SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College and Wisbygymnasiet School in Gotland, Sweden, established an exchange programme in 2014 to share ideas on politics, history, culture and sustainable development. On Sunday 19th April, 2015, a teacher and a group of ten students from SOS-HGIC visited Wisbygymnasiet in Gotland, Sweden. They arrived at Visby Airport at 4:00 pm local time on April 20th 2015 (Monday) to a warm welcome by Petter and Birgitta Stiernstedts (coordinators of the exchange programme in Gotland).
Activities engaged in included: presentations on history, culture and politics in both Ghana and Sweden. Excursions included tours to the rubber factory, the waste separation station, the biogas plant, the windmill farm, a sheep farm and to Visby old town. For us it was particularly fascinating to see how the church buildings and houses have been preserved. The team returned to Ghana on April 26th 2015.
The exchange programme was a great opportunity to experience and learn about Swedish culture and politics. We found it intriguing that the Swedes could trace their roots back to the ice age and equally remarkable was how the people of Gotland were environmentally conscious and contributed to make Gotland environmentally safe.
On the 24th January, 2016, 13 students and 2 teachers from Wisbygynasiet arrived in Ghana and were met at the airport by Mr. Richard Domey (Director of International Programs) and Mr. Kwaku Boateng. Some activities undertaken included presentations by both groups on pollution. They also visited some places of interest in Ghana.
During interaction with the Principal, Mr. I.T. Ofei, they were very happy with our hospitality and the activities we planned for them. They were particularly excited about the visit to Cape Coast, Kakum National Park, and the Accra Composting and Recycling Plant. The group also enjoyed their visit the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa farm, Centre for Plant Medicine Research and the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana.
The visiting students and teachers were seen off on the 31st January, 2016 at the airport by Mr. Richard Domey and Mr. Kwaku Boateng.
We are looking forward to our next exchange visits.