“Kindred Spirits”; Ghanaian Principals Impressed by Goodwin’s Mission
While Goodwin College continues its mission to bring American-style education to Ghana, the West African nation brought some of its top educators directly to East Hartford last week.
On Friday, a delegation including 26 Ghanaian principals toured Connecticut, studying the state’s education system at all different levels. The visit provided a unique opportunity for the College and the educators to learn from one another, a relationship that benefits Goodwin as well as Ghana.
The delegation arrived at Goodwin on Thursday, September 5. Though the visit was brief, both parties acknowledged a connection and shared sense of mission and purpose.
“We are kindred spirits with you in ways that would not be clear if you hadn’t been here,” said Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg, addressing the principals.
Scheinberg explained the reasons to connect with the delegation. East Hartford has one of the largest populations of Ghanaians immigrants in the state and many Goodwin students are of the country’s descent. As a result, Scheinberg said, the College has a natural affinity for the Ghanaian people.
Moreover, Goodwin is embarking on a challenge to open Goodwin College Ghana in the country’s capital city of Accra. On track to open on October 30, Goodwin College Ghana is a newly renovated learning space designed to help Ghanaian students attend online courses in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Goodwin is providing the facilities, equipment, personnel, and guidance to help make the program a success, offering the same quality nonprofit educational experience as American students in the same program.
Goodwin administrators, including Scheinberg, have traveled to Accra as plans have unfolded on the learning center. While the process is daunting, Scheinberg told the delegates that nothing is ever achieved without taking a chance.
He added that at the outset, Goodwin thought it was doing something just for the Ghanaian students, but that eyes have been opened to a greater purpose.
“What we’re finding is that it is terribly important to us,” Scheinberg said.
The principals hailed from all over Ghana, a nation of roughly 24 million people. Whether representing urban or rural schools, the educators were eager to see American education in action.
Goodwin’s purpose seemed to resonate with the principals. Mohammed K. Ackonu, the head of a school in Ghana’s Central Region, said that the delegation came on the trip to “have a feel of American life.” By doing so, the principals could return with ideas on how education can help Ghanaians to overcome poverty and create new opportunities.
“We thank you for this invitation,” Ackonu said. “I want to team up with you and say, let’s come together as one.”