REWARDING TRADITION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS
We have developed clubs that are aligned with the curriculum model dealing with health, sanitation, and the environment. Children will be given different projects according to their grade level. One of these clubs is titled the "Asase Club," based around interaction with the environment fueled by a reward system crafted by the Institute, based around badges of honor featuring traditional Adrinkra symbols.
The garden is one model where it is possible to have older students working together with the younger students. When it comes to selling the products that are produced through different environmental projects (e.g. collecting water sachets to sell, selling herbs in the market, etc.) we will introduce the children to social entrepreneurship initiatives by showing them how their efforts to help the environment can also lead to income generating activities.
Traditional Adinkra symbols, originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana, are used to design a series of badges that will honor and distinguish students based on their merit and accomplishment within the school and community. By using West African symbology, we are encouraging students to have reverence and respect for their country and it's traditions. We want them to be proud of Ghana, to cherish it's past, but also to prepare for its quickly developing future as the merging landscapes of the village and global market economy continue to collide and affect their lives. This reward system within the Asase Club relates to a core concept embodied by many projects led by the Institute: the idea that you can do good and do well at the same time.