It's a twin-win situation for visiting Ghanaians

Substitute teacher: One of the Ghanaian visitors, Valens Fianyo, with Akiva Primary pupils in Finchley

Substitute teacher: One of the Ghanaian visitors, Valens Fianyo, with Akiva Primary pupils in Finchley

An educational twinning scheme run by international aid charity Tzedek brought three Ghanaian teachers to London to talk about their experiences and to lead lessons at Jewish schools.

Tzedek's Learning Together scheme has provided an interactive forum for pupils in the UK and Ghana to develop an understanding of the world and their role within it.

The programme lasts an academic year and lessons are based on an exchange of work. "Everything is sent via post so the pupils are receiving papers that have been written in the other country," Tzedek education director Libby Burkeman explained.

Exchanged material includes drawings of the view from classroom windows and "day in the life of" photos.

The visit of Valens Fianyo, Grace Laryea and Abubakari Shahadu reciprocated the trip to Ghana made by three UK teachers last October. Both were funded by the British Council.

They discussed the Ghanaian education system, the school experience there and what had attracted them to teaching.

Mr Fianyo teaches at the Kanuilli Roman Catholic schools complex in Tamale, where the normal class size is 62. Kanuilli is twinned with the Akiva Primary in Finchley, where he pronounced the facilities "excellent. The children have such a cordial relationship with the staff." He answered questions such as "Do you have any famous people in Ghana?"

    Last updated: 8:13pm, May 10 2012