Development


In October 2012, TI-G identified and visited two schools in Cape Coast – one of which is a teachers training college – with whom partnership agreements and a Memorandum Of Understanding in view of potential cooperation pertaining to the Norwegian SABONA program were signed. The long term objective of those meetings: Establish SABONA as a part of the curriculum of a regional teacher training college. The Ghanaian teachers explicitly asked for teacher to teacher exchanges and student to student partnerships. A pen pal program is to start the program. The interest is mutual and sincere between TI-G and these two schools and what remains to be done is to identify financial and operational enablers of the program: Who pays for it? Furthermore, monetary donations and computers are being sought to fund and substantiate a digital school and library to help bridge the infamous digital divide. TRANSCEND members from all over the world inspired by this effort and able to help should contact ghana@transcend.org. This work is also connected to the G-I within the Africa-Peace Research & Practice focus of the Octagon Project. In November 2012, two meetings organized by the official German Development Agency respectively held in Leipzig and Berlin as well as a meeting in January 2013 in Freiburg and a meeting in February 2013 held in Berlin have been attended by Anna Schelling, Adebayo Adeyemi, Karoline Weber and Naakow Grant-Hayford in relation to this particular multifaceted development project the components of which are (a) Euro-African School Partnership + (b) SABONA + (c) Student to Student partnerships + (d) Teacher to Teacher Exchanges.