Our Teacher CPD Programme offers UK teachers the unique opportunity to work collaboratively with local teachers in Ghana to investigate global themes through a series of practical workshops and excursions.
Who is the programme for?
These 5 day residential visits can be tailored to suit your Key Stage curriculum requirements and specific areas of educational interest, making them equally suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and student teachers.
Benefits of the programme
- Bring a fresh and global dimension to your curriculum
- Develop ideas for how to teach about a different culture and development
- Develop a rich resource bank of ideas for teaching and learning about Ghana
The programme includes a series of excursions and workshops led by experienced facilitators; visits will be tailored to the specific interests of the group. Example activities could include include slave fort tours, rainforest exploration, textile workshops and djembe drumming. There will also be opportunities to visit local charities to learn more about development issues at grassroots.
The cross-cultural collaboration central to our programme is not only a unique and rewarding experience which enhances your own professional development but also means that the programme delivers the same benefits to Ghanaian teachers.
There will be a preparation meeting before you travel where we will give guidance on kit & clothing, travelling tips, inoculations and how to get a visa. It will also be a chance for you to ask questions and meet the rest of the group. Health & Safety is our number one priority. Our systems and processes are comprehensive, robust, regularly reviewed and fully accredited. Read more about Safety…
The visits are structured to suit the professional curriculum needs and personal development agendas of the members of the group. The workshops could include gathering material for a geography case study or exploring environmental development; you may want to discover local music, art, dance, cookery or story telling. We will also visit local markets and religious sites.
The visiting groups stay at our fully catered residential centre. The accommodation is simple and in keeping with a rural and sustainable living concept. The bedrooms are comfortable and clean and located on a large secure shaded plot. We provide three meals a day of locally sourced home cooked food – all needs can be catered for.
Annual courses in October, December, February, March and April
Maximum 12 people
Information packs & pre- arrival planning meeting.
Costs per person:
From £800 – This includes accommodation, food, in-country transport, study resources, workshops, excursions, all briefing, preparation and admin costs. It does not include flights (approx £600), vaccinations, travel insurance and visa.
|Day 1||Travel / arrive / settle|
|Day 2||Introductions: orientation & team awareness
Culture & Traditions: excursion to Elmina town and workshop on impact of slavery
|Day 3||Music & Dance: workshop
Rural Exploration: visit to Sabre Trust school projects & workshop on education in development
|Day 4||Environmental Exploration: waste management workshop or cocoa farm and tropcial forest visit
|Day 5||Debrief: Reflect on effective delivery of topics relating to Ghanaian culture, change and development. How can we use enquiry during this process. What ideas and resources can we share that have been developed. Health & Safety overview for student trips.|
|Day 6&7||OPTIONAL - 2 Day R & R Excursion|
Possible curricular activities
Traditional welcome ceremony – Paying homage to the chief and elders of the community is a must. This is actually a significant way to officially initiate you into the village and be recognized as members of the community. There may witness the traditional prayer to ancestors and gods of the land (libation), display of traditional dance and drumming will not be left out.
Slavery – a topic brought to the fore by the proximity of the Slave Forts in Elmina and Cape Coast. The life cycle of slavery trading, middle passage, plantations, abolition and legacy can be examined in many ways. Project work covers History, as well as Geography, English, Drama, Art , Music, PSHE & Citizenship. It also enables students to focus on a wide range of issues, both historic and current, and encourages each country to address their roles and sense of responsibility.
Fairtrade – Cocoa is Ghana’s largest export – in fact Ghana provides 90% of the cocoa used in Cadbury’s chocolate! Many Ghanaians rely on growing and selling cocoa for a living, making issues of fair trade significant. An investigation into international trade and fair trade can form a compelling project.
Recycling – Waste management an important issue both in Ghana and the UK. In the UK, we produce thousands of tons of waste every year, a growing percentage of which is recycled. As Ghana modernises and Ghanaians use more and more western goods such as water bottles and plastic bags, waste management is becoming a significant issue. Some enterprising Ghanaian entrepreneurs have found an innovative solution to the growing piles of plastic waste: recycling it into jewellery and bags.