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Randstad Educations CSR initiative helps children in the UK and Africa

Randstad Education’s CSR initiative helps children in the UK and Africa

As part of their proactive CSR commitment, Randstad Education’s Global Skills Share programme in partnership with the VSO, is already having a significant impact on the lives of children, not just in Africa but here in the UK too.

The Global Skills Share programme gives primary teachers or education managers the opportunity to volunteer through the Voluntary Service Overseas programme, as teacher support officers in Ghana. Randstad Education’s sponsorship is critical because it provides supply cover to the successful applicants’ schools free of charge for the full period of their placement.

Miriyan Sikkens, teacher at William Davis Primary School in London is the second teacher to embark on the programme and has recently departed for Wa in Ghana.  Her three month placement involves working with teachers and children across several schools in the Upper West region, which is acknowledged as one of the poorest regions of the country.  She is documenting her experience through an informative and visual blog which can be viewed at

Randstad facilitated social media training for Miriyan prior to her departure which will enable her to confidently blog her experience and most importantly engage the children in Ghana with the children at William Davis Primary School in London, enabling them to build meaningful relationships with both educational and personal benefits.

Alison Helm, assistant head teacher at Curwen Primary School in London has recently returned from a similar placement in Ghana where she instigated a literary programme initiative that Miriyan Sikkens will be able to continue.  This gives school children in Ghana the opportunity to use laptops for the very first time and Miriyan will send their letters to the children at William Davis Primary School, sharing the differences and similarities of life at school and at home in Ghana. Miriyan will also be following Alison Helm’s lead by sharing photos of Ghana on her blog so that her pupils and colleagues here in the UK can understand and appreciate the challenges children in Ghana are facing every day.

Alison Helm’s experience that Miriyan Sikkens is now also embracing is a shining example of the enormous benefits that a meaningful CSR initiative can have.  Randstad Education’s commitment to the Global Skills Share programme is delivering tangible benefits at home in the UK and across the globe in Africa by improving the quality of education for all children.

Head of marketing services for Randstad, Caryn Cooper, comments & lsquo;The Global Skills Share programme is just one element of Randstad’s commitment to CSR, but our pledge is to continue this valuable sponsorship into 2012.  The local Randstad Education branch worked closely with the head teacher at William Davis Primary School to select a suitable supply teacher, ensuring someone was in place to take over from Miriyan prior to her departure in January and the same service will also be provided to the school of another volunteer who is currently being selected to go to Ghana in May 2012.”

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