On May 23 2018, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson welcomed back to Ghana five high school teachers following their visit to the United States under the International Leaders for Education (ILEP) and the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) programs. The Ambassador congratulated them on their visit, and solicited their observations on the highlights from their trip. “As a former educator, prior to becoming a diplomat, I have a lot of respect and admiration for your call to service as teachers,” he said.
The teachers shared their experiences at rural and urban schools in Virginia, Indiana, and Massachusetts, and all agreed that the wide use of technology as a teaching tool is a best practice they wish to see implemented in Ghana in the near future. The Ambassador exhorted them to view their visit to the U.S. as a first step in strengthening their partnership for education with the U.S. Embassy, and noted the importance of their work as “essential to educate the next generation of young leaders who will build a future of prosperity for Ghana and all citizens.”
Watch a video where each teacher offers highlights of their visit here
The ILEP program brings outstanding secondary school teachers of English, math, science social studies, and special education in the previously listed disciplines from the Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere to the United States. To learn more about the program, please see: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/international-leaders-education-program. The TEA program is an excellent opportunity to gain insight on the latest teaching methods from American high school and middle school teachers. To learn more about the program, please see: https://eca.state.gov/video/modern-form-travel-teaching-exchange.