This year Ghana Week will be about schools, education and volunteering.
Four girls from Sekondi College (partnered with Lipson Community College) and Archbishop Porter Girls Secondary School (partnered with Devonport High School for Girls) are here for the week and their partner schools have arranged a great programme for them. They are Priscilla Owusu, Anthea Mason, Vanessa Bart-Plange and Sylvia Tawiah.
They’ll be in school first thing Monday to meet staff and students, on Tuesday they are to visit other schools with Ghana links, and on Wednesday they will be at Eden Project with the Lipson Y11 Cooperative Studies class.
Tuesday is a big day for other reasons – University meetings, the Lord Mayor and the Ghana Link meeting in the evening.
This visit will cement the new school partnerships and help to revitalise some of the on-going partnerships.
We also expect it to bring the Link to the attention of more people in the City Council and the University.
By the way, very soon we’ll know if Ghana is back into the Olympics fold and able to give us a decision on the visit we hope they will make to Plymouth in July 2012.
Ghana Week 2010
The inaugural Ghana Week took place between 3 and 11 July, and was an opportunity to shout about the wonderful projects and relationships that have been built during the last six years.
The week was action packed and started with the Vice Chair, Nii Yaoboi and Ghana Week Co-ordinator Elaine Budd promoting the week on the Gordon Sparks, BBC Radio Devon Breakfast Show.
Saturday and Sunday saw students from Leigham Primary School, Devonport High School for Girls and Operation Hernia nurses taking part in The Blue Mile Charity Walk "with a difference". The group walked the mile carrying water 'the African way' on their heads. No mean feat when you aren't used to it! Although some water was lost, the participants did extremely well and raised much needed funds for Operation Hernia.
The British High Commissioner Dr. Nick Westcott, just off the train joined the team on Sunday and then met other link members over lunch.
BBC Radio Devon ran interviews with both Dr. Nick Westcott and Operation Hernia on Monday.
A celebration exhibition was set up in the Roland Levinsky Building at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday featuring a range of projects and African artefacts - the Community Xchange, Operation Hernia, Akuapem School and work and projects undertaken as a result of links of Plymouth High School for Girls, Devonport High School for Girls, Lipson Vale and Stuart Road Primary. The displays included films to bring the material to life.
With new visitors joining us on Wednesday - Kofi and Nora Imbeah, the Metro Director of Education and his wife and John Boafo the day was a busy one. It started at 8am with a breakfast event kindly hosted by the University College of St. Mark and St. John which included a tour and provided an opportunity to investigate a link with the University College as well as faith links.
Other events on Wednesday included:
- Primary School Musical Workshops at Plymouth Music Zone with 'Sabey'
- Sabey workshops at the Devonport Art in the Community Event as part of the Big Arts Festival
- Visits to Plymouth Foyer
- City Youth Council cultural debate with Lipson Vale Primary School focussing on 'what they know about Ghana' and 'what they would like to know’
The Ghanaian Deputy High Commissioner together with the other guests attended a dinner with the Lord Mayor on Wednesday evening with representatives from the Link and the City.
Our visitors also attended a reception to celebrate Ghana Week, in the Roland Levinsky Building at the University of Plymouth on Thursday kindly hosted by the University.
The week came to an end with visits to Sir John Hunt Community College, currently establishing a link and Plymouth High School for Girls, that has one of the most proactive links in the city. A visit to Plymouth City Council provided a useful opportunity to reflect on what our visitors had seen during the week and share thoughts and approaches.
This was a wonderful week - and full of activity as the photographs on the right show!