SURVEY: How has the community benefited from TACCO activities?
There are many former TACCO children now attending the Jachie Anglican Primary School. Seven of them were asked about themselves and TACCO:
|Anthony Boakye - 9 years old|
Has happy memories of playing as well as learning Favourite subject: I.C.T
Wants to be a doctor and likes going to school
|Richard Boateng - 8 years old||Also happy memories of playing and learning Favourite subject: I.C.T Wants to be a nurse|
|Rosina Agyeman - 10 years old|
Memories of playing cars Favourite subject: I.C.T
Wants to be a nurse
|Michael Adu - 10 years old|
Memories of learning and playing with balls
Favourite subject: Maths
Wants to be a nurse
|Florence Amma Polanaa - 9 years old||Memories of playing with toy cars Favourite subject: English Wants to be a hairdresser|
|Emilia Osei - 8 years old||Memories of making toys Favourite subject: Creative art Wants to be a teacher|
Mr Richard Otchere with former TACCO children
Richard Otchere - Head teacher of Jachie Anglican Primary School
"It is a fine school. It has helped the community. It has seen the children move in social skills and others. More and more children from TACCO are attending this school. I have been headmaster for 1 year but lived in Jachie for 23 years. Many of our villages around Jachie know about TACCO. I have seen that TACCO has good facilities, they have everything. The children are also happy. They are also neat. They are now ready to learn. The teachers are also good and dedicated to their commitment to their work. I hope in the future more people will be moved because of the commitment of the teachers. Children who come to my school here are better compared with other children because they have got their foundation from TACCO."
Former TACCO children
Mr Adjei Nicholas – Headmaster at Junior High Lake View School Sees TACCO as competition as the age at his school is from 3 yrs – 15yrs. But is grateful for TACCO and its fine example.
Celestina Bannor – Sells water and crisps in Jachie TACCO has helped her because her son was at TACCO and now he is in class 1 at the Advantage Educational Complex. He loved TACCO. She says TACCO has good facilities. He is strong in class because of TACCO. She sees TACCO as a big advantage to parents as it means they have the freedom to work and TACCO has provided job opportunities and work experience.
Grace Fiatora – Seamstress in Jachie
Does not have any children in TACCO It has helped the parents and those who go to work. If there was not TACCO for young children they would be roaming about. She knows many children in TACCO so knows that it has helped many families.
Cecilia – Works selling drinks at the Tro Tro station No children in TACCO.
Knows about TACCO and thinks of it as a safe place for young children. She sees the bus passing every morning and every afternoon with the children and sees the teachers are taking good care of them to make sure they get picked up and get dropped home. The parents can feel happy their children are safe and happy. Now more children go to school.
Sarah – has a stall in Jachie
Her son went to TACCO. He is now 8 years old. He is well mannered and speaks good English. He said he enjoyed TACCO very much. Sarah said that it had allowed her to work and concentrate on her shop she felt that she could go everywhere.
Everyone I spoke to in Jachie knows a child who had been or who goes to TACCO. The people of Jachie want to work and so they are grateful for TACCO to give many parents/guardians this opportunity. They see it as benefitting the community and small businesses. The parents think of it as a place where their child can have a good foundation. I met and spoke with dozens of former TACCO children who were all calling out the names of their former TACCO teachers and were confident and happy children. They do well at school and seem to have more of a head start to other children who begin at the age of 3. Many parents see it as a pre-school for learning rather than a crèche where their child will be minded. Many appreciate its good facilities. The people who do not have children either hear of it through relatives/friends or can see its benefits. They see it more as a safe place for a child to be whilst the parent is off working. They can see the commitment of the teachers, this sets a good example and encourages more children to attend school.
More giggly former TACCO girls
Survey conducted by Alice McKenzie and Mercy Asenso