Trips to the Bosomtwe Community School

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Visa Request Letter

TO: Ghana Embassy Bern, Belpstrasse 11 Postfach 5277, 3001 Bern Switzerland

Re: Visit of ZIS students to Bosomtwe Community School – Ghana

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you in order to apply for a visa for my child, CHILDS NAME (  GRADE LEVEL  grade student at Zurich International School). We give our permission for him/her to travel with Ibrahim Oubda as part of a group of ZIS students. The group will spend the week doing service work at the Bosomtwe Community School near Kumasi and then do some tourism around the coast. (Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Castle)

The Zurich International School (locations in Waedenswil, Kilchberg, Baden and Adliswil) has had a long relationship with the Bosomtwe Community School (BCS) in Behenase- Ghana.  Seven years ago, two of the Lower School PE teachers, Maud de Moor and Ibrahim Oubda- Ghanaian/German and former Black Star player, took over the responsibility of leading the BCS project as the former owner, Joshua Mensha, was financially not able to run the school.  Since that time the Zurich International School has been involved in a fundraising and educational sharing program with BCS. So far we have been able to buy and clear extra land, fence the whole school ground, provide a water pump and taqnk, provide a school bus, support paying the salaries of all teachers and employees and support students with new learning materials.

Our current group of students (listed below) will be travelling to Ghana from June 1st – June 8th 2012.  They will be helping us to continue our work at upgrading the BCS campus.  They will be visiting the Behenase village and work with BCS students in a variety of learning and sports activities.

I hope this information give you a satisfactory explanation about the activities we will be doing during our stay in Ghana.

If you have more questions about this project, please feel free to contact me by email acastelli@zis.ch or phone: 044-710-7234

Kind Regards,
Adrian Castelli, ZIS Social Studies Teacher

Our hosts are:

Joshua Mensha/Ibrahim Oubda , Bosomtwe community school,
Post office box AK 59,Kumasi.Ashanti
Behenase-Kokobriko steet number 1, Ghana,  West Africa.

00233 244 650 364  Joshua Mensha

00233 201 780 956  Ibrahim Oubda

 

Attached you will find:

1. Application forms (including 2 extra pictures)

2. Permission to travel letter (this letter)

5. Valid passport

6. Copy of Swiss residency permits

7. Stamped self addressed envelope (to my home address)

8. Cash payment of 80CHF for the visa (Empfangsschein)

Tropical Doctors

Greetings Parents,

We are looking forward to this year’s CWW GHANA experience and are excited to be working with your children. I have already received numerous questions. In the coming months, the ZIS US Nurse will organize an information meeting for all CWW parents to address many of your questions-  we will also be available for questions on that evening. We would like to require that at least one parent be present. Your child does not need to attend as the purpose of the meeting is to introduce ourselves and the project to you and to take your questions and concerns. At this moment your main areas of concern have been immunizations and the travel visa.

Your child is required to have a yellow fever shot. There are numerous other recommendations and a summary is included in the attachment ( please have a look also at the attached documents on the blog- the Wolfensbergers are no longer practicing) . I recommend you first arrange a meeting with a tropic doctor ( the only ones who are able to give the yellow fever) and then base all other decisions based upon this conversation. The one most of our students have used is Dr Akert in Waedenswil (044 –783 9699). I include some other suggestions below. We look forward to meeting you at the information evening!

 

Kind regards,

Adrian Castelli and the rest of CWW GHANA Team

 

Travel Clinic

Dr. med. Danielle Gyurech

PD Dr. med Julian Schilling

Forchstrasse 92 (near Hegibachplatz)

8008 Zürich

phone 044 380 36 36

www.travelclinic.ch

Schweizerisches Tropeninstitut

Hirschgraben 84 (near Central)

Zuerich

044 634 5151

no appointment necessary Mo 16.30-19h, Mi11.30-15h, Do 16.30-19h, Fr 9-11h

http://www.safetravel.ch

Their link to the yellow fever centers is this:

http://www.safetravel.ch/safetravel/servlet/ch.ofac.wv.wv105j.pages.Wv105RechercheSimpleCtrl?action=recherche

And finally, here is a link, you can just add that, with all registered TropenÄrzte in the Kanton ZH:

http://www.doktor.ch/tropenaerzte/tropenaerzte_k_zh.html

History of the BCS Partnership

In June 2004, Ibrahim Oubda and Maud Moor, both PE teachers at the ZIS Lower School, visited Ghana (home country of Ibrahim). During their stay in Kumasi, they met a carpenter, Joshua Mensha, who started a school in the Bosomtwe region.

After a long conversation, it became clear that Joshua needed help to keep the school running. He had started the school with very few resources and was struggling to keep it going. Joshua had founded the school to help the children in and around the village of Behenase in the Bosomtwe region, there being no school in the area for them to attend. Both Ibrahim and Maud were touched by Joshua’s energy and idealism and decided to find a way to help him and his pupils.

During their stay in June-July 2004, they visited the school regularly and shared ideas with teachers, parents, and pupils. A small first donation was made towards buying books, pencils, and other writing materials.

After their return to Switzerland, they started thinking and planning. Private friends and companies were contacted for support. Maud and Ibi were happy with the positive replies from many people. They also shared their ideas with the principal (Rob Risch at that time) who thought it would be a great project for our Lower School pupils to support. The idea of creating awareness of other children and the realities of their lives in an underprivileged country was born, the aim being to create an understanding of what it means to live without sufficient food, or not to be able to go to school.

Their aim was to create a learning environment for both schools (ZIS and BCS) in which learning could be shared between the pupils and teachers living in totally different countries. Ibrahim, Maud, and Rob introduced the idea of a sister school and began to create awareness at ZIS of the Bosomtwe Community School in Ghana.

The sister school project was then enthusiastically adopted and actively supported by staff, pupils, and parents.

Since those early days of the project, regular activities have taken place with the objective to raising money to support the pupils in Ghana and their school. All school campuses of ZIS and private donors have supported the Bosomtwe Community School, allowing Ibrahim and Maud to make constant improvements to the school and it’s immediate environment.

In 2010 ZIS extended the sister school project with yearly trips of 9th grade students in February and 10-12th grade students during the Classroom Without Walls trip in June. ZIS Students have been touched by the lives of the Ghanaian children and continue to work on individual projects to help BCS.