Volunteer Promotes Health and Safety in Ghanaian Schools
Back in February this year UK staff members Harry Kent and Andrew Fryer attended the British Safety Council health and safety course in London. On the day they met with Madeleine Wright who was due to jet off to Ghana on a Care placement with Projects Abroad at the end of the month.
Madeleine was impressed with what the course had to offer and was motivated to use what she had learned on her Care project out in Ghana.
Following a recent visit to Ghana by International Development Officer, Andrew Fryer we have an update on Madeleine's progress.
Madeleine has been working at Voice Preparatory school and care home in Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana. During a meeting with Andrew she explained what she has been up to.
"Implementing the health and safety course has been very successful at the school I'm currently at. The headmistress is very positive about it - there was a gap in the timetable so it was added as a lesson which has meant I've been able to do something different each week. She also wants the children to have a big parade around the estate where the school is to promote health and safety! The kids really love it as well because it's something different for them than their usual lessons."
On the course we learned about safety at work and how we could educate children around the world on health and safety issues affecting them. The idea was to provide educational materials and interactive workshops that would make learning about health and safety issues both fun and informative. Madeleine tells us how she has been doing this.
"I designed a workbook for the lessons, and different posters for them to write on and colour in and we put them up on the walls and they really love them! We did a hazard spotting exercise around the school as well which they were pretty excited about! The children have designed fire safety posters, drawn hazards, made rules to help keep each other safe. I managed to teach a Healthy Living module in their science lessons as well which I have been able to link with health and safety"
Projects Abroad have linked up with the British Safety Council who are offering free health and safety courses to volunteers travelling to the developing world. This is a great opportunity to improve your knowledge of health and safety, as well as the chance to follow in Madeleine's footsteps by teaching the course overseas.