Pendle teachers make connection at African school

One of the pupils at St Dominic’s High School in Ghana

One of the pupils at St Dominic’s High School in Ghana

First published in News

TEACHERS from a Pendle high school learned how children in Africa are taught when they visited a ‘twinned’ school in Ghana.

Fisher More High School in Gibfield Road, Colne, has linked up with St Dominic’s Junior High School in Kammasi, Ghana, as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project.

During half-term, head of geography Andy Reeves and languages teacher Catherine Wright visited the school for the first time.

They exchanged ideas about teaching, saw how the school day works and observed lessons during the visit.

Mr Reeves said: “It is very different from life at a British school.

“The school day starts at 7am and they finish at 2pm, and the classes are much bigger.

“At the school we were at, the largest class had 48 pupils, but the school next door to our hotel had a class with 73 pupils. A lot of the children and their families have made a big commitment to go to school. Many of the children are very keen to be at school.

“Education is free in Ghana but they have to pay for extra lessons, as well as uniforms and food. The school is on the edge of town, it is a semi-rural area and many of the houses are what we would consider simple shack houses.”

Since returning from the visit, the teachers have been feeding their findings back to the school, as well as talking about the visit to the children. Mr Reeves added: “I’ve been doing assemblies all week and talking about the visit.

“The children here have been fascinated about it. It’s great that they can see that children from other parts of the world are essentially the same as them.”

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3:46pm Thu 13 Mar 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

who taught our kids while these clowns were on a fruitless exercise in Africa??
who taught our kids while these clowns were on a fruitless exercise in Africa?? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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3:57pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Colne says...

Read the story they went at half term!! Seems a very worthwhile project to me
Read the story they went at half term!! Seems a very worthwhile project to me Colne
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9:34pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
who taught our kids while these clowns were on a fruitless exercise in Africa??
Exactly. Whoever heard of education meaning learning something new?

It all went pear shaped when they got ideas like not teaching that the world is flat or the earth is 6000 years old or that illnesses are caused by witchcraft.

Just make sure that the kids in Pendle never come across a new idea or experience, never learn about anything different and never have their horizons broadened. What could possibly go wrong?
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: who taught our kids while these clowns were on a fruitless exercise in Africa??[/p][/quote]Exactly. Whoever heard of education meaning learning something new? It all went pear shaped when they got ideas like not teaching that the world is flat or the earth is 6000 years old or that illnesses are caused by witchcraft. Just make sure that the kids in Pendle never come across a new idea or experience, never learn about anything different and never have their horizons broadened. What could possibly go wrong? Excluded again
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12:16am Fri 14 Mar 14

Colneunitedfc says...

What a daft comment from mr slumdweller- obviously failed at school !
What a daft comment from mr slumdweller- obviously failed at school ! Colneunitedfc
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