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Ghana Delegation to Meet with Faculty at U.Va.'s Curry School of Education Tomorrow

Aug. 2, 2010 — The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will host a nine-member delegation from Winneba, Ghana, Charlottesville's newest sister city, on Tuesday at noon in Ruffner Hall, room 200.

At the luncheon meeting, a dozen Curry School faculty members will be on hand to learn about education in Ghana.

"This is a natural pairing, as Winneba is home to Ghana's National University of Education, so this provides an opportunity to initiate conversation about education in our two communities," said Nancy Deutsch, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations & Policy, who will lead the program.

The faculty members attending the luncheon all work in the areas of either teacher education or early childhood education, two areas of particular interest to the members of the delegation, according to Deutsch.

"We are looking forward to learning more from them, especially about how the university works with their community in Winneba," Deutsch said. "We hope that some connections will be made that will provide for fruitful collaborations between Winneba and the City of Charlottesville and between the Curry School and Ghana's National University of Education in the future."

The visiting delegation has been in Charlottesville since July 22. They will return home on Wednesday.

During their stay, they have visited a number of places, including the U.Va. Medical Center, Monticello, a City Council meeting and a "Taste of Ghana" event at Buford Middle School.

Winneba is Charlottesville's only African sister city. The others are Poggio a Caiano, Italy; Pleven, Bulgaria; and Besancon, France.

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REPORTERS: Parking for the U.Va. Curry School luncheon Aug. 3 is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage.

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