SCEF’s Center for Grassroots Enterprise – is a center that will be hosted in a 3 storey building constructed with a conference room, shop and offices that will provide business support services to startups/micro enterprise/cooperatives of parents/guardians of rescued street and vulnerable children to be able to afford the education of their children.
This project was phased in two: the construction and the furnishing of the building.
History and Need: The SCEF Learning Hub Phase 1 & 2 is currently a facility of educational and creative learning opportunities for all children of James Town. The center serves over 100 children and over 20 adults each day. Within school going hours, the center is used solely by rescued street children. It serves as a safe haven for children and shelters them from the harsh and noisy environment. It provides a setting which supports learning and acts as a center for educational activities and vocational training.
a classroom for contact programs, module training and literacy classes
a Craft Lab for developing and refining creativity
a library, for reading, exhibitions, trainings, conferencing, workshops and seminars among others
an administrative area for professionals to guide the children
computer lab with internet access to train the children to be in touch with technology
Nevertheless, with time SCEF has come to realize that the existing buildings of the Learning Hub do not offer enough space to cater to a second beneficiary group – the parents (mothers and fathers) and guardians of the children we work with. The existing buildings of the Learning Hub do not provide any space that could be used to work closely with this group of beneficiaries and help them build their businesses and get further education.
In order to meet this need, SCEF applied and got funding from the Grant for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) of the Embassy of Japan, Ghana to construct a 3 – storey building at the Learning Hub site that caters directly to this group of beneficiaries. The aim is to have the needed space and equipment to further strengthen our services and really offer quality services to street children in James Town and Accra Central communities.
This new building at the Learning Hub site, which is designed in accordance to the needs of parents and guardians, would solve the current problem of inadequate space. SCEF sees this project as an opportunity to inaugurate more focused and close work with this group of beneficiaries. The building being constructed is a three-storey building: the ground floor houses play area, the first floor houses a shop and a storage space, the second floor houses offices and the third floor houses a conference room.
The conference room would give the parents and guardians the possibility to meet regularly in an open space, discuss with each other, plan their businesses and educate themselves. SCEF would offer educative seminars to them in this space, for instance financial literacy classes or computer classes. Invited speakers could use the space to address the mothers, parents and guardians of the James Town community about various issues. Trainings, such as health- and or business-related trainings would be held in this space.
The Omanye shop would offer the mothers, parents and guardians an opportunity to display their products, i.e. Bread, Handicrafts, Soap, Jewellery and any other items made and sold by them. It would also serve as a safe space for them to store their items.
Both the first and third floors are designed to directly cater for the needs of mothers, parents and guardians of James Town children: to give them a space for meetings, for developing their businesses, for further educating themselves and for presenting and selling their business products.
The second floor of the building is meant to house offices for SCEF support staff to do administrative and project work and run the activities that take place on the first and third floor.
The ground floor of the building is being decorated as a play space to further enhance play with purpose at the Learning Hub.