Wales High- Go to Ghana

Alexa M – Y7

Sixth form students and a few lucky teachers are to venture to Ghana to help their society. This amazing trip will take place in July for 10 days. A lot of effort has gone into fundraising for this trip. We have interviewed some sixth form students and researched the trip; this is what we found out.

One of the people we interviewed was the head teacher: Mr Di’Iasio. The question, “How do you thing the trip will affect the students attending?” Mr Di’Iasio then told us “it would clearly change their lives”. He also expressed the fact that it would basically create a new personality for them. “A trip like this could open up new doors for the students as it’s an amazing opportunity.” He also told us what they would learn during the trip. “They would not only learn about the country its self and the people living there, but they will learn that it is just as important to give as to receive.” Mr Di’Iasio also said how he would support the fundraising. So far he has sponsored students to do a half marathon, had his car washed, supported battle of the bands, bought rubber wristbands and attended discos. He would like to support them with fundraising in other ways also. Mr Di’Iasio clearly showed his support towards the students’ trip to Ghana.

Two students, not attending the trip were also interviewed, about their knowledge of the trip. Ebony Leo and Ashley Evans, Y10, surprisingly, didn’t know much about Ghana or the visit there. We told them all about the trip and this is the response we got. “The trip to Ghana would be a really good experience and I would like to go there if I got the chance.” The two students both had never been to a place like Ghana, where poverty and money is a problem. We asked them ‘what would you do to make people aware of the issues in Ghana?’ “You could hang posters, hand out leaflets and put it in the bulletin to make more people aware.” We also asked ‘why would you like to help Ghanaians?’  “We would like to support a charity like this because some people are less fortunate than ourselves and we would like to make a difference.”

The next set of questions was for sixth form students. The students interviewed were all attending the trip. Joseph Woodward, Nicholas Sherwin and Harry Bell were the three chosen to be interviewed. About 30% of the school know about Ghana and the sixth formers would like to help increase that percentage. They quoted “dodge ball tournaments, car washing, bag packing and a half marathon are some of the ways that we have helped to advertise.” They would hopefully like to perhaps put something in the bulletin or have an assembly on Ghana and the issues that they are trying to solve. They would also have to take a tablet one week before they go, once they have been there for three weeks and again three weeks once they are back to prevent them from getting malaria from mosquitos, when they are there. So far, £2,500 has been raised and they have to raise £15,000. Fundraising would clearly help this.

Overall, going to Ghana could have a massive impact on the way people see things. A lot of effort will be needed however it will all be worth it in the end.  The teachers attending the trip are Mr Greene, Miss Underwood and Mrs Flintof-Howe. As well as the students, the teachers will also hopefully have an amazing time during this trip. Going to Ghana is definitely a great opportunity and experience. How can you help?

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