IT was feared they would not be allowed to visit because of issues with their visas.
But in the end, Ghanaian students made it to Crofton School in Stubbington – and last night they bid their farewell after spending five days enjoying time with the pupils and soaking up a different culture.
A party was held for everyone involved in bringing the group of 10 pupils and their teacher over from Pershie School in Ghana.
They sang, danced and played the drums for crowds and a spread of food was laid on.
It followed a trip made by Crofton students to the Ghana school last year, where they helped set up a library and promote computer skills.
Crofton School head teacher, Ciaran O’Dowda, said it had been a privilege to welcome the students.
‘Culturally, it has been a massive shock to them,’ he said.
‘All of the 10 students had never been out of their country or been on an aeroplane.
‘However, they have been wonderful students, and they have learned aspects of education they can take back to their country.’
The pupils immersed themselves in the school’s curriculum, sitting in on IT, maths, PE and technology lessons.
The Crofton students helped to raise more than £10,000 to bring them over.
It was touch and go whether it would happen because of visa problems – but thanks to Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, the situation was resolved and they were able to make it over on Sunday for the trip.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘There was a massive mix-up over the visas but my office was able to resolve it.
‘Life-long friendships have been made and unforgettable experiences have been had.’
Nana Aba Wilson, teacher at Pershie School, said: ‘It brings us so much joy that everyone has wanted to help us.’