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Filed Under (General) by Rob on 17-10-2007

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This is a rare occassion, I (Lois) got to travel and Rob got to stay home with the kids!
Now you know why I look so happy and relaxed!

Last Wednesday I and four other members of staff set off to Ghana for the conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). Here we all are:

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(I’m afraid just about all the photos I have of the conference are around the meal table!!)

Now Ghana is one of those places I have wanted to go to since I was in Cote d’Ivoire in 1992-1994. Accra, it has to be said, is not too much like Cotonou. We really did feel like the villagers come to the big city. Check it out by clicking here.
Unfortunately time was too short to get some good shopping in!

The conference was at a very nice hotel called La Palm Royal Beach Hotel:

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There were 500 hundred teachers there from across Africa and it was a real joy and privilege to meet with people from so many different backgrounds. That said it did have that eerie feeling of many other teachers’ conferences I have been to. In many ways I could easily have been back at the IOE in London. Here is a picture taken immediately after lunch when our workshop leader very wisely got us making something so as to waylay that siesta feeling.

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Unfortunately traveling is very rarely straightforward and on the way there we were delayed at the border for three hours (remember we have to cross the Togo border and the Ghana border. They are only 45 mins apart but border crossings can be very time consuming!). The air conditioning in the car also decided to pack up, I should add this was not our car this time! So we arrived late for the first day and felt very left out as all the other participants had already received there very nice goodie bags and we had to wait until the next day for ours. We also had to leave the conference a day early because of elections in Togo on the Sunday. We knew that the borders would close some time on the Saturday but had been unable to establish whether this would be midday, 6pm or midnight. Not wanting to risk it we left early Saturday morning.

That said we enjoyed some very good workshops between us. Mine were entitled; Schoolwide Enrichment, Teaching Methodologies and Improving the Hundred Chart…with Symbols and a Twist. Two out of the three were excellent which I guess ain’t bad!

Rob and the kids survived admirably without me and I was treated by a rendition of Doe a Deer when I got home (they had watched The Sound of Music two or three times in my absence!)



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