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Volunteer with children in Ghana to exchange cultural projects
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School Partnership Work Continues at St Peter's School, Opeikuma

Date Posted: 16/08/2017

As part of Partner West Africa’s International School Partnership Programme the team visited St Peter’s School in Opeikuma, a rural village in the Central region of Ghana to help the students complete an exchange project for their partner school in the UK.

As part of Partner West Africa’s (PWA) International School Partnership Programme (ISPP), which aims to break down cultural barriers by connecting students from Ghana and the United Kingdom, the PWA team visited St Peter’s School in Opeikuma, a rural village in the Central region of Ghana. An important aspect of what the ISPP aims to do is to strengthen the bonds between the partner schools by helping the students to exchange corresponding projects with one another. Projects for this most recent visit included interviews with teachers, information on healthcare systems, and individual personal bios of the students.

As a volunteer working with PWA, the highlight for me was working with the student committee on their personal bios, which included information about themselves and their families, their favourite foods and games, what they liked most about their country, and what they aspire to do in the future. These served as an introduction of the new and returning committee members at St Peter’s to the students at their partner school in Castle Douglas, Scotland. The work produced gave valuable insight into the differences but also, more importantly, the similarities between the lives of the students.

It was also particularly interesting to learn about the different health challenges faced by the students. For example, whilst it is highly unlikely that a student from the UK will have ever had to overcome the potentially fatal disease, malaria, every single student on the committee at St Peter’s had suffered from it multiple times. Similarly, whilst many students from both the UK and Ghana will have had diarrhoea at some point, there are differences in frequency, severity and the cause between the two.

Finally, the students at St Peter’s completed interviews with their teachers, in response to those sent over by Castle Douglas School. The interviews covered the teacher’s interests, their reasons for going into teaching, their favourite foods, and other areas of their lives. The whole experience was great fun for both the students, who got to learn more about their friends in the UK, and the PWA team. As well as being fun, an important cultural bridge was renewed between the schools which will continue to grow in the future.

Author: Juliet - PWA Volunteer

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