News 9th November 2021
Shaftesbury School are hoping to raise £10k to bring their virtual classmates from Ghana to the UK
For the last 6 months, Shaftesbury School STEAM students have been collaborating on an online classroom project with students from Accra, Ghana; bringing learning together across the continents via Shaftesbury School’s frontline technology in its ‘future classroom’.
The ‘future classroom’ is an innovative space where technology supports young people to learn. We want our students to become brilliant owners of knowledge, not just consumers of it. Through our work, we have established international links via an organisation called HundrED.Org. These links have led to international collaborations with schools around the world.
The Ghana project is part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths) program. We have 46 ambassadors working on a range of projects.
The Ghana project has been transformative for all involved. 12 students from Shaftesbury (UK) join 12 students from Ghana (Africa) live to learn via Zoom. The lessons have been inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of which are being discussed at COP26 this year. The aim of the project on both sides of the Atlantic is to engage the hearts and minds of our young people and inspire others. Students have been working side by side on issues such as climate change, ghost fishing nets and colonising Mars.
We are asking for funding to take this project to a level we did not imagine possible when we started. During a recent lesson, Brightness, a student based in Ghana planted the seed of a possible face to face meeting. She dreams of learning together with our STEAM students and accessing our technology. We want to make that happen, and we need your help.
This fundraising page is to launch the initiative that brings their learning experience closer to ours. We would love to bring Brightness, her 11 classmates and 2 teachers to Shaftesbury School in June 2022. Help us bring our vision to life and be part of a life-changing educational project.
Our collaboration focuses on social justice and the drive to serve a bigger planetary need. Africa needs to solve its own unique issues concerning social justice and climate change, embedding modern and mostly western technology in the solutions it reaches. Many of these issues are prevalent in both settings as equally, we believe Western children need to learn about Africa and the different problems with which its people are confronted.
We have set an ambitious goal to raise £10,000. The money is to fund 12 x airfares from Accra, Ghana to London, UK, travel insurance, VISAS, passports and activities on location. The students will be staying at Barton Hill, our state boarding facility. Students from Ghana would join their peers in lessons and engage in a plethora of different subjects and lessons. In addition, there are plans to visit sites of cultural significance such as; Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, London and the Jurassic Coast. During the 10-day window (15-25th June 2022) we will be hosting a STEAM symposium, our very own COP26 here in Shaftesbury. The symposium will involve external STEAM sponsors and industry as we look at prevelant issues such as carbon absorbtion, the future of food, the future of travel and sustainable fashion. Students in Ghana will be invited to plant 24 trees alongside the school’s Eco-club to help offset their own personal journey.
If you would like to support the fundraising efforts here is the JustGiving link