Twenty-six school principals from Ghana, West Africa, will visit Connecticut Sept. 1-8. Their visit was arranged by Bonsu Osei, professor of mathematics and computer science at Eastern Connecticut State University.
“The visit will afford both sides the opportunity to interact on issues bothering on educational leadership, ethics and service to their respective schools,” said Osei. “It will also encourage a broader discussion on global issues of education, and offer students’ opportunities to study abroad. Organizers hope that students from Ghana will be encouraged to undertake their undergraduate education in Connecticut.”
“The African-American Affairs Commission considers this to be momentous opportunity to showcase some of Connecticut’s model educational programs with high school principals from Ghana,” said Glenn A. Cassis, executive director of Connecticut’s African-American Affairs Commission. “Ghana is a nation that many African-Americans can trace their ancestral roots to, so it is fitting to share knowledge and expertise to improve educational outcomes for both countries. It is an honor for the Commission to serve as a host.”
On Sept. 2, Labor Day, the educators will be provided an orientation at the Ramada Hotel in East Hartford.
On Sept. 3, they begin a series of discussions on public policy and practices in Connecticut, and will participate in lectures, seminars and workshops on information technology for educational management. They will also meet and have dinner with selected Connecticut school principals.
On Sept. 4, the principals will visit schools in Bloomfield and East Hartford; tour the Connecticut Science Center; visit state government officials at the State House and Legislative Office Building; and meet with members of Connecticut’s Commission on African American Affairs.
On Sept. 5, the principals meet with Connecticut Department of Education officials to discuss financial and behavioral management; supervision, evaluation and professional development; assessment and testing and school safety issues. They will have dinner at the Mohegan Sun.
On Sept. 6, the principals visit Eastern Connecticut State University to meet with President Elsa Núñez; representatives from the University of Connecticut, Yale and Fairfield Universities will also greet them. The educators will then tour the Town of Willimantic, and have dinner at the home of Yaw Nsiah, professor of biology at Eastern and a native of Ghana.
On Sept. 7, the principals visit Blueback Square and West Farms Mall in West Hartford. On Sept. 8, after evaluating the accomplishments of their week-long visit, they head back to Ghana. The full itinerary for the visit by the school principals from Ghana is attached.
For more information, contact Bonsu Osei at (860) 465-4640 or email@example.com or Glen Cassis at (860) 240-0258 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cga.ct.gov/aaac
Eastern Connecticut State University is the state’s public liberal arts university and serves approximately 5,400 students each year on its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. It is the policy of Eastern Connecticut State University to ensure equal access to its events. If you are an individual with a disability and will need accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of University Relations at (860) 465-5735.