<![CDATA[A 16-year-old student of Accra Academy, Gerald Mensah, has spent a surreal day job shadowing the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker. He was invited after his bold proposal to reduce plastic waste during a recent outreach visit to Accra Academy by the British High Commissioner to Ghana. Gerald was accompanied by his mentor and teacher, Jemima Adipah, arrived at the British High Commission at 8:00am prompt to start his working day. [caption id="attachment_86543" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Gerald Mensah joined the High Commissioner for morning tea to agree on the objectives for the key meetings of the day.[/caption] After a preview and preparatory meeting with the event organiser, Kwame Anane Crane, he joined the High Commissioner for morning tea to agree on the objectives for the key meetings of the day. The ‘two high commissioners’ hosted a series of engagements, covering issues of water, sanitation and plastics with a UK investor. They also had high level discussions with John May, the visiting CEO of the Duke of Edinburgh Head of State Awards. Iain then coached Gerald on the role of diplomacy in the 21st century and plans to grow UK-Ghana relations through trade, business and capacity development. [caption id="attachment_86544" align="aligncenter" width="605"] ‘The two high commissioners’ hosted a series of engagements, covering issues of water, sanitation and plastics with a UK investor[/caption] Speaking at the end of the experience, Gerald expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to learn from the High Commissioner and to be given the confidence to operate at a much higher level, among top class diplomats, business people and professionals. On his part, the British High Commissioner admitted that the experience working with Gerald for the day has strengthened his resolve to reach out to other schools, meet young people and engage them to understand, contribute or lead the drive towards a Ghana beyond Aid.