ACity Holds Virtual Workshop for Heads of Schools and Counselors
Heads of schools and counselors from various second-cycle institutions across Africa, on Friday, July 24, 2020, came together through a virtual workshop organized by the admissions office of Academic City University College, Ghana on the theme “Supporting the Emotional Well-being of Students and Ensuring Safety in Our Senior High Schools Amid Covid-19 Pandemic: The Role of Heads of Schools and Counselors.”
The 2019/2020 academic year across the world has experienced a major disruption with the wide spread of the novel CoronaVirus, especially for final year students who were preparing for their exit exams.
With governments across the world opening up schools for finalists to complete their education, the welfare and safety of students have become top priority. The virtual workshop gave the opportunity for stakeholders to discuss innovative and effective strategies schools can adopt to ensure the well-being of students who are to return to campus.
The panelists who led the discussions at the virtual workshop included Frank Alison, Principal of Datus International College, Tema and CEO of Alison Educational Consult, Hannah Harding, Principal of Gambia Methodist Academy, Dr. Kristine Marbell-Pierre, a Clinical Psychologist and Head of Guidance and Counselling at Ghana International School (GIS), and Lennard Lartey, Career and College Counselor, Ghana International School (GIS).
Also speaking on the panel were Michaelina Quaye, a teacher and counselor of Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon, Constance Quaye, College Guidance Counselor of Tema International School and Kisha Hugh Abban, an educational consultant for Pathways LLC and School Counselor of International School of Tianjin, China.
Ms. Shannan Akosua Magee, Director of Admissions of Academic City University College, Ghana was elated with the very interactive and educative session. In her remarks, she called for the revamping of education in Africa across all levels to prepare students for the future of work considering how the pandemic is reshaping work.
Ms. Magee also announced some measures Academic City University College put in place to ensure the community’s safety. Among the measures she put forth were;
- Introduction of a financial plan to offer parents some relief taking note of the economic hardships that accompanied the spread of COVID-19.
- Offer some discount on tuition fees across all programs of study.
- The adoption of a blended teaching and learning method, where virtual and classroom learning was going to be used when the school year begins in September 2020.