African links celebrated in coast project

Scalby School pupils are doing a Ghana project with Isaac Acheampong. Photo by Dave Barry 112339
Scalby School pupils are doing a Ghana project with Isaac Acheampong. Photo by Dave Barry 112339
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PUPILS got a taste of foreign culture in a Coast to Coast project celebrating its links with a Ghanian school.

Through its involvement with the Creative Partnerships Project, Scalby School students have been exploring their cultural similarities and differences with Ketan Methodist Junior High school in Sekondi.

Ghanian cultural diversity artist Isaac Acheampong has worked with students over the past eight weeks, delivering lessons in African music, dance and art.

Teacher Emma Choat said: “Isaac works with our partner school in Sekondi, which is a coastal resort similar to Scarborough. The pupils have prepared a video presentation which will be presented to students in Ghana.

“They’ve been doing mask making, African drumming, food tasting; they’ve learnt an aspect of Ghanian Culture which we wouldn’t have gained otherwise without having someone who has lived in the country.”

Teacher Donna Wilkinson added: “Making friends around the world, and having cultural competence is an advantage in an increasingly globalised 21st century.

“Scope and horizons are widened further when we experience, appreciate and respect each other’s cultures.

“The students have thoroughly enjoyed working with Isaac. Hopefully a greater appreciation and understanding of each other’s cultures and lives will benefit the greater good, and even if in a small way, help to make the world more understanding and peaceful.”