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Praise’s Article: Travel to Cape Coast, Ghana as a School Trip

Article #11 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project
Our Educational Trip to Cape Coast

By Kakraba Praise, Age 13

While on the Canopy Walk, I looked down, down, down — two hundred and fifty meters down! — and I felt like I was going to fall through the leaves and smash upon the earth at any minute!

This was on a trip to Cape Coast with eleven other students, thanks to Youth Creating Change and Bright Star Vision USA. Only students with perfect attendance and strong academics were invited along. But I earned a place in the excursion through my hard work!

Praise with a classmate in Ghana.
Praise with a classmate in Ghana.

The day before the trip, I felt so happy, it made me not have a sound sleep. On the morning of departure, we all gathered at 8:30am by the YCC office. Soon the bus came and we embarked upon our journey with a prayer from a colleague.

In two hours, we reached Ghana’s capital city: Accra! We were taught many new places: the National Theater, the Parliament House, and the National Airport… a place I hope I can enter one day to travel outside of Ghana.

Three hours later, we reached Cape Coast. Straight away we went to the Kakum National Park: green, peaceful, and leafy! There, I tasted a drink known as palm wine. It was so nice, and it is made from the palm trees.

The resource man came to guide us. He took us all around, and what excited me most was the Canopy Walk high above the ground. Although I felt afraid, I walked on it until I reached the other side!

After this, we then came down and had a rest. We were then ordered to board on the bus, but I felt I could stay there in Kakum National Park forever! All the same, I went.

We started on to the Prospect Lodge where we would spend the night. We arrived and were given our room keys. We had our bath, watched some movies, and soon we were called down to have our supper.

When I got there, the aroma of the food was what I first smelled. Banku! In no time, I finished the food… and you know what? I asked for more! “Ha, ha, ha!” laughed our teacher. We finished and happily entered our rooms, watched a little more movie, then went to bed.

The next day we all woke up, had our bath, held a little devotion, had our breakfast, and off we went to the Cape Coast Castle! There we were taught many histories about the country of Ghana and about the slave trade.

We were told that the slave trade was what mostly brought about the killing of our big men of Africa. Our forefathers were even beaten when working, and what most pitied me was how they were treated in their dungeon cave before being shipped across the sea.

Praise with his favorite book.
Praise with his favorite book.

We were told about the governors and those who ruled us as the representatives in Ghana, formerly called the Gold Coast. It was only in 1957 that we Ghanaians regained our independence.

After this, we went to the Elmina Castle, where we were also told about how our ancestors were shipped off and thrown into the sea when sick like pieces of meat.

We then left there, then traveled to the Cape Coast University and had our lunch. It was good to see Ghanaians in a positive learning environment instead of in sad museum displays about slavery!

Soon we started our journey back to Sogakope. That night, the city of Accra was so busy as we passed through it, and I was very eager to stay there once I spied the center of Accra! But on we went.

Some of our friends eventually started to doze off in the car but we then parked briefly near the shoulder of the road and I quickly got down and urinated. We chugged on, and soon we reached Sogakope where we all got down and went home safely and happily to our families.

Thank you, YCC and BSV, for a great educational tour!

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Vicente G

Monday 16th of November 2015

You are so lucky because the scenery looked amazing and it must be fun and scary being so high up on what looks like an old bridge.

Jarrad C

Thursday 26th of February 2015

This article was great because of the reason that the highest grade students got to go to Cape Coast. It was sad to read about how back then there was such abuse and punishment for just doing what they were told. If I went on this trip then I think it would be fun to learn about a new country and its past history.

Colin D

Thursday 26th of February 2015

I really liked this article. I thought it was interesting to learn about the slaves there in Africa. It seemed like a really long trip to get there. The picture of the bridge looks pretty scary but I think I would walk across it. I think Africa sounds fun maybe I will go there one day.

Eddie P

Thursday 26th of February 2015

This is a very good article about Africa and I thought that the canopy walk would be very scary to walk across but I thought it would also be very cool at the same time

Connor F

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

This is a very interesting topic and I hope you write more thrilling things you have done in different places! That bridge looks very scary and I probably would not have been able to work up the courage to cross it. Keep up the good work!

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