Two Hawera teachers are on a mission to encourage, equip and inspire their untrained counterparts in Africa.
For 17 days, Ramanui School principal Liz Harrison and teacher Kaareen Hotereni will share knowledge gained from the coalface of New Zealand's education system in the hope of creating a brighter future for the children of Ghana.
And although both are taking a step into the unknown, neither hesitated to jump at the chance to be part of the RATA Teacher Support team.
The New Zealand-based project aims to teach untrained teachers in developing countries so children can break free from the cycle of poverty.
Mrs Harrison said it was also an opportunity for them to bring back inspiring stories of their own.
"I'm tired of being a tourist and only seeing the tourist things," she said.
"I believe we are good teachers and have a lot to offer."
She said their years of experience would get them only so far and they would need to adapt to the Ghana way of life.
"Teaching in a system that is so different to ours will be rewarding."
Ms Hotereni said making the 16,000-kilometre journey to the coastal capital of Accra was just the ticket to reinvigorate her teaching career.
She said as well as sharing in a new culture she hoped to learn from the tight-knit group who would be travelling with the pair.
"Everything will be a first and there is the element of the unknown," Ms Hotereni said.
"I think we will learn just as much as we pass on.
"It's a time to refresh where I am in my own teaching.
"Going into such a diverse part of the world will help spark that motivation back here, in some ways."
The pair, who have funded the trip themselves, leave on September 30 and need some help.
Mrs Harrison said while they would supply the basics, they had no idea what the West African school would need.
She said any support would be well received and all money raised would be used solely for buying supplies for the children they would meet in Africa.
Those who want to help can contact the school directly on 06 278 7412.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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