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Volunteer in education with Partner West Africa
Volunteer in education with Partner West Africa
Work with young children in education in Ghana, West Africa
Help plan lessons for teachers to teach creativity in the Ghanaian classroom
Volunteer with children in the nursery
Teacher and child working together in Ghana, West Africa

Izzy's First Day Out

Programme Completed: New - The PWA Daycare & Nursery Centre

Date Posted: 28/06/2018

Izzy is volunteering with Partner West Africa for 4 weeks working on the PWA Daycare and Nursery programme, read on to find out about her first day.

Izzy is volunteering with Partner West Africa for 4 weeks working on the PWA Daycare and Nursery programme. She's visiting different nurseries to learn about the Ghanaian curriculum and teaching style to help us decide on the best approach when re-open our nursery in the near future. 

"My first day’s research wasn’t what I had anticipated research to feel like. Rather than having to ask questions to probe out answers for helpful pieces of information such as the cost of running the nursery or the teaching methodology I found that the staff freely offered me all I needed to know within general conversation that I had with them. Both they and the children made me feel very welcome and at ease by treating me as an equal, despite being an unfamiliar ‘Obroni’ (white person). As a result, I have left my first day with an invitation to accompany the family staff members to church this Sunday and a friend to go to the mall with on Saturday.
I arrived to a school full of singing and dancing children half way through their Wednesday morning worship which happens once a week and was invited to join into the songs and given a partner to dance with from KG1. After these initial songs to ‘wake the children up’ there were a series of prayers and then individual gospel songs by the staff. I was asked to sing my own which I felt I couldn’t decline so sang the chorus of shine Jesus shine, very badly and forgetting some of the words, but they appreciated it anyway and all filmed me doing so. Spending most of my day in crèche (age 1- ½) and nursery 1 (age 2-3) my main observation was the level of natural discipline and maturity of the children compared to children of the same age in the UK. There were of course the usual tantrums of ‘someone pushed me’ or ‘took my chair’ but overall they were ready to learn, even if it was for a short amount of time, and paid respect and attention to the teacher. I happily reported this back to Mama Habiba who owns the nursery after retiring from being a trained teacher for 20 years which she was delighted to hear.
I have enjoyed my first day at Divine Hope school and am now excited to go back again tomorrow. It is certainly different to junior schools in the UK from its lack of resources and outward appearance but once inside the classrooms and immersed in the routine of the school day that separation is easy to forget. Additionally, speaking with the teachers, most of whom are my age (19 to early 20s) and study chemistry, nursing or fashion design at university or are about to, it’s clear that the Ghanaian path of education while not as structurally set or monitored, it is not as different as I had expected."
- Izzy Da Costa
 

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