Visiting a primary school and a university

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Jul 17, 2011

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today we visited the Seventh Day Adventist Labone primary and Junior Secondary School in Accra.  We were greeted by the head of the school and introduced to several higher level administrators.  Heather and I, along with Corey another science person on the trip, headed to Mr. Wilson's Form 1 integrated science class. Form 1 would be equivalent to 7th grade in the U.S. system.  Students in Ghana attend 3 years of Junior Secondary School and then take a test for a certificate of "school leaving"  If they want to continue to Senior Secondary School (High School in the US) they must pass an additional test.  The students were first reviewing what they had learned about light and then started a new section on ecosystems.  The room was pretty well set up compared to schools we visited in South Africa.  There were only 30 students in the class as well which we thought was low, even compared to the U.S.  The students were adorable and were always asking questions and their teacher was excellent.  He was Ghanaian but had gone to school in New Zealand and taught all around Asia before coming back to Accra.  The school also had a very nice computer lab and music lab with keyboard as well as  a cute little library.  At break time the kids ran around playing football and skipping rope just like kids everywhere do!  After break we visited a math class where I was able to review my use of vectors.   Lunch was at a chop bar where for about $3.50 we got enough rice and chick to feed a family of 4 yum.  A quick break and then back in the van to visit the University of Ghana, Legon which is located on the outskirts of the city.  It has a huge gorgeous campus.  It was conceived by Kwame Nkrumah to be reminiscent of great U.S. campuses like Stanford and U.C. Berkeley and it achieved it.  Really nice architecture and nice view of the city below.  We stopped in the bookstore on campus and I found a book called Useful Plants of Ghana.  I was super excited.  Nerd.  Back home to eat dinner at our other evening meal site, sunshine salads.  It was pretty tasty.  Then back home to finish writing my paper and nighty night!
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