The Futurestars Accra launch took place in the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra on Friday March 23rd. It was attended by over 200 partners and guests and followed up the UK launch of the project in January. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work that Futurestars is doing with five schools in Tema, and one school in Lomé and engaging with some 2500 children every week in the Schools and Academies in Tema and 1600 children in Lomé.
The Event was hosted by Emmanuel Okyne-Tetteh the Futurestars Project Manager in Ghana. We were delighted to be joined by children from Community 8 school who performed a dazzling dance and certainly got the party started.
On a more serious note though we heard from Simon Milton (Futurestars Director) who updated everyone on the Charity Application, success of the project so far, plans for 2018 and beyond. We were treated to the new Futurestars promotional video and this was supported by the Boogie Band from Accra who performed the backing music for the video and entertained guests all evening.
Simon Milton commented:
“We are actively seeking new partners to join Futurestars and help us develop the project further. Partners can use the project to satisfy their own Corporate Social Responsibility commitments and engage their own staff to support the schools and children within the project. Partnerships can be tailored to suit any CSR budget so please get in touch if you need any additional information.”
Also addressing the room were representatives from the Futurestars Partners, Ari Lehtonen from Yinson Production WA, Steen Morch-Petersen from Hapag-Lloyd, and Carine Noukpo Futurestars Trustee and Director at the OMA Group on the reasons they have chosen to be involved in this worthwhile project
The launch was the first step in a campaign to bring more funding to the project to allow Futurestars to continue to increase the refurbishment work they have started with the schools. The sports coaching is running very successfully and is hugely popular with both children and teachers in both Ghana and Togo. The coaches received a boost this week with an extended visit from Titus Bramble (lead coach/ambassador and ex Newcastle defender), spending time with all the children and coaches, (as well as finding time to play in a Ghana Parliamentary FC vs British High Commission FC football match!)
The refurbishment needs of the schools are great however, and more funding is desperately needed to continue the work Yinson WA are spearheading. With a great team on the ground monitoring work and ensuring that good standards and maintenance continue once the work is completed, we are optimistic of very positive outcomes.
And the best outcome so far is the news that at all the schools, attendance has improved and truancy is down since they became part of the Futurestars project.