4:30pm Thursday 1st March 2012
At Surbiton High School there is an exciting project currently undergoing. Lead by the enthusiastic and passionate English teacher Miss Suzy Pett, the Ghana Book Project, is entitled Akenkan. The name Akenkan for the series, which means ‘read along’ in Twi was suggested by a Ghanaian teacher who helped set up the project.
It is a challenging project which involved Surbiton High students writing and illustrating books for a specific school in Ghana for Ghanaian school children. The books will be professionally printed and taken to the school in the summer of 2012 by a selective group of the girls who are undertaking this project.
In addition to this, there has been a large scale amount of fundraising to fund this project. So far, there have been mufti days and a variety of cake and international food sales. There have also been talks in school from various charities, for example Street Child Africa which have helped to enhance the students greater understanding of the educational and social situation in Ghana. Divine Chocolate is a supporter of this project and has kindly donated free chocolate to help with the fundraising.
The first book was published in October 2011, and is on sale in Waterstones in Kingston and the Regency Book Shop in Surbiton. They are also on sale in the Surbiton High School library, for £5 which further goes into printing more books. To support the project, visit : www.akenkan.org/index.html
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