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Volunteer to teach children in Ghana about aspects of health like oral health
Volunteer to teach children in Ghana about aspects of health like oral health
Volunteers brushing their teeth during a school session on the Children's Health, Hygiene and Nutrition programme
Volunteer to teach special activities in schools in Ghana, West Africa
Children are very interested to have volunteers come to teach special workshops
Volunteer projects in schools in Ghana, West Africa

Volunteers Learn Too!

Date Posted: 01/09/2017

Children learn from projects run in schools by Partner West Africa but read on to hear what the volunteers who deliver the projects learn.

There’s no denying that Ghanaian schools are different to UK schools, but wherever you live children are children and all enjoy having visitors adding a special activity into their normal school day. Partner West Africa (PWA) ran some oral health workshops at 2 of their partner schools this summer: House of Grace, a specialist school for Deaf and Hearing Impaired children, and St. Peter's School in Opeikuma, a large government run, rural school in the central region of Ghana. The children all learned about how to take care of their teeth but the volunteers also benefitted from some valuable learning too. Here’s the thoughts of 2 of the volunteers helping on the project:

 

Lucy: ‘From House of Grace, I learned that having a hearing impairment does not dampen a child’s enjoyment and willingness to learn. The children were constantly excited and happy, and were incredibly grateful for the workshops and for the toothbrushes/toothpaste they were presented with. The children at St Peter’s surprised me with their level of knowledge – from this I learned that there are definitely some misconceptions perhaps of the level of education in some developing countries. I learned that both schools are filled with great children, all of whom are excited to learn and to have fun!’

 

Larissa: ‘This workshop has developed my own personal learning by working with children of different ages and abilities. For example, in House of Grace School, I have never worked with hearing impaired or deaf children so I was able to learn a different mode of communication through sign language lessons provided by the children, as well as ways to engage with different children at different levels, getting down to their level and overcoming language barriers. This was one of the best experiences for me that I feel so lucky to have taken part in. This experience made me more open minded to methods of communication and made me determined to learn more sign language to enable me to fully engage with hearing impaired and deaf children. It has made me appreciate how difficult and frustrating it must be for them to get their feelings across to family and friends around them that cannot communicate through sign language.

In St Peters school the class was a lot bigger with a mixture of ages ranging from 3-5 years. I learnt from the children their level of oral healthcare knowledge through asking the children lots of different questions. This allowed me and the other volunteers to gauge the children’s level of understanding to adjust our workshop to meet their needs and abilities.’

 

If you would like to get involved in a similar project take a look at PWA’s International Schools Partnership Programme and Children’s Health, Hygiene and Nutrition Programme so see where your skills fit in best.

Author: Partner West Africa

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