Year One and Two’s presentation was of a cross-curricular nature but mainly based on History. It was themed: The Road to Ghana’s Independence. Learner’s made use of knowledge and skills acquired in ICT, Geography, English and Art in completing their project and during the presentation. There were presentations on some major Key Vocabulary, poetry recitals on the ‘Big Six’, patriotic songs and a play on the five major events that preceded Ghana’s Independence. In addition to the project presentation, learners were required to present charts on the following sub-topics;
- Effects of colonialism on Ghana.
- Meaning of Independence
- The ‘Big Six’ and Ghana before Independence.
- The Independence of Ghana.
- How I want Ghana to be in future.
Overall, the Years One and Two project presentation was very educative, colourful and well attended by parents, teachers, pupils and some members of management from the school.
Road to Ghana’s Independence
- The Years One and Two pupils looked at the five major events that preceded Ghana’s Independence.
- In 1947, Kwame Nkrumah returned to the British colony accepting J. B Danquah’s invitation to become the UGCC’s General Secretary.
- On February 28 1948, riots break out in Accra when the Police fires an anti-colonial demonstration. 29 people are killed and hundreds are wounded.
- In 1949, dissatisfied with the efforts of UGCC, Kwame Nkrumah leaves and founds the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
- In 1952, Nkrumah becomes the first African Prime Minister and government leader, but still shares the power with the British Governor Sir Charles Arden-Clarke.
- Ghana gained its Independence on 6th March 1957
Merton International School marked “Ghana day” on the 8th of November, 2019 with a colourful display of costumes, dance, skits and poetry. Working in six groups, pupils and students focused on tourist attractions, history, culture, myths and legends. Some parents joined in the fun by dressing up in costumes from their home Regions and taking a few steps on the dance floor.
In her closing remarks, the C.E.O, Mrs. Elizabeth Baitie underscored the need for the children to connect with culture and show respect and understanding for people of other cultures. An exhibition of Ghanaian foods and fruits were also on display.