TO BE WORLDWIDE is a Foundation that helps children in developing countries realise their full potential, allowing them to help build their communities in the future. Founded in 2002 To Be Worldwide builds educational facilities that complement the existing school structure. Facilities offer a children's library, a computer Centre and an activities program, all designed to stimulate and develop skills for a better future. The facilities operate in partnership with local primary- and junior secondary schools.

To Be Worldwide is member of the American Fund for Charities, a 501(c)(3) Tax-exempt organisation. ANBI

 

Wonderful Workshops at Takoradi Centre

29 March 2014

For the second time now...and we believe it is going to be an annual event...the workshops held at the Centre were a great success !!! Madelon Mijnster and her son Jurriaan ran a workshop about setting up an Internet Business. The children couldn't have been in better hands with Gaby Rappange

 

 

and her son Max when it comes to what it takes to work in the Advertising business. A better understanding of the importance of Hygiene can save lives!! How do germs spread? Or what happens when you drink dirty water? The Hygiene workshop given by Monique Cornelisse and her daughter Claire was very educational.

Expert input for our Educational Programs

14 November 2013

For period of 7 months we have had the good fortune of the expert input of Gery Verlinden. Gery Verlinden is a primary school teacher from the Netherlands who has helped us develop a number of educational programs for the children at our Centre.

 

 

Her structured approach included colour coding the library and developing language skills exercises for each colour. These exercises help children not only develop their language skills but were also developed in such a way that they addressed the need for children to learn to work independently and in a logical structure.

 

Reading Club

25 September 2013

It had come to our attention that some of our library members, who are from the public schools we work with tended to read the same kind of books and were not progressing fast enough. With that in mind we set up a "Reading Course" trial with 10 children. We were soon confronted by the immediate need to further support these children with reading skills activities as the level was quite low.

 

Classes are often over 40 children with 1 teacher, thus not allowing the teacher the opportunity to spend enough time on children that require extra assistance.

We have now implemented a "Reading Club" cycle of 6 weeks to help children referred to us by their teacher with their reading skills. Stella Arthur and Gery Verlinden, both dedicated teachers have been very successful in helping children achieve progress. With support we hope to continue and expand the program.

Websafety

16 April 2013

There are 1'292'000 Internet users in Ghana (2010). Of these Users 854,380 are on Facebook (201)  These figures are predicted to grow very fast. Although it is not clear how many of these users are children there is no doubt they are users or will be in the future. This includes the children from our Centre

 

With the growing numbers and issues like cyber crime and predators who are intent on doing harm out there on the internet, it is our task to prepare the children we teach to use the internet safely. It is with that in mind that we have developed an Internet Safety Training and a set of Posters that help remind the children to be aware

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Workshops at Takoradi Centre

30 January 2013

In January we welcomed Madelon Oudshoorn Spaargaren and her daughter Berine Mijnster (her other daughter Pomeline was already at the Centre ☺) Gaby Rappange, Monique Cornelisse (who had been to our Centre the year before) and her daughter Anne Rose Cornelisse, to our Takoradi Centre.

 

They came prepared! First of all they brought along a lot of toys and presents for all the kids and all the material they needed to run their fun, creative and educational workshops. Madelon had prepared a workshop on “Building and Design” using different types of materials and playmobil to build rooms and a village with the children. She was assisted by Pomeline.

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New Adult Literacy Course

28 January 2013

After last years successful graduation of our first Adult Literacy Course students, we are very happy to be able to initiate a new course. The course started in January and will run for 24 months. It was great to see that our former students all enrolled again to continue to improve their reading and writing skills.

 

 

To make sure the course is again a success and that attendance remains high, all students were involved in the decision making process with regards scheduling the lessons. This way we could ensure that every one could attend.

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New fence wall for Cape Coast Centre

26 November 2012

We have built a fence wall around the Centre to protect it from the football field right next to it. Previous fence walls made of wood did not last. Next to protecting the Centre the fence wall helps to confirm our own identity (we share the premises with  another school).

 

We also created an extra entrance for the community which, we hope, will make it easier for children from the public schools in the vicinity to get to the Centre.


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"I Want To Be" Program continues

18 March 2012

Another milestone in the development of our "I Want To Be"     Program took place in March.

With the expert guidance of Kofi Essien our Master Teacher,      Sunney Quicoe, program co-ordinator, Harry Appiah, assistant teacher and Loes Witschge To Be Worldwide volunteer and "I Want To Be" Program expert, we were able to test another module of the program.

  One of the most appealing parts of the program is that children actually get to visit a company in their community. A visit comprises of a tour of the company and the opportunity to ask questions. The "Company Visit" module not only consists of the actual visit and asking questions, but also preparing a presentation about the company you visited for other students to learn from.

We were grateful for the cooperation of Supermaritime, a Dutch/Ghanaian company working in the Takoradi Harbour.They welcomed the children to their offices.

Adult Literacy Class Graduation

28 February 2012

The 21st of January was a memorable day for all of us. 10 adult learners graduated after 2 years of literacy training.

It was a great celebration in the presence of their families and sponsors of the program. The learners performed a small play in which they illustrated what situations you can get yourself into if you are not literate. The news of their graduation made it to the national newspaper.

  The play performed was about a person who was not able to read signs in his community. Signs about not being allowed to urinate everywhere. He was then arrested and fined. This illustrated that not being able to read can put you in awkward situations.

We do not realize the impact being literate has on our lives. We take it for granted. The 10 graduates are now able to go to the bank and sign their names, read the lables on the medication given to them by doctors, read important signs in their community as well as newspapers and so on.

A Winner in the Category 'Empowerment'

28 February 2012

To Be Worldwide's application 'I want to be' is one of the 4 winners in the Interaction Awards category 'Empowerment' for 2012!!! Right up there with companies such as Google and Microsoft!

  We are very proud of this achievement and would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved. Thank you Lea, Ritu, Bob and Loes at Cnote and all at Logica with a special thank you to Malti, Nicolette, Ana Paula, Marcel and many others.