In January 2019, Elizabeth Bruce of CentroNía’s Theatrical Journey Project and Bea Zuluaga of CentroNía’s Food and Wellness Program visited Ghana and were embedded in Little Angels Academy in Kumasi, Ghana, as part of an educational collaboration initiated by former CentroNía colleague Yaw Adu-Gyamfi of the Centre of Social Innovation of Kumasi, Ghana. During this visit, Bea and Elizabeth also met and collaborated with Patricia Boahema Assibey, who is the Founder and Director of All Parent’s Pride School in Obuasi, Ghana.
Happily, during Ms. Assibey’s visit to her adult children in Boston, Elizabeth and Bea were able to arrange for our esteemed Ghanaian colleague Ms. Assibey to visit CentroNía.
Ms. Patricia Boahema Assibey, a teacher by profession, studied Education in Wesley College in Kumasi, Ghana. During Ms. Assibey’s visit to CentroNía, from August 15-21, 2019 met numerous staff members and visited both the Columbia Road and CentroNía Maryland Centers. She observed Theatrical Journey Workshops at CentroNía Maryland with Ms. Cecilia Vigil’s PreK class, and saw CentroNía’s programs in action.
CentroNía President & CEO Myrna Peralta hosted an informal luncheon for Ms. Assibey, which was attended by two representatives of the Embassy of Ghana. Ms. Assibey was also the featured speaker at a Cross-Cultural Community Dialogue at CentroNía, facilitated by Elizabeth Bruce and Bea Zuluaga. Numerous staff members participated, including the StudioROCKS Team, and members of the Finance, Admissions, Family Center, and Food & Wellness Programs. The response to this discussion was extremely positive, with members of the StudioROCKS Team expressing keen interest in visiting Ms. Assibey’s School in Ghana.
Additionally, Ms. Assibey participated in CentroNía’s two staff retreat workshops, “Acting for Educators” and What do super scientists do? The Theatrical Journey Project up close,” facilitated by Robert Michael Oliver, Ph.D., of Sanctuary Theatre, and Elizabeth Bruce, Community Arts Producer at CentroNía.
Ms. Assibey expressed tremendous excitement about observing the many dimensions of CentroNía’s educational and operational programs, and has extended a warm welcome to CentroNía colleagues to visit her school in Obuasi, Ghana, as well as the educational and cultural communities of the Asante Region of Ghana. Indeed, she has implemented the Journey Project at All Parents’ Pride School and returned to Ghana with additional journey kits for further project replication.