The 2016 Summer Programme for primarily new SOS international students consisted of five fun and action filled weeks. The two main intentions of the Programme were to strengthen the new international students’ language skills before the year’s academic work begins, as well as, to develop their social skills in a new environment, as envisioned by the Principal, Mr. I.T. Ofei. In total thirty-seven students took part in the programme. The facilitators were Mrs. Helena Melomey, Mr. Richard Domey, Mrs. Deborah Sampson, Mr. Isaac S-Darko, Mrs. Ayeshat Addison, Mr. Stephen Bempah and Mr. Michael Oduro. Three educators who supported the students the entire period were Mr. Malik Torbay, Ms. Anita Boakyewaah and Ms. Owusuaa Amponsah.
The language teachers were charged to design and deliver a programme that would improve the students’ language skills within the short period in a relaxed and enjoyable manner. This was in no doubt achieved. Similarly, computer science teachers introduced the students to basic skills in computing.
The students were also introduced to informative and educative topics on Hostel life, to name just a few: Why we are here, Personal Hygiene, Table Manners, Temperament, amongst others. The numerous sporting activities and icebreakers helped in building good relationships. The students also had lots of fun with trips to Golden beach, Prampram, Sajuna river front- Akosombo, Kakum forest reserve and to Cape Coast castle.
A major aspect of the programme was the bonding and homestay. Twenty-one new national students joined us in the fourth week. It was an activity-based week focused on confidence and team building. Both groups, the international students and the national students, had the opportunity to bond before school started. At the end of the week twelve international students were invited for a week’s homestay with their fellow national students. The remaining twenty-five international students spent the time in the Asiakwa and Kumasi SOS children’s villages.
After the sessions had ended, students filled out evaluation forms aimed at rating the success of the programme. Comments were generally very positive with most students expressing delight in the oral lessons held in the mornings. Certainly, they faced challenges in some of the activities, but believed that it had been beneficial in the end.
Overall, we believe the programme was enriching and fulfilling for both the facilitators and students, and we were privileged to be a part of it.
Ms. Helena Melomey, Senior House Tutor