Some 11 Ghanaian pupils have arrived in Beijing China to participate in a week-long cultural exchange programme.

The programme is being hosted by the China-Asia Economic Association, Anhui Tian Chen Cultural Development Limited Corporation and the Ghanaian Embassy in China in collaboration with Stanbic Bank Ghana. It is also supported by the John AgyekumKufuor and Rebecca Foundations.

The children, who are between the ages of 12 and17 years, left Ghana on Saturday August 25, 2018. They were welcomed on arrival in China by the Ghanaian Ambassador, Edward Boateng and representatives of the China-Asia Economic Association and the Anhui Tian Chen Cultural Development Limited Corporation. 

People to people exchange forms the core of the vision of Ghana's President, Nana Akufo-Addo and the Chinese leadership. 

“These are the future of our country. It is therefore imperative to expose them to different cultures at an earlier age to broaden their outlook”, said Mr. Edward Boateng.  

The pupils, who could not hide their excitements, are currently visiting major tourists’ attractions including the Great Wall of China.

Entries for selection and participation in the cultural exchange programme was open to pupilss from the 30th of July to 7th August 2018. 

To participate, pupils had to write or record a video or voice note saying 'what their thing is'.

The winners are from Ghana International School, Accra; Police C and D Basic School, Airport, Accra; New Oxford International School, Kumasi and Alpha Beta Christian College, Accra.

The rest of the schools are Ocanseykope District Authority Basic School, Ada Foah; Mary Mother of Good Counsel, Accra; Maamobi Cluster of Basic Schools; and Calvary Preparatory School, Teshie.

Head of Marketing and Communication at Stanbic Bank, Mawuko Afadzinu said, “the cultural exchange project perfectly lends itself to our CSI strategy on promoting education. We are more than just a bank. Whatever your thing is, Stanbic Bank is here to support you to make it come true.”

Stanbic Bank Ghana, a member of the Standard Bank Group is committed to the growth of the African continent. With a clear focus on education as a core of its corporate social investments, Stanbic Bank continues to support educational initiatives in Ghana.