Mar 122010
 
Fafali's Article: Shock and Opportunity

Article #21 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project How I Was Preparing for My Journey Before a Terrible Loss Occurred By Tamakloe Fafali, Age 15

In September of 2005, I left my parents and my hometown village of Adutor to move to Sogakope, the capital of the South Tongu District, in order to further my education.

I had enrolled in one of the best private schools in the area: Mawuli International [...Read More!]

Mar 122010
 
7 Straight Months of 'Round the World Travel!

The clock strikes midnight in Ghana, and all of a sudden I have officially been traveling around the world for SEVEN months!

Ten minutes ago, I was lying abed here in Sogakope: my eyes darting through the darkness, our rooster neighbor prematurely crowing outside, sweat gumming my limbs, tiny bugs crawling over… and my mind racing about how this journey has evolved.

It was nearly midnight but I couldn’t resist slithering to the [...Read More!]

Mar 112010
 
Easteria's Article 2: Fire and Development

Article #20 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project When I Was Nearly Burned to Death By Edor Easteria, Age 14

I started shouting: “Give me water please, I beg, otherwise I will die!”

I was four years old when I got burnt by fire. This happened on a day when my mother left to the market to sell. My mother did not come back early, and so [...Read More!]

Mar 102010
 
Edinam T.'s Article: My Happiest Moments

Article #19 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project The Happiest Moments in My Life By Edinam Titiati, Age 14

I would like to share with you the happiest moments in my life. Everything started when I became part of Youth Creating Change of Ghana.

One day, a YCC staff member came to my school to tell us about the YCC Pilot Reading Club. If our school joined the [...Read More!]

Mar 092010
 
Sick and Reflecting During Long-Term Travel

Yesterday I had a freakish fever that sucked all the strength from my limbs and reeled my head with a dizzy swirl.

I tried to eat but couldn’t. “HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO ME?!” Millicent the melodramatic cook wailed.

“It’s not personal, honest!” I croaked out while Millicent sniffled back tears.

I tried to help John teach Cross-Culture class, but after five minutes of drooping in a fetal position on a plastic [...Read More!]

Mar 082010
 
Nelson's Article: An Amazing Exchange

Article #18 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project The Life-Changing Youth Exchange Between Ghana and the United Kingdom By Nuworkpor Nelson, Age 15

It all started in February of 2009. That afternoon, a teacher came to my class and called to eight students: “The headmaster wants to see you!” I was surprised because the Headmaster is very busy and does not invite students into his office [...Read More!]

Mar 072010
 
Precious's Article: Kicked Out of School

Article #17 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Dismissed From School For Refusing Punishment By Fedieley Precious, Age 14

When I was eight years of age, my parents decided that I should go to a far-away school in which I would be a boarder. I was so happy that I was going to a new school in the Greater Accra Region!

The day school re-opened, my parents took [...Read More!]

Mar 062010
 
Independence, Development, and a School Toilet

Happy fifty-third Ghanaian Independence Day!!!

Though Ghana was the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to declare its independence from colonial rule, having a “birth date” of 1957 still makes Ghana a relatively young nation.

In contrast, my natal country of America declared its independence in 1776. This may be one reason I’ve been thinking a ton lately about how countries at different stages of “development” compare. But sometimes it’s hard [...Read More!]

Mar 052010
 
Courage M.'s Article: Brush Fires Kill

Article #16 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project How a Brush Fire Killed Olukpedu By Mawuko Courage, Age 15

My name is Mawuko Courage and I have four brothers and six sisters. I live in Kpotame in the North Tongu district in the Volta Region of Ghana. My mother is a trader and my father is a pastor.

I was fourteen years old when my friend [...Read More!]

Mar 042010
 
Melody's Article: Nigerians Aren't Cannibals!

Article #15 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Nigerians Don’t Eat Human Flesh!!! By Okeke Melody, Age 11

My Father came from Nigeria and my Mother came from Ghana, so for the first three years of my life, I lived with my Grandmom and relatives in Nigeria.

In Kindergarten One in Nigeria, the kids always spoke the Nigerian language and never spoke “Good English.” For example, they would [...Read More!]