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Welcome ceremony kicks off Ghana summer school

Sebastian Thomas teaching a summer school class

The Ghanaian schools may have broken up for the summer holidays, but there is still plenty of teaching for volunteers to get involved in. Last year Projects Abroad launched a summer school programme in the Akuapem Hills region of Ghana. We work alongside Young Souls Academy, one of the schools used during term time and provide free lessons to children from the local community who want to improve their English during the holidays. Volunteers also teach basic maths, science, drama and sports, making sure the lessons are full of fun and variety. This year we have signed up a record 350 children who will be taught by 13 volunteers and 3 local teachers over the next six weeks.

Alex Adjanie, proprietor of the school and a Teaching & Project Abroad host welcomed the volunteers and Suzi Lamb receiving a certificate from Alex Adjanie outside her classroom children to the summer school and spoke of his appreciation of the work the volunteers have accomplished at the school over the past year. This year's opening ceremony also involved the naming of a classroom after Suzi Lamb, a visiting Projects Abroad staff member. Suzi sent the first volunteers to Young Souls whilst working as a regional co-ordinator in the region last year and was honoured by being made a 'Mother of Young Souls'. Suzi went on to cut the ribbon of the new school library, established with books donated by one of last year's summer school volunteers, Dorrie Oliver.

Once the speeches and formalities were completed a cake was cut to welcome all the children, before lessons got underway. The volunteers have all put a lot of thought Lucie Stoker taking a summer school lesson into their different lessons, with Lucie's limerick competition producing some interesting rhymes, whilst the sound of the six year old grade one children singing 'If you're happy and you know it clap your hands' echoed round the school yard.

At the end of the first day, the children, volunteers and local staff were all thrilled with the day's events and looking forward to the next six weeks work.

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