One of CentroNía’s greatest assets is the many innovations made possible through collaborations with experts and practitioners from different backgrounds. By engaging with a diverse community of creative thinkers in early childhood education, CentroNía is best able to adapt its programs to meet the needs of those it serves and remain flexible in the face of challenges. In the past CentroNía has presented at international conferences, met with officials from several countries, and exchanged best practices in support of government-led initiatives locally and abroad. As we begin 2019, CentroNía is excited to announce a new collaboration in Ghana!
This month CentroNía’s Community Arts Producer Elizabeth Bruce and Director of Food and Wellness Bea Zuluaga are headed to Kumasi, Ghana for a pilot international exchange. Upon arrival in Ghana, they will meet former Atlas Service Corps Fellow Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, who after serving two years at CentroNía is now the co-founder of the Ghana Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), an organization that seeks to empower young people to become future leaders of Ghana and through educational innovation, teach them to be more critical, effective thinkers. In addition to meeting with CSI, CentroNía will also partner with a local school (Pre-K to 8th grade), the Little Angels Academy (LA Academy) led by Diana Paintin, to share its model for teaching young children. For those in Ghana, this is an opportunity to learn from CentroNía’s more than 30 years of experience, and for CentroNía this is an opportunity to learn from Ghanaian successes in sustainable development and education that fuse traditions and innovation and how these tactics might be adapted to positively impact immigrant communities at home.
“CentroNía is deeply grateful to its colleagues in Ghana for the opportunity to embark upon this first international exchange. We are excited to engage with children in a different cultural context and witness their creativity and problem solving skills from a new perspective,” said Elizabeth Bruce, author of CentroNía’s Theatrical Journey Project. CentroNía Director of Food and Wellness Bea Zuluaga adds, “We are eager to learn from and work with Kumasi experts and early learners to adapt our methodologies to the imaginations of the Ghanaian children and their profound, ancient culture.”
CentroNía will also be sharing resources with CSI and the LA Academy in the hopes that they will be able to employ two of CentroNía’s most-notable frameworks: The Theatrical Journey Playbook, a Pre-K curriculum enhancement for formal and informal educators that introduces early learners (ages 3-5) to science themes through hands-on, multi-sensory guided pretend play called “journeys”, and Roots Curriculum, a collection of lessons and activities that provides educators the necessary tools to cultivate healthy habits at a young age. By sharing these methodologies, techniques, and materials, CentroNía hopes CSI and LA Academy will then be able to further share them with other early childhood centers to improve the education experience for generations of young children in Ghana.
For more information about this initiative, please contact us through our website and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.