Empathy For Others at The British School of Lomé




'Service develops the inner power within you.'
Grand Master Choa Kok Sui

Our traditions embrace the creation of an inclusive yet diverse community of international cooperation and social reflection where we emphasise respect for others, tolerance and open mindedness.
Beginning in our early learning programme, we educate our students to become dedicated to community service and compassionate, socially responsible individuals in our multicultural community and beyond. .



Service in the Community at BSL

‘Service in the community is very important to me. My work with TRACKS at Aneho Orphanage has given me the opportunity to help those who may not have been as lucky as me. We are proud of what we have achieved this year.’

Palmang Kombate, a year 13 student

Tracks Logo
'TRACKS' is BSL's fundraising service project. It was formed in 2011 to promote and enhance the active community service already established in the school and to raise money for a variety of local community projects.

Between 2011 and 2015 TRACKS raised over 16,000,000 CFA through a variety of events including the international weekend fetes, sponsored events, the school tuck shop and bake sales, raffles and non-uniform days.

       


Working with our service partners we have been able to help with a variety of sustainable projects which support our local service partners.

  • One group of students continues working closely with Aneho Orphanage. Since 2011 students have raised money to provide vaccinations against typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis for all of the staff and children at the Orphanage. Each year the orphanage is provided with large amounts of basic necessities including food items, medicines and children’s toys. In 2013 TRACKS helped to set up a sustainable chicken business which will help provide a source of money for the orphanage.
  • Students also raised money to purchase materials to complete reconstruction work for the ‘Fauna Cultura’ Zoo after flooding had caused extensive damage.

Tracks is not just about raising money: It is also aimed at active community service
  • In 2012 the primary school adopted a horse called ‘Charlot’ at a local stable with money they had raised for TRACKS.
  • Students also raised money to purchase and deliver educational resources to a local school in Kouvé.
  • TRACKS also pays the rent at a local school for the deaf called the Ecole Vivenda. Students also raised money to build an outside lunch shelter for the children.
  • TRACKS also supports another school for the deaf in Lomé, the Ephphatha Deaf School. This project involves reconstruction work at the schools boarding facilities including fixing leaking roofs and providing beds and new mattresses. TRACKS also completed a long term project in 2015 to provide hearing aids and speech therapy to 9 students at the school.

       
  • In 2014 tracks completed renovation work at a Rural hospital in Gape including building a new roof!
TRACKS is currently supporting the following service partners:

• Aneho Orphanage, Aneho
• Ecole Vivenda Deaf School, Lomé
• Ephphatha Deaf School, Lomé

Please see our newsletters which will give updates about upcoming events and news about current projects.
Tracks Newsletter March 2012
Tracks Newsletter March 2012
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Tracks Newsletter October 2012
Tracks Newsletter October 2012
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Tracks Newsletter February 2013
Tracks Newsletter February 2013
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Tracks Newsletter June 2013
Tracks Newsletter June 2013
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Tracks Newsletter October 2013
Tracks Newsletter October 2013
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Tracks Newsletter June 2014
Tracks Newsletter June 2014
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Tracks Newsletter October
Tracks Newsletter October 2014
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May 2015 Tacks Newsletter
Tracks Newsletter May 2015
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TRACKS is administered by a committee of service supervisors, IB student representatives and the prefect and student councils.

IB CAS

The letters CAS stand for Creativity, Action and Service. All students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) engage in activities outside the classroom over an eighteen month period in each of the three CAS components. The activities are spread over the school terms to enable students to develop, improve and reflect on the activities and projects they have been involved with. The aim of CAS, most especially the service component, is to provide lifelong learning experience for students and to make them aware of their responsibilities toward their immediate environment and to the surrounding local communities.

Service projects provide students the opportunity to render a voluntary service to disadvantaged people within their local communities through various activities and events; this includes fund raising to help finance the projects. It is very important that these activities have learning outcomes for the students – they should be learning new skills, improving upon previous knowledge and helping make life better for others they work with.

This school year at BSL, IB students are involved in three service projects which they visit weekly

Ecole Vivenda des Sourds (School for the Deaf)
Ecole Ephphatha pour les Sourds du Togo (School for the Deaf)
St. Claire's Orphanage at Tokoin Seminaire

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