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Randstad Education sponsorship enables VSO volunteer teachers to help Ghana

Randstad Education sponsorship enables VSO volunteer teachers to help Ghana

Through their partnership with the VSO, Randstad Education’s 2011 Global Skills Share programme has attracted a significant number of high calibre candidates, who have the potential to create real change for the people of Ghana.

Re-launched in 2011, the Global Skills Share programme gives primary teachers or education managers, with a minimum of three years’ experience, the opportunity to volunteer through the Voluntary Service Overseas programme, as teacher support officers in Ghana for a period of three months. Randstad Education’s sponsorship will provide supply cover to the successful applicants’ schools free of charge for the full period of their placement.

Alison Helm, assistant head teacher at Curwen Primary School in London, will be the first of this year’s volunteers to depart for Ghana on 11th September 2011 and will be documenting her experience in a blog via the Randstad Education website.

CurwenPrimary Schoolhead teacher Paul Harris said:“As a school we think this is a fantastic opportunity, not only for Alison to develop her professional skills, but also for our pupils to be able to build meaningful global links with children from other countries. In addition, this opportunity will enhance the work of the school which is now a National Support School through establishing effective partnerships in order to improve the standards of different children’s education. We are very grateful to Randstad Education and VSO for providing this amazing opportunity and we hope to continue to develop global links through these supportive organisations.”

Head of marketing services for Randstad Staffing, Caryn Cooper, explains & lsquo;The Global Skills Share programme is just one element of Randstad’s commitment to CSR.  The local Randstad Education branch has been working closely with the head teacher at Curwen Primary to select a suitable supply teacher, ensuring they are in place and ready to take up their post in September.  This service will also be provided to the two schools of the volunteers going to Ghana in January and May next year.” 

VSO partnerships manager, Sara Karimi confirms “The VSO Ghana Education programme seeks to improve the quality of education for all.  Thanks to the sponsorship of Randstad Education, the Global Skills Share placements will directly contribute to two of the Ghana Education programmes strategic objectives: improving teaching and learning of education and strengthening the capacity of Ghana Education Service staff.  The northern region of Ghana is very poor, with a significantly high proportion of children unable to go to school.  From a holistic perspective, volunteer placements will help to promote international understanding and action and build capabilities and at local level there will be an opportunity to make a real difference sharing skills and cultural differences.”

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