Students of Semanhyiya

In eleven school days I fell so deeply in love with the students that I swear my heart was left behind at Semanhyiya.

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Can’t stop the feeling!

We promise you’ll smile when you see the students, staff and volunteers at the Semanhyiya American School dancing to “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

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Volunteering FAQs

Here are some great tips about how to prepare for your volunteer experience and what to expect when you arrive. One thing’s for sure: you will fall in love with the kids!

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We Learn Everywhere

Walk into any one of our classrooms and you will find children sitting in small groups reading, putting puzzles together on the floor, or maybe even laying on play mats while working on a math or reading worksheet.

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An Unexpected Lesson

Over the past year our teachers have learned that students will thrive on encouragement, acceptance, respect and compassion. What they need is a cheerleader, someone who is on their side, encouraging them to always do their best.

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Semanhyiya American Nursery School is Underway!

Since the opening of Semanhyiya American School in September of 2015, we have been asked by parents throughout the community to please add a Nursery School, (creche), to our campus. Although not part of our original plan, our PTA Board and the Ministry of Education have also encouraged us to add two- and three-year-olds to SAS, so we can begin to train them in our methods at even an earlier age.

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Ghana Memories: Riding The Bus!

Even though we have an amazing team of administrators and teachers doing incredible work, seeing one of our co-founders at school and in the community sends a very important message. Riding the bus for morning pickup seemed like a perfect way to help accomplish this goal.

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Introducing our Scholarship Fund

We know from time to time, situations will arise when a parent may struggle to pay their child’s full school fee and we are committed to helping our students stay enrolled.

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Our next project: Two new classrooms!

Our next step is to add a building containing two classrooms. One classroom will be our 2nd grade, which will open next September, and the other will be used for many different purposes until it is opened as our 3rd grade classroom in the fall of 2017.

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Once a Dream, Now a Reality

Less than two and a half years ago I met Fredrick Benneh during a home stay in his village of Senase, Ghana. Bringing quality education and a pathway to a better life for children in his village was always Fred’s dream. Now, it is our shared dream and in 21 days it will become reality.

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Let’s meet Godfred

I have to believe that many of you are still asking yourself, “who IS GodFred?” “Why the unique spelling?” “Does the foundation have a religious affiliation?” Here is your answer!

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Our school building is nearly complete!

Wow! Look at Semanhyiya American School! With the help of the Social Innovation Challenge prize money awarded to co-founder Fredrick Benneh, our school building is nearly complete! Now there is still important work ahead of us as we need school furnishings, computers,...

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Adinkra: The Semanhyiya American School Logo

by Barbara Allison We’re thrilled to have a school name that conveys the special story that led us to this point. Semanhyiya, which means, “if I had never met you”, speaks to the fact that if Fred and I had not met in the Spring of 2013, his dreams of attending...

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