IB Day in Ghana

On the 10th of May, the International Baccalaureate hosted its first-ever IB Day in Ghana at the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College in Tema. Natalie Kramer, the Elementary School Deputy Principal & Teaching and Learning Coordinator in the PYP, Amber Rhinehart, the Teaching and Learning Coordinator in the MYP, Vanessa Gómez, the incoming Secondary School Deputy Principal, and David Platt, the incoming DP Coordinator, represented LCS at this all-day event. 

The opening ceremony included student speakers and musicians from SOS, as well as Olli-Pekka Heinonen, the Director General of the IB. Mr. Heinonen spoke about the power of youth in today’s world, pointing out that 40% of Africa's population is under the age of 15, and globally, that same age distribution equates to 15.5% of the world’s population; it is the largest youth population in history. He advocated for holistic learning, where knowledge, skills, competencies, and values can be put into action, aligning this educational philosophy with the IB mission to develop caring individuals to solve global issues. 

The LCS staff members then attended various presentations, learning and sharing alongside their IB peers in Ghana; presentations ranged from Predicting Internal Assessment grades in the DP to teacher retention in IB Schools, to the Enhanced MYP. 

The event was well-attended by several international schools here in Ghana and it was inspiring to have the opportunity to connect with our IB colleagues and learn from each other. When we learn, we grow.

Amber Rhinehart, Teaching and Learning Coordinator in the MYP