Feb 192010
 
Pamela's Article: A New School

Article #7 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project My First Day at Covenant Preparatory School By Agbi Pamela, Age 14

“That school is full of witches and wizards!” was what people said about Covenant Preparatory School. “Don’t go!”

But I decided to enroll anyway. My mother had explained well how switching to Covenant would enhance my education.

In Ghana there are two main types of schools: public, government-run schools [...Read More!]

Feb 182010
 
Emmanuella's Article: Earthquake Panic

Article #6 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Waiting for the Earthquake to Strike By Boateng Emmanuella, Age 14

Around two o’clock in the morning, neighbors ran from door to door yelling for people to come outside.

“An earthquake is going to happen!” they screamed.

In my lifetime, Ghana has never experienced an earthquake, and so everyone panicked. People poured outside with their children and their belongings so that the buildings [...Read More!]

Feb 172010
 
A School You'd Likely Never See

As the half-broken taxi thumped into another rocky crater on the endless dirt road, I gasped to Collins, “You seriously bicycle forty-five minutes down this to work each morning?”

My friend chuckled and nodded.

After weeks of planning, I was finally going to see the remote school where my Ghanaian YCC colleague had been posted since September!

At four-thirty am, we hopped the first tro tro the two hours from Sogakope to Accra, then [...Read More!]

Feb 162010
 
Elikem's Article: Kumasi Zoo

Article #5 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project A Trip to Kumasi Zoo By Dedi Elikem (aka: “Endless” Elikem), Age 12

I was scared when I saw the tiger opening its mouth. It looked like an old yelling monkey and it was one and a half meters long. All my friends were afraid.

Some people outside of Africa think that here in Ghana, we walk with wild animals every [...Read More!]

Feb 152010
 
Shine's Article: Accra Airport

Article #4 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project My First Day Visiting Accra Airport By Shine Doe, Age 13

That day was the first day I had ever seen a traffic light. I watched, amazed, as it showed direction to the many cars by its changing colors.

I was about ten years old, on an educational excursion to Accra Airport with my classmates and teachers. There are [...Read More!]

Feb 142010
 
Ceremonies and a Half-Year of Around the World!

Happy day of love, chocolate, and the fiery ire of single lovelies like me!

Let us now take a brief pause from the lovely Ghana Student Life Story Project (HUGE thanks to all the readers who are leaving encouraging comments for the students!) to talk about the concept of… ceremony.

When was the last time you took part in a ceremonial moment of reflection and ritual celebration? If you are in a [...Read More!]

Feb 132010
 
Patience’s Article: Cape Coast

Article #3 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project The YCC and BSV Educational Tour to Cape Coast! By Patience Amekudzi, Age 13 “Only students with perfect attendance can compete for a spot in the YCC trip to Cape Coast,” the Director told us.

I was thankful that I had attended school each day, so I was able to advance to the next round in the Cape Coast trip competition: writing [...Read More!]

Feb 122010
 
Derrick's Article: The Sea at Accra

Article #2 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project My First Day by the Sea at Accra By Sarpong Derrick, Age 11 I remember how the sea at Accra flows. I remember thinking, “I’m afraid!” because of how the sea flowed forward and back. I saw a little child get into the water, and I become frightened. They say that the sea can kill.

It was my first day in [...Read More!]

Feb 102010
 
An Intro to the Ghana Life Stories Project!

At last, after a month of exciting classes and passionate writing, it is time to start sharing our Ghana student life story projects with you!

For teachers who are interested in this unit plan themselves, or for those who are just curious about how these upcoming student articles were created, here is the…

Unit Plan for Student Life Story Writing Project:

Note: Each of these steps takes a different amount of time depending [...Read More!]