Savana Signatures in February 2016 hosted a group of Dutch students and teachers from the Netherlands under an exchange programme known as “Going Global “programme.
The Going Global programme is an initiative of Edukans Foundation that connects Dutch schools with schools in developing countries and raises awareness about the importance of good quality education.
It also involves cultural and social exchanges between students of varied educational, cultural and social backgrounds. The participating Dutch students during their trips shared their experiences with their colleagues back home through blogging.
The 2016 Going global programme organized by Savana Signatures in collaboration with Edukans Foundation was hosted by Yoo Roman Catholic Junior High School in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality of the Northern Region of Ghana.
“This is one of the outstanding events our school has ever participated in,” said a teacher of Yoo R/C JHS.
“The teachers and students of the school earlier thought that the Going Global programme will be a mere visit of foreign students and teachers. After spending one week with us, we have learned a lot from each other. The going Global programme is an amazing programme”, one of the teachers of Yoo R/C JHS indicated.
Edukans Senior Programme Adviser Frits Kruiswijk who commended Ghanaian teachers for being hardworking said, the Dutch teachers and students would closely with their counterparts from Yoo R/C JHS to improve teaching and learning outcomes.
He said the two side had developed an action plan for the school aimed to improve upon the quality of the education.
“We demonstrated the use of active learning throughout our interaction with students and teachers of the school. We will work together to improve things in that school”, he stressed.
Frits said this when he addressed students, teachers, policy makers and community members of the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality during the closing ceremony of a weeklong interaction between teachers and students from the Netherlands and their Ghanaian counterparts in Yoo R/C JHS.
The Executive Director of Savana Signatures John Stephen Agbenyo said, his outfit was running a number of programmes in the Municipality and that the choice of Yoo R/C JHS to host the 2016 programme was not the coincidence. “The school has demonstrated their willingness to improve teaching and learning outcomes”, he said. Yoo R/C JHS is also benefiting from projects such as the World Starts With Me (WSWM), a Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRHR) programmes and Integration of ICT in Education Programme (IIEP) being run by Savana Signatures.