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School exchange visit sees Africa come to Astley Cooper

Teachers Ebenezer Andoh and Elizabeth Abaidoo, left, with Astley Cooper School's inclusion leader Paul Anstey, centre, and his friends Dorothy and George Adjei, right

Teachers Ebenezer Andoh and Elizabeth Abaidoo, left, with Astley Cooper School's inclusion leader Paul Anstey, centre, and his friends Dorothy and George Adjei, right

A pair of teachers flew over from Ghana to experience a day in the life of a British school in Hemel Hempstead.

Ebenezer Andoh and Elizabeth Abaidoo visited the Astley Cooper School as part of an exchange programme and got to see the inner workings of a secondary school in the UK.

The pair were led on a guided tour of the school on St Agnells Lane before joining in with history, maths, science and English lessons.

The visit came after the school’s inclusion leader Paul Anstey flew out to western Ghana last Easter to teach English to youngsters at the Ayensedu School, about three hours from the country’s capital Accra.

Ebenezer and Elizabeth teach children aged from four to 18 who live in the small village of Ayensedu, and Paul invited them to Astley Cooper so that the students could learn from them.

During the afternoon, the teachers took part in an hour’s interactive Q&A session where they were quizzed by curious pupils.

Paul said: “They could have gone on for longer because the students were so engaged and loved every minute.”

A traditional meal was then laid on in the dining hall by Paul’s friends Dorothy and George Adjei, who wore traditional Ghanaian dress for the occasion. Teachers and students lunched on a tasty menu including jollof rice, Ghana salad, and meat kebab.

Paul said: “It was a fantastic day, one that many of the students won’t forget for a long time.

“Interestingly, many want to go and visit Ghana as they loved eating the food, hearing about the country and also meeting the people, who were so friendly.”

 

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