A delegation of nearly 20 heads, principals and senior leaders of British boarding schools will be visiting Accra this month to meet with parents, students, government ministers and business leaders.
The UK Boarding School Exhibition is in response to a recent surge of interest in the benefits of a British boarding education among Ghanaian families.
The main exhibition will be at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra on May 18 – 19, organised by experienced educationalists Mark Brooks Education and Anderson Education.
The organisation of the event is with the full support of the UK’s Department for International Trade and the British High Commission in Accra.
“The United Kingdom and Ghana enjoy shared values, a thriving trading relationship and a belief in the transformation that an outstanding, all-round education with strong pastoral care can make to futures of our young people,” said Mark Brooks one of the organisers.
Many successful academics, artists, commercial leaders, lawyers, medics, musicians, politicians, scientists and sports people from across Ghana owe their resilience, self-confidence and success to the firm foundations they developed at a British boarding school.
“Choosing a school is one of the most important, emotional and financially significant decisions parents will make for their children. Time spent in early exploration, research and discussion with individual schools and specialist consultants is not only wise, but it will also ensure that their sons and daughters will achieve their full potential, in a happy, safe and secure environment,” said Sara Sparling, a Director at Anderson Education.
The 15 leading boarding schools visiting Accra include a range of different types of establishment from girls’ only to co-educational, those that focus mainly on academics to others which have an emphasis on character development, schools which adhere to the traditional British curriculum to others which follow a more internationally based approach.
The full list of schools taking part in the delegation includes ACS Cobham, Ashford School, Bromsgrove, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Dean Close, Gordonstoun, Monkton, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, St David’s College, St Joseph’s College, St Swithun’s, St Lawrence College, Wellington School, Woldingham and Wrekin College.
“We have a long relationship with Ghana and in the past have even brought a student music tour here. However, this is my first visit and I am looking forward to re-establishing connections with such an exciting and rapidly emerging market,” said Chris Barton from Gordonstoun one of the participants.
The free exhibition will be open from 11 am to 4 pm.