Teachers and Students
The Vocational High School in the community of Gipo (located about 30 miles from Ganta) which started in February 2015 is now 90% is to completion. Hopefully the vocational portion will commence in September 2015. This is being supported by
three churches in the Minnesota Conference: Brooklyn UMC, Crosswind and North UMC. The school will also provide extension training and technical support to traditional local framers and women groups, for surrounding villages in agriculture
program. The focus is: Auto-Mechanics, Construction, Electricity, Plumbing, Domestic Science and Agriculture program and good high school education. As the children graduate from the school with these vocational skills and begin being
self-employed through developing local businesses, building construction, mechanic shops and etc.
The goal is equipping the young people to possess marketable vocational skills that can serve as a source of income generation as they decide to continue their education and training beyond the Gipo Vocational Technical School.
The school serves 35 students. The tuition to go to this school is roughly $200/year. These students are not wealthy and will also be working at a job away from Gipo. The fallout is high due to the need to travel the long distances between
villages. Transportation is mostly by foot. A bus runs to Flumpa, a mile from Gipo a couple of times a day. Almost no cars and a few motorcycles run to Gipo. Hitchhiking is done often with 3-5 people on a motorcycle. The following
outlines what is taught at GVTI.
Probably the most attended class. The land is fertile and water runs through the property. Pineapple, rice, many varieties of vegetables,. Bees hives are managed for the honey. Pigs are also raised as well as chickens, although they appear
to run the show.
Emphasis has been on tailoring and healthy living which is very hard to manage with the primitive living conditions. Cooking by fire is being taught. Only now have solar ovens been introduced in Africa and the school is still hasn't received
one to use.