Ghana Trustee Visits Barstow Kansas City Classrooms
Shane Foster, President of The Barstow Schools, welcomed Anis Haffar to the Barstow Kansas City campus in early November. Mr. Haffar is a leading educationalist, teacher and chairman of the Barstow School of Ghana Board of Trustees.
During his visit to Barstow, Mr. Haffar spent time in classrooms with students from the early childhood program through the middle and upper school divisions. He observed teacher-led lessons during which the school's youngest students, ages 3-5, acquire early reading, writing, science and mathematical skills. Teachers build their curriculum around concepts that interest their young learners so lessons are engaging and memorable. This is the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
As students progress to intermediate and upper levels at Barstow, teachers help them acquire new capabilities using critical thinking, research and analysis, problem solving, collaboration and creativity — crucial components of Barstow's renowned college preparatory curriculum. Mr. Haffar visited a microbiology and disease class during which grade 9 students collected bacteria samples, observed their growth and analyzed their findings.
During his visit, Mr. Haffar also met with the global coordinators for Barstow's international network of schools. These faculty members assist teachers in designing courses and lessons that challenge students and prepare them to excel at every level of their education. Their goal is to partner with teachers at Barstow School of Ghana to adapt the Barstow educational philosophy so that it is culturally relevant and appropriate for students in Accra.