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Pupils link up with school in Ghana

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 March 2011

Top left to right, Brandon Clarke, Ewan Jarred, Daniel Hubbard, bottom left to right, Issy Kenworthy, Chelsea Gladding and Amy Morris with letters from their penpals in Ghana. They are part of a group of pupils who have regular contact with penpals in Ghana, it links into the school's specialism in Humanities

Top left to right, Brandon Clarke, Ewan Jarred, Daniel Hubbard, bottom left to right, Issy Kenworthy, Chelsea Gladding and Amy Morris with letters from their penpals in Ghana. They are part of a group of pupils who have regular contact with penpals in Ghana, it links into the school's specialism in Humanities

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Pupils from a north Norfolk school are making international links with pen pals in Ghana.

The pen pal project at Stalham High School is aiming to help improve pupil’s literacy, geography and history skills.

So far, the year seven pupils at the school have written letters to children at Odumase School in Kumasi, and have received replies.

They are now in the process of sending another round of letters.

Teacher Esther Jillett, who helped set up the project, said: “The children have been amazed with the replies back from the students in Ghana and how good their English is. It is also helping teach the children about other cultures.”

She said they had also noticed lots of similarities such as a love of Harry Potter, hip-hop music and films.

She added that the hope now was to exchange pictures and also videos at some point. The school is also hoping to involve the Ghana pupils in their literacy festival in July, writing joint stories with the Stalham pupils.

Amy Morris, 12, who is taking part in the project, said: “It feels like I have another friend in a different country. I was also surprised by how good they were at English.”

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