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North-South Connection: Partnership for a more just world between European and African schools

Issue #2   October 2014

Dear Friend of the World,

This second newsletter, in the frame of the project "North-South Connection", will deal with the study visit of 5 Ghanaian teachers in Slovenia. With the collaboration of the Ghanaian nongovernmental organization Embracing Hidden Talents Network (EHT Network), Zavod Voluntariat was very pleased to welcome these teachers in Ljubljana for one week, from 7th ot 14th of September. 

 

Send your comments and ideas for news @gsc.slovenia@gmail.com and the project team!

5 Ghanaian teachers and project coordinator in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Ghanaian teachers came to Slovenia for a study visit 

From the 7th to the 14th of September 2014, 5 teachers and their coordinator came from Ghana for a study visit in Slovenia, thanks to the cooperation between Zavod Voluntariat and the Ghanaian organization Embracing Hidden Talents (ETH) Network.They had the chance to visit the Slovenian secondary schools involved in the project North-South Connection in Ljubljana, Celje, Maribor and Ravne na Koroškem, to meet students and teachers and to talk to the students about their countries and cultures.

In addition, the Ghanaian teachers visited the Ministry RS of Foreign Affairs, the Institute RS for Education and Sloga – the platform of Slovene non government development organizations.

During their visit, the teachers attended also entertaining and educational events, such as the projection of the movie "Schooling the world" in Skuhna restaurant (a social entrepreneurship project run by Zavod Global)  and the the round table titled “School Partnerships: New Form of Colonialism?” and was concluded with the presentation of project results and impressions about the partnership.

Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RS

Photo: Ivan Kolenko 

On 11th of September, the Ghanaian teachers, together with the EHT Network coordinator Ebenezer Parditey, the project manager Max Zimani and Katja Celin Yere of Zavod Voluntariat, met the Director-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mitja Štrukelj. 

Visit to the secondary schools of Ljubljana, Celje, Maribor and Ravne na Koroškem

Educational Centre for Postal Services, Economics and Telecommunications of Ljubljana

The Ghanian teachers visited the Educational Centre for Postal Services, Economics and Telecommunications of Ljubljana. They met the students of 3rd grade, who presented their work in the frame of the project. The teachers then presented their own school to the students and had the chance to visit the school facilities.  In the frame of "North-South" project, the ŠC PET of Ljubljana was partner with the Odorgonno Senior High School in Accra.  

Photo: Ivan Kolenko

Economic School of Celje

 The Ghanaian teachers were guests at the Economic School of Celje. They gave lectures to the Slovenian students as host teachers and then, they attended the exhibition in Celje "Celeia - mesto pod mestom"  and visited the central library.

In the frame of "North-South" project, the Economic of Celje was partner with the Christian Methodist Senior High School in Accra.

  Photo: Ivan Kolenko

Secondary School for Gastronomy and Tourism of Maribor

 

Teacher Emmanuel Dogodzi from the high school Saint Thomas Aquinas from Ghana was guest teacher at the Secondary School for Gastronomy and Tourism of Maribor for two days. 

Photo: Ivan Kolenko 

 

 The Ghanaian teachers and coordinators were also served Slovenian lunch prepared by the students, under the supervision of professors Romana Zeleznik and Smiljan Benkovic.

In the frame of "North-South" project, the Secondary School for Gastronomy and Tourism of Maribor was partner with the Saint Thomas Aquinas Senior High School in Accra.

 

 Photo: Ivan Kolenko

Secondary School of Ravne na Koroškem

 

The Ghanaian teachers visited also the Secondary School of Ravne na Koroškem, where they  were received by the headmistress Ivanka Stopar and the mayor of Ravne na Koroškem  Tomaž Rožen.

 

Photo: Ivan Kolenko

 

During the visit, the teachers discussed differences between Ghanaian and Slovenian schools in terms of infrastructure, technology and ground rules. In particular, the students were impressed by the rule against smoking and the use of mobile at school in Ghana.

In the frame of "North-South" project, the Secondary School of Ravne na Koroškem was partner with the Ngleshie Amanfro Senior High School in Accra.

Meeting with Peter Bossman, Mayor of Piran

On the 12th of September, the Ghanaian teachers and coordinator visited the Ghanaian-born mayor of Piran, Peter Bossman. The intention of the informal meeting was to present the project and the region of Piran, and to socialize. The meeting was pleasant, full of nostalgia and friendship.

Visit to the National Education Institute

Teachers and project coordinators were kindly hosted by the Manager of Innovative Projects, dr. Natalija Komljanc. Getting acquainted with the work of the Institute and innovative practices in formal educational system, they have exchanged views on two different educational systems.

Closing event and Round Table

The visit was concluded with a round table titled “School Partnerships: New Form of Colonialism?” and with the presentation of project results and impressions about the partnership. The event took place at the Slovene NGDO Platform SLOGA on the 11th September. The guests of the round table were Rene Suša from the Association Humanitas, dr. Natalija Komljanc from the National Education Institute and Ebenezer Parditey from EHT Network Ghana.

One of the conclusions of the round table regarded the difficulty within these projects to maintain equality among organizations, since the European financial mechanism for projects allows the distribution of the funds by 80-20 principle, benefitting mainly European countries.

 

Movie night: "Schooling the world"

On the 8th of September, there was the projection of the movie "Schooling the world"  at Skuhna restaurant in Ljubljana (a social entrepreneurship project run by Zavod Global). The movie tries to provide a look at the role played by modern education in the destruction of the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures. The vision of the movie was followed by a discussion and a critical exchange of ideas.

From the website http://schoolingtheworld.org/

The project is co-funded by the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

 

Newsletter produced by Zavod Voluntariat.