Between 2012 and early 2016 Whitefield Schools worked with the Benito Menni school in the Obuasi region of Ghana, as part of the Global Schools Partnership scheme through the British Council. Nicole Whitelaw and Wendy Harris first visited the school in October 2012.
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They spent a week at Benito Menni school, a special school for pupils ranging from 6 to 26 years old. Pupils are housed in a single classroom, with an outdoor play area and practical workshop. Much of the day is given to practical lessons, where the pupils work towards creating items which can be sold at the local market. We participated in broom making, printing and the production of corn, with pupils and staff keen to show us their skills.
Pupils making brooms from palm leaves in the practical workshop
Foster and Sister Odile making screen printed cloth
Some of the parents showing the meal of fish, banku and pepper sauce they made for us.
Nicole and Wendy were made to feel very welcome by pupils, staff and parents alike. The parents group cooked us a special celebratory meal, and we had a fantastic afternoon watching them cook and produce a delicious feast.
They were inspired by many of the things we saw at Benito Menni, including how resourceful staff are, and how joyful and enthusiastic everyone involved with the school is. Parents, staff and pupils of the school were overwhelmed with the generous gifts of teaching materials made by parents from Whitefield. Both schools are committed to making this an ongoing partnership - see the links to the left to find out how things developed in subsequent years.
The staff and pupils of Benito Menni accepting gifts from the parents of Whitefield pupils