The Rebecca Foundation has agreed with Licang District Experimental School in Qingdao, China to have an exchange programme between Ghanaian and Chinese school kids starting next year.
The programme which seeks to deepen cultural, academic and sports ties between pupils of the two countries, will see 10 pupils from the school visiting Ghana, while 10 pupils from Ghana also visit China every year.
Under the programme, the children are expected to benefit in the area of sports as the pupils from China will be trained in Ghana’s favorite sporting disciplines especially football, while Ghanaian pupils visiting China will also be taught various sports including table tennis.
First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo commended the people of China for their sense of discipline saying: “The exchange programme would help impart some of their values to the participating children.”
Minister of State in charge of Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, who accompanied the First Lady to China, said: “Through the power of sports, the children who will be participating in the exchange programme will be able to make friends deepen cultural relations among the two countries.”
The agreement for the programme was signed on behalf of the Rebecca Foundation by Ms Shirley Laryea from the Office of the First Lady while Mr Wang Xiaoguang, Director General, Education, and Sports Bureau of the Licang District signed for the school.
Mrs Akufo-Addo later met with members of the Ghanaian community in Qingdao area. She encouraged them to contribute their knowledge, skills, and resources to the development of Ghana and assured them that President Nana Akufo-Addo and his team are working hard to steer the country towards sustainable development and prosperity.