Bridport Primary’s link with Garrison Basic School, Kumasi, Ghana

Our partnership with Garrison Basic is very important to all of us at Bridport Primary. In February 2008 Mrs Dobson, who teaches in Year 6, went on a trip to Ghana with other teachers from Dorset and Somerset. Whist she was there, she met the Headteacher, staff and children at Garrison Basic. It is a school of around 600 children set on a campus of other schools supporting an army and police garrison. Kumasi is a town in the central region of Ghana with a huge market – an estimated 10 000 traders – a bit bigger than Bridport’s market!

As a result of the visit, a partnership was formed with a shared focus of Human Rights, and Sustainable Development. Since then there have been many letters exchanged between children in both schools, and at Bridport Primary we were delighted to welcome two teachers from Garrison Basic, Lydia Adangabey and George Siameh, to our school in October. Whilst they were with us they observed teaching and learning across the school, visited our Pre-school Group and the Sir John Colfox School and a small rural school at Powerstock. Wherever they went, Lydia and George were bowled over by the welcome they received and the resources available. When they returned to Ghana, they were determined to improve Pupil participation in the form of, for example, School Council. They were also determined to put a stop to the common practice of beating children in schools in Ghana, as a result of their new familiarity with children’s Rights and Responsibilities.

Next year, two members of staff from BPS will travel to Ghana to strengthen the bond between our two schools. The cost of the visit is being supported by a grant from the Department for International Development, and fund-raising in school such as our very successful ‘Winter Warmer’ party.



Drawing of a teacher and children

St Andrew's Road


Headteacher: Mrs. Helen Farmer
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710