Savelugu (N/R), Feb. 27, GNA – A group of Dutch students, teachers and volunteers have ended a week-long exchange programme at Yoo Roman Catholic (R/C) Junior High School (JHS) at Savelugu.
The closing ceremony programme dubbed “Going Global” held at Yoo R/C JHS saw pupils of the school and the visiting Dutch team perform various plays showcasing the cultures of their countries.
Savana Signatures, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-oriented non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Tamale organized this year’s Going Global programme in partnership with Edukans Foundation, a Dutch organization.
A total of 31 Dutch students, teachers and volunteers participated in the programme to learn about educational, cultural, social, economic and political system of the country (Ghana) by sitting through classroom lessons at the host school (Yoo R/C JHS) as well as interacting with members of the Yoo community.
At the closing ceremony, Mr Frits Kruiswijk, Senior Programme Advisor of Edukans Foundation, spoke about the visiting Dutch team’s experience at Savelugu describing the teachers and pupils of Yoo R/C JHS as hard working saying the Dutch team had learnt a lot from them.
Mr Kruiswijk, who led the Dutch team, said the visiting Dutch students would make presentations in their various schools in Netherlands to share their experiences of the country (Ghana) with their school mates.
He was happy about the level of religious tolerance in the country and lauded Christians and Muslims in the country for their peaceful coexistence.
Mr Abdulai Alhassan Red, Savelugu/Nanton Municipal Chief Executive, emphasized the need for girls to abstain from sexual intercourse to avoid teenage pregnancies to enable them to attain higher education.
Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, Northern Regional Director of Education, urged the visiting Dutch team and the host school to sustain the relationship to continue to share experiences for their mutual benefit.
Mr John Stephen Agbenyo, Executive Director of Savana Signatures, expressed the hope that lessons learnt would positively impact on the lives of the pupils.
Madam Patricia Dumbah, Headmistress of Yoo R/C JHS, said teachers of the school had learnt a lot of useful skills from the visiting Dutch team and would apply them to improve their delivery in school.
A representative of Yoo – Naa, Paramount Chief of Savelugu, urged the Dutch team to be ambassadors of the country (Ghana) to share their good memories with the Dutch people.