Community Service with the Noble Family School
It is increasingly clear that academic knowledge and skills are not enough unless these could be used to address genuine community needs and to make the world a better place. This goal cannot be achieved without exposing children to some of the problems around us, teaching them empathy, civic responsibility, practical problem solving, reflecting and discovering that they can make a difference regardless of their age.
At the International School of Ahafo, community service is an integral part of our school philosophy. Opening up the classroom door to the community creates more opportunities for students and teachers to enrich the curriculum, teaching and learning.
As part of efforts to deepen the school's relationship with the local community through service, the school has started working with the Noble Family School, a private day school located on the Hwidiem-Kenyase road. This is in addition to the Student Council and the Principal’s weekly visits to the Methodist School in Kenyase. Once a week, the Student Council members and our senior students, will visit the Noble Family to run Drama lessons and to support their reading needs.
In order to ensure the sustainability of support and improve the outcomes for students, ten teachers and the Principal of Noble Family school are also observing our lessons between the hours of 8.00am to 3.00pm, depending on class schedules. Teachers observing teachers is a form of professional development that improves teaching practices and student performance. The emphasis is on sharing best practices as to how things could be done differently in the classroom to ensure that students in our supported schools can succeed against all the odds.
We have also invited them to key school events. During Book Week, a group from the school went to the Noble Family School to read with the children and to organise some sporting activities.
During one of our trips to the Noble Family School, we acted some of the parts and for want of time, gave them the script to study for our next visit. To our utter amazement, when we went back this week, they had learnt the scripts and acted out the most brilliant play yet. As a reward for their efforts, they were invited to perform at our Morning Assembly on 2nd November 2018.
We have also extended an invitation to Noble Family to this year’s Christmas Concert.