About AMO Programme
The AMO Story
AMO is an acronym for ‘Agodi Ma Osuahu’ which means ‘Playing gives experience’ in Twi, a local Ghanaian language. The AMO Programme was founded in 1995 by a Dutch couple who worked and lived in Ghana. The main focus of the programme is improving the quality of education in Ghana, by introducing teaching-learning materials (TLMs) basic schools. At that time AMO had its own challenges, struggles and successes like every starting business.
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Kofi Annan
In 2003 the AMO Programme became an independent NGO. The Dutch committee who supported AMO in this challenge became the ABaCus Foundation. In the years 2006 and 2007 AMO Programme had several projects concerning implementing Teaching Learning Materials (TLMs) in Ghanaian primary education. With support by Dutch donations from ‘Impulsis’ and ‘Kerk in Actie’ two projects were started, regarding public schools in the Kwahu district and the purchase of machines for the AMO workshop. These projects made AMO flourish for a while. In the year 2008 the production rate decreased, but since 2009 AMO has been making steady progress again towards sustainability.
At the end of 2011 although a new project was initiated; the Model School Project, which gave AMO a positive boost. Throughout Ghana AMO has installed one Model School in every region. 2012 was the year that the coordination of the AMO Programme was taken over by Hopespring Foundation, headquartered in Accra.
Anno 2014 AMO turned the Model School Project into a Programme. 2014 is also the year that AMO started building a complete new Learning Centre at Abepotia – Nkawkaw. Currently AMO has moved from Abetifi to Abepotia, where AMO Learning Materials (ALMs) are produced in an efficient working environment and from where all the activities are coordinated.
To improve the quality of education in Ghana, West Africa, by implementing teaching-learning materials into early childhood education and primary education.
AMO intends to improve the quality of education by implementing ALMs. Especially for children, experiencing through playing is a good way of learning. Through puzzling, building, identifying, combining, arranging, sorting and playing, children come in contact with the basics of numeracy, literacy, creativity, problem solving and moral values.
AMO has four departments: Production, Training, Research and Marketing. All these functions are practiced, based on the four times ‘local’ principle:
- Local governance: Board and Management consist of Ghanaians
- Local materials: the use of local materials, mainly wood
- Local people: Ghanaian employees
- Local products: ALMs fitting within the Ghanaian context
“What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand.” Confucius