A Warm Welcome for Ghanaian Pupils
This week, for the first time, we are hosting two pupils from our partner school Essaman United, a secondary school in Elmina, Ghana.
This week we have been delighted to welcome Ghanaian teacher Mr Jude Arthur and pupils Kingsley Ettu-Afful and Loreta Appiah to Kimbolton. Their visit, which coincides with our annual Ghana Day on Wednesday, marks four years since our Senior School entered into a successful partnership with Essaman United, a secondary school in Elmina, Ghana.
Geography teacher and partnership coordinator, Ms Claire Kennedy, believes that staff and pupils from both schools have benefited greatly from the ongoing relationship. She said: “Since 2012 we have had two groups of our pupils visit Essaman United, with a third group due to visit at the end of this term. While a number of Ghanaian teachers have visited previously on British Council grants, this is the first time we have hosted pupils.”
Both Loreta and Kingsley have been shadowing our pupils and taking part in a variety of lessons, as well as participating in Ghana Day. The Day also included Ghanaian options on the lunch menu plus a fundraising cake and jewellery sale with bracelets and necklaces made by Essaman pupils.
In addition to pupil visits, the partnership involves a range of activities including cultural exchange, charitable fundraising, collaborative projects and Ghanaian-themed teaching in a range of academic subjects. The focus is on topics that already feature in both curricula, with teachers delivering lessons fair trade (geography and religious studies), slavery (history), and the intricacies of the popular Ghanaian game Oware (maths).
This year’s visit to Essaman United involves 13 Second and Third Form pupils and will take place from 27 March to 6 April.