Barkingside teacher makes journey of a lifetime to Ghana

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 November 2011

Tess Theron teaching in Ghana at the Ambition School

Tess Theron teaching in Ghana at the Ambition School


A primary schoolteacher made the journey to Ghana for a once in lifetime trip to aid her pupils’ understanding of the country.

Ghana facts

• Ghana declared independence from the United Kingdom on March 6, 1957.

• Twenty-four million people are estimated to live in Ghana.

• Ghana’s current constitution was established in 1992.

• Ghana lost a quarter-final penalty shootout against Uruguay by four kicks to two in the 2010 football World Cup.

• Four medals have been won by Ghanaian athletes in summer Olympic Games, but none were gold

Tess Theron, 40, a Year 4 teacher at Clore Tikva Primary School, Fullwell Avenue, Barkingside, spent a week in the north of Ghana as part of her school’s partnership programme.

The South African-born teacher, who now lives in South Woodford, said: “I have always been interested in teaching children about different cultures and I thought the trip would give me first-hand experience which I could link into our curriculum.

“There is no better way than to enrich yourself as a teacher.”

The small charity Tzedek took three teachers to Ghana with funding from the British Council.

They spent time teaching lessons, receiving training and observing the different types of teaching with their partner schools.

She said: “I had such admiration and respect for the teachers over there and I look forward to strengthening the bonds between our schools.

“The schools in Ghana have very basic classrooms and facilities and no computers but the children were very motivated to learn and treated all adults with respect.

“The children have been exchanging their work and are learning that they have a lot in common.”

The programme focuses on a year-long learning partnership where students share their playground games, a view from the window and a day in the life of their school, by post due to the resources available in Ghana.

Tess added: “The only thing I missed while I was there was not being able to brush my teeth with water from a tap.”

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