A weeklong educational, social and cultural exchange programme between Dutch students, teachers and their Ghanaian counterparts has begun at Savelugu in the Northern Region of Ghana.
Organized by Savana Signatures in collaboration with Edukans Foundation, a Dutch international organization is aimed to expose both Dutch students and teachers and their Ghanaian counterparts to cultural, educational and social setups of each nation.
The programme dubbed; “Going Global” is an exchange programme that is to enable students and teachers from the Netherlands and Ghana to learn more about educational, cultural, social, economic and political systems of both countries. The programme is also aimed to connect Dutch schools to some Ghanaian schools as part of efforts to help improve the quality of education.
The programme is being implemented at Yoo Roman Catholic (R/C) Junior High School (JHS) based at Savelugu/Nanton Municipality in the Northern Region.
The Executive Director of Savana Signatures, John Stephen Agbenyo said, Yoo R/C JHS was selected as the host of the exchange programme because it had been a beneficiary of some of its projects.
He explained that as part of the activities of Going Global, Dutch students and teachers will participate in classroom activities including sitting in during lessons delivering to observe how Ghanaian teachers and students interact in class while teaching and learning. They would also observe teaching and learning methodologies by Ghanaian teachers and students. The Dutch teachers will also, in turn, demonstrate some of their teaching methodologies using “active learning” methodology.
The Dutch students and teachers including the staff of Edukans Foundation over the weekend interacted with members of the Yoo community aimed to learn more about their social and cultural setup, the Director indicated.
He, however, urged teachers, school administrators and students of Yoo R/C JHS to take advantage of the programme to establish strong networks with Dutch schools to replicate what works well in their education system and incorporate them into Ghanaian education to improve the quality of education.
Frits Kruiswijk, Senior Programme Advisor of Edukans Foundation commended Ghanaians for their peaceful coexistence especially Christians and Muslims in the country. Stressing on the importance of the exchange programme, Kruiswijk said both students and teachers from the Netherlands and Ghana were already learning and sharing idea and experiences together hoping that this will build a lasting relationship between the two nations.
Abdul Rashid, Assistant Director of Education in-charge of NGOs at Savelugu/Nanton Municipal Assembly commended Savana Signatures and its partner Edukans Foundation for the immense educational support given to schools in the Municipality.
Savana Signatures, he said provided ICT equipment to an about ten(10) schools in the municipality to aid teaching and learning. The organization’s ongoing programmes such My World and My Life(MWML), and the World Starts With Me (WSWM) both Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) programmes and Integration of ICT in Education (IIEP) have contributed immensely to the reduction of teenage pregnancies in Savelugu/Nanton Municipality. He said students and teachers’ knowledge in the use of ICT to learning and teach has also been enhanced, improving tremendously teaching and learning outcomes in schools.
He lauded Going global initiative and that the programme would go a long way to establishing good relations between the two countries. Rashid commended Savana Signatures for its programming and especially for resourcing some schools in the Municipality with computers aimed to enhance ICT education as well as implementing projects that helped to empower the girl child.
In his welcome statement, Abdulai Alhassan Red, Savelugu/Nanton Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), commended Going Global initiative and advised students and teachers of Yoo R/C JHS to learn more about each other’s culture. The MCE assured Savana Signatures and its partner organization, Edukans Foundation of the Assembly’s support and commitment to the implementation of their projects in the Municipality.
The headmistress of Yoo R/C JHS, Patricia Dumbah, expressed her profound appreciation to Savana Signatures for its initiatives and building the capacity of her teachers in the use of ICT to prepare and deliver lessons. She also thanked the organization for implementing a number of programmes geared toward the girl-child empowerment.