Volunteers sharing learning across cultures:
Chair James, a devotee of cross-cultural learning and storytelling, exemplifies the power of cultural exchange. His recent visit to Regent Hill International School was nothing short of a narrative festival, intertwining the rich tapestry of Ghanaian folklore with the vibrant tapestry of international education.
The crux of his visit centred around the retelling of a traditional Ghanaian folktale—a testament to the time-honoured wisdom passed down through generations. His animated narration captivated the young audience as he breathed life into ancestral wisdom, demonstrating the universal truths nestled within these tales. It was a scene of rapt attention, where every student hung onto his words, a bridge forming between the past and the present, between Ghana and the world.
But the cultural exchange didn’t end with the folktale. The students of Regent Hill International School are preparing to become cultural ambassadors themselves. In May 2024, they plan to bring their own medley of music to London, showcasing their unique blend of traditional rhythms fused with contemporary beats. This upcoming event promises to be a symphony of cultures, a celebration of diversity, and a harmonious dialogue through the universal language of music.
Chair James’s story-reading tackle isn’t just about entertainment; it’s a catalyst for a broader discussion on the importance of cultural literacy. It’s about understanding that our differences can be the very thing that unites us. His presence at the school served as a reminder that learning is not confined within the walls of a classroom; it is a lifelong journey that transcends borders, and it is enriched immeasurably through the sharing of cultures.
The Regent Hill International School community and Chair James are both agents of this cross-cultural exchange, weaving a global narrative that celebrates diversity, encourages understanding, and fosters global citizenship. In the end, they teach us that when we share our stories and our music, we share pieces of ourselves—and in this sharing, we find common ground, build empathy, and create a more connected world.