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ASTO 09 TOGO Kpalimé Edu 10/08/2020 29/08/2020

ASTO 09 Educational support and immersion in peasant families 
Agou Kébo Dogbadzi 
10 au 29/08/2020 Edu 
 
Project description 
 
This summer ASTOVOT in collaboration with the village of Agou Kébo Dogbadzi is launching a school support project for the benefit of the children of this village. The tutoring will be coupled with socio-cultural activities for the development during the holidays. The activities will take place in the primary school of the village. This project will improve the children's level in several subjects (Mathematics, English and French) before the start of the school year.  The volunteers will work in collaboration with members of the Village Development Committee (VDC). This project is also intended as a framework for cultural exchanges where the volunteers will be immersed in farming families to discover their traditional ways and practices. 
 
Aims of project 
 
- Provide courses (French, English, mathematics) to improve the children's level before the back-to-school season ; 
 
- Organize lucrative, educational and sports activities (games, dances, songs, football gala, readings) ; 
 
Work 
 
The activities to be carried out will be subdivided into three parts : 
 
- The first component will be devoted to support courses for primary and secondary school students. Volunteers will be involved in learning French (reading, writing, conjugation, written and oral expression, etc.), numeracy (mathematics), English ... etc. ; 
 
- The second part will revolve around games and various activities (percussion, reading competitions, drawings, songs and dances...) ; 
 
- For the third part, it is about immersion in the peasant families: spending time with the families, accompanying the families in their various activities (daily tasks, field work...etc.); 
 
 
NB : School supplies and gifts will be distributed to the students and the school at the end of the activities. 
 
It is desirable that volunteers bring A4 sheets of paper, coloured pencils, notebooks, pens, markers, children's games, teaching materials and any other items deemed necessary for the project and for the children (4 to 15 years old). 
 
Location 
 
Situated about 100 km from Lomé and on the way to the city of Kpalimé, Agou Kébo Dogbadzi, is a small village and chief town of the canton of Kébo which is one of the 12 cantons of the Agou prefecture. Perched on the slope of Mount Agou (the highest peak in Togo), the village Kébo Dobgadzi is very wooded and green with a panoramic view over part of the prefecture of Agou. The village is composed of five districts with an estimated total population of nearly one thousand inhabitants. The majority of the population is peasant and lives from agriculture. Their activities are based on the cultivation of corn, beans, cassava, yams. There are many fruit trees such as mangoes, orange trees, avocado trees, banana trees...etc. The village has a large number of children and young people. There is a primary school and a secondary school that welcomes pupils from the five districts of the village. There is also a peripheral health care unit (USP) in the village. Apart from its attractive appearance and its very welcoming population, the village also has rivers and several natural resources. 
 
Camp language 
 
French and English are the two languages of the project. However, French is the official language spoken in Togo. It is advisable for English-speaking volunteers wishing to participate in this project to have a minimum level in French, because a large majority of local volunteers and communities have a low level in English. 
 
Location 
 
Situated 120 km north of Lomé, the commune of Kpalimé is the ideal place for nature lovers and hikers who wish to discover beautiful mountainous landscapes and tropical flora. Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to refresh yourself at the water's edge. Kpalimé is also home to the most important craft center of the country where a very large number of artists and craftsmen have settled. 
With about 101 088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region. Chief-place of the Kloto prefecture, Kpalimé is home to numerous infrastructures such as : district hospitals, post office, town hall office, prefecture, police station, gendarmerie, banks, schools, etc. In short, all public and administrative services are represented. Apart from the public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centres, bars, restaurants, discos, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and abounds in a multiplicity of products, vegetables of all kinds. 
Accommodation  
 
Housing conditions are generally basic (especially in rural areas). The group is housed together in a house in which the volunteers have to share the rooms (usually 2 to 4 rooms).  We have small mattresses and plastic mats that will be used as bedding for the volunteers. Because 
housing is often not equipped with beds. However, volunteers can provide small air mattresses or small floor mats, sleeping bags, mosquito nets ...etc.  
Food  
Volunteers prepare their own meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on site. The dishes are varied and diverse with local and imported ingredients provided. However, the diet of each volunteer is respected and taken into account in the preparation of the meals. During the international days decreed on the workcamp, each group of volunteers (Europeans or Togolese) can present a typical dish from their country or continent. 
Leisure  
As part of the international workcamp, several activities are organized: discovery walks, hikes, festive outings, cultural meetings. These activities allow volunteers to get in touch with local populations but also to discover Togolese culture. During the weekends, group excursions are organized to discover the tourist sites of the region where the construction site is located. It should be noted that the participation (transport, visiting fees and other costs) of these activities are covered by the volunteers themselves.  NB : Internet access and electricity are limited depending on the project areas.