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24.10.2005 Regional News

N/R teachers to participate in exchange programme in UK

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Tamale, Oct. 24, GNA - Six teachers selected from three districts in the Northern Region will leave Accra on Friday for East Anglia in the United Kingdom (UK) to participate in an exchange teaching programme with linked schools.

The six teachers drawn from the Tolon/Kumbungu and Savelugu/Nanton districts and the Tamale Metropolis will share their Ghanaian teaching experiences with their counterparts in the UK.

A Tamale-based non-governmental organisation dedicated to providing humanitarian and development services to deprived communities instituted the exchange programme between teachers in the United Kingdom and their counterparts in the Northern Region early this year. Under the programme, teachers from linked schools in the UK would be exchanging teaching experience with their counterparts in selected schools in the Northern Region to improve education. Mrs Christiana Yakubu Nahyi, Project Officer of Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS)/Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) told the GNA in an interview in Tamale on Monday that the visit was a reciprocal one since the UK linked schools teachers were in the Northern Region last June.

She said the Department for International Development (DFID) was funding the programme with technical support from RAINS/CAMFED and Harambee, a UK-based NGO.

Mrs Nahyi, who is leading the delegation to the UK said RAINS/CAMFED had increased its linked schools programmes in the Region from 28 to 34 to ensure that many schools benefited from the programme to improve the educational standards in the north.

RAINS/CAMFED is supporting schools in the Northern Region while Harambee, a UK based NGO is also supporting schools in U.K. to improve academic and infrastructure development.

She said the teachers were expected to attend workshops and seminars in an open forum to share ideas and strategise to meet the challenges facing the educational system in Ghana, especially the Northern Region and the UK.

The teachers from Ghana would introduce to their UK colleagues the positive and negative school life in Ghana and how the government was addressing the problem and would be made to share their teaching experiences in some of the linked schools, she said. The teachers will be away for nine days.

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