position out of 93 J.H.S private schools and out ranked all the public schools that took part in the examination

Another victory for For One World!

Annual volunteer pay your own way trip to Ghana West Africa

January 6th, 2011 by april

Happy New Year!

James Mattison and Taylor Bowen are sponsoring/organizing/accompanying interested volunteers/donors to the Ayi Owen International School, Ghana, West Africa on January 29 to February 6,2011. Everyone pays their own way, pays a small stipend for housing, makes a donation to For One World, hand carries supplies to the school and volunteers at the school.

If you are interested in joining on this trip, please send an email to expressing your interest and a note on how you support For One World.

Thank you!

James, Taylor and April

Thank you For One World supporters!

December 29th, 2010 by april

Please donate $1, $10, $100! We are looking for 100% participation!

Each year we count on your support to continue the progress we have made as an organization and to help children who otherwise would not have an opportunity to attend school, especially girls. If you stand for equality, stability and sustainability through education – you stand with For One World and the Ayi Owen International School, inspired by Ayisatu.

For One World began in 1998 as a small group of college students, who raised the initial money to open the Ayi Owen International School in Ghana, which opened with a handful of students. After twelve years of countless volunteer hours, local donations of land and money, and your donations, we now have 440 students and 36 teachers! And in 2010 the school ranked #1 in the district on the national exam! We have earned the right to be proud of our accomplishments, and our positive impact on the local community.

These are the stories of two of the people your donations are helping (names kept anonymous):
·        She is 15 years old and one of the 18 “orphans” living at the school and 3 years older than her classmates. She is strong in math and science – not the norm. She tutors the others living at the school and pretends to be a teacher. Her mother lives on the street and sweeps the market after hours collecting spilled rice, etc. and attempts to resell it barely sustaining herself. Her father ran away many years ago. She is studying hard for the national exams and hopes to become a nurse some day. Your donations pay for her clothing/shoes (~$26/yr), medical care (~$50/yr), daily food (~$280/yr), school fees (~$175/yr), books/notebooks ($32/yr), etc. Our travel grant winners spend most evenings with her and the other children who live at the school.

·         She is in 7th grade, also started late and older than her classmates. She stays with her aunt in a location of town called “strangers quarters” and it is not clear if she stays in a home or sleeps on the street. Her aunt gets home from the grain market after dark. Her mother ran away when she was little and her poverty stricken near blind father visits every few years when he comes from the frontier. She seems to have had a violent past and teachers spend many hours counseling her on her temper. She is a hard worker, currently below average and finds inspiration in sports. Your donations cover her school fees, books, clothing, and medical care.

2010 For One World Volunteer highlights:

·         Ailis Peterson is 8 years old and on her own asked the principle of her elementary school if she could address the school during Friday assembly. Ailis challenged the students at Carrillo Elementary School to donate their unwanted or unused school and art supplies to Ayi Owen School. Her mother, Bridget Peterson has been spearheading efforts to solicit in kind donations for the Ayi Owen School. The mother and daughter team collected 10 moving boxes full of crayons, markers, pencils, pens and sports equipment! If you would like to make an in kind donations please email

·         Taylor Bowen, a high school student, was inspired by For One World to organize a group of interested classmates as part of her senior project. She is paying her own way to Ghana in February to build an innovative volunteer program for high school students.

·         Loretta Cremmins traveled to the school in 2009 as the recipient of the collegiate travel grant. She continued her dedication to For One World and during her senior year, she was awarded a grant (her site is from the Center for Urban and Global Studies to address the topic of global education and raise awareness on campus regarding For One World.

·         Cyrus Morgan and Tiffany Washburn our travel grant winners for 2010 spent their summer volunteering at the school. Tiffany made great progress with math comprehension and science experiments to help students understand the concepts beyond memorization. Cyrus helped in a program to learn local language first, bridge to English after third grade as well as focused on improving how exams are administered to drive a deeper understanding – key to the higher test results on the national exams.,

2010 For One World donor highlights:

·         Stephen Colbert donated $3,000 from the sale of his Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream ice cream flavor to For One World on behalf of the staff and crew of The Colbert Report. Thanks to Erica Myrickes’ efforts to make this happen!

·         Rotary International provided a grant for $17,600 representing our largest donation to date thanks to the efforts of John Donnelly.

·         Thanks to those who have already made a donation in 2010 including Leverett Smith and Gretchen Peterson’s continued generosity.

·         Thanks to Alex van Voorhees for his continued support of our Travel Grants making it affordable for college volunteers to spend the summer volunteering, critical to driving up quality at the Ayi Owen International School.

·         Wilfred (Bill) and Ayisatu Owen’s donations over the years exceed any other contribution both in hours and dollars. They are an inspiration to all of us!

Looking ahead to 2011, we are taking a big step. We are making the transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with a part time employee, April Acut. Another big step for the organization: new pro bono software, which will make it easier to donate, improve communications and will keep our operating costs near zero. Our board and volunteers give more than 50% of the individual donations, so we are all incentivized to ensure our donations are linked to successful programs with no waste and giving only what is required. Our goal is not to donate forever, but to find long term solutions.

None of the major accomplishments that took place in 2010 would have been possible without you.  We are counting on your support again for the coming year, which promises to be the organization’s most exciting year yet. Please donate today!

Thanks again to each of you.

Happy Holidays!


Wish List for students at Ayi International School

December 3rd, 2010 by april

To all For One World supporters:

We have a container bound for Ghana that has room for more donations.  If anyone is interested in helping out the children in Ghana this year, now would be  a great time to get a parcel together for immediate shipment to the school. 

John Donnelly’s office in Old Saybrook is our central collection point.  (1595 Boston Post Road) If you need an alternate drop off point in the CT area, you can call John and see what can be arranged at (860)399-9499 .

Bill & Ayi’s wish list this year includes:

anything to improve arts at the school, such as
musical instruments
drama supplies and equipment (ie masks & equipment)
colored paper
craft supplies
simple craft books with new ideas for the kids
sidewalk chalk

soccer or tennis balls

small makeup items, such as lipsticks, creams, mirrors, or nail polish for the school orphans

workbooks for the younger school kids

science equipment

There is no definite deadline yet so send your gifts now!

If you are unable to get a donation package together within a week, you can also send donations that will be hand carried by James Mattison and other volunteers in January 2011.

Thank you in advance for your donations, and I hope everyone has a great holiday season.

-Bridget Peterson

Fundraiser at Saybrook Point Inn

November 24th, 2010 by april

Please join us at Saybrook Point Inn for a wine tasting fundraiser for the Rotary,a For One World partner.

Fee is $35 for beer and wine.

Let us all join hands in making the world a better place.

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