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Students team up to help build college in Ghana
ENTERPRISING South Cheshire College students helped to refurbish a Ghana school during a once-in-a-lifetime mission.
Students Will Munson, Jodie Hind and Molly Coppenhall were all part of a 15-strong team from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Cadets who headed out to Africa.
The group’s task was to modernise a school block in Aborhadi in the Volta region of the West African nation.
The students spent two weeks working on the school and the visit helped them to learn more about life in Ghana.
During the trip, the group painted and repaired the school to the delight of teachers and children.
The students raised cash to cover the expense of their flights, accommodation and other additional costs of the trek.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Cadets give young people, aged 13 to 18, an insight into working within a uniformed service and encourage them to develop both personally and socially.
The cadets visits Ghana every two years to help build or refurbish a school in the Volta region in a project dating back to 2005.
Work on the school they refurbished this year first started in 2007, but due to a failure of external funding it was never completed to a good standard.
The school block was made up of three classrooms which are used as a kindergarten and new entrants classrooms where all new entrants to the school, irrespective of their age, start their school life.
During the trip, the team of cadets were led by seven cadets staff members who co-ordinated work on the school.
Members of the team set to work on completing the block by replacing the floors, rendering all the walls, providing new windows and doors and redecorating the facility.
Will, 17, who is studying A-Levels in Economics, History and Politics at South Cheshire College, said: “It was a wonderful eye-opening experience and one that I will never forget.
“The people there were so friendly and very appreciative of what we did and it was great to see the smiles on their faces at the end of the project.
“This was the first time I’d ever done anything like this with the Cadets but I’m very glad I signed up to take part.”
After the block had been modernised, the vadets celebrated the re-opening of the school with a ceremony of singing and dancing with the community.
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