Mission Statement:  Tools for Schools Africa Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the
Northern Region of Ghana by enhancing educational opportunity and access to post primary education.

2003

I had always wanted to return to Africa, and in 2003 I got that opportunity. I was hired to do a teaching tour providing the equivalent of teachers’ conventions for teachers in the Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA). We visited five African countries including Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa. I thank Miffie Greer for this incredible opportunity.

zambia student
Zambia student

teaching faculty
Teaching faculty

breakfast on the mara
Teaching staff and friends breakfasting on the Masa Mara

pride of lions
Pride of lions that Gary excited

giraffes
Giraffes on the Mara

After seeing that many local African schools were still lacking the most basic resources, it seemed that many the next-to-new resources being discarded in Alberta schools could be repurposed. Small shipments were sent to Morocco, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana. All recipients were appreciative but it was the Ghanaian teachers who wrote several letters back asking for books. “Please madam, can you send us more books, of any kind, but especially library books as our schools have none.” With that request the next phase of TFS-Africa began.

school supplies on the mara
School supplies shipped back to the Mara