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Your Comments Make Ghana Students Happy!

Do you know what an impact your comments on the Ghana student articles have made?

Yesterday was a big day. It was the first opportunity for the Ghanaian students in our Saturday Cross-Culture class to see their articles online and to read your comments!

Internet access in Ghana’s Volta Region is scarce, expensive, and slow, thus students rarely get online. For days, now, I’ve run into students in town and exclaimed: “I published your article five days ago! Have you had a chance to see it yet?” “No!” the student would always lament. “Will you help us to see it during class this Saturday?”

There is no internet in any Sogakope schools, and the two rickety internet cafes in town are too expensive for the average local. What a feeling it must be to know that an article you’ve written has been published online for an audience of over two hundred worldwide readers a day– yet not have any way to actually see it!

Have I mentioned the astounding power of Ghanaian patience?

This Saturday, the Cross-Culture students arrived to class promptly at nine in the morning, if not earlier. We hooked up the large secondhand donated laptop to a USB modem, allowed the web pages of student articles to load for the ten minutes Ghana internet insists upon (what a diva Ghana internet is!), then crowded breathlessly around to read each of the articles and comments aloud!

Ninety minutes of uninterrupted reading and focus later, we finished, and the kids were positively glowing. During our subsequent discussion period, student after student gasped: “The people who left comments are really supporting us!” “They are proud of us and want us to continue to do well, even though most of them have never met us!”

It was astounding and miraculous to all of us that comments came in from nearly every continent on Earth. Truly: WOW. I even explained how one teacher in Tennessee has used these articles as a whole-class reading text, and set up a “Wiki” to collect hundreds of reactions from her students on what they read. We scheduled another time to read the Wiki comments in depth.

Readers, thank you again for reading and for interacting with this Ghana Student Life Stories Project. There are still dozens of articles more on their way, so if you want to do your daily good deed, keep checking back, and leave a note or two to make a Ghanaian student proud!

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Mairead G

Monday 16th of November 2015

This article is so interesting. It really shows how lucky we are to be able to have internet access at our schools because some places don't have any at all.

Brenna E.

Monday 16th of November 2015

This is such a great story because it made me realize that some people in the world don't even have a chance to use the Internet, while some people don't stop using it.

Uzochi N.

Monday 30th of January 2012

That's sweet that our comments make them happy! I'm going to keep commenting as much as I can now.

Caitlin

Thursday 23rd of December 2010

I'm so glad our comments make the students happy! It brings a smile to my face that our comments mean so much to them. I'm also so happy that I get to read their articles. Commenting on these articles is the least thing I can do after they shared such an amazing and inspirational article with me. I am so honored each and everyday that I get the opportunity to read them. Also, I'm so glad that they got the chance to see the comments!

Keiana Cox

Tuesday 14th of December 2010

I'm glad our comments make Ghana students happy,but it's the least we can do since they share their beautiful stories with us, personally they really teach me a thing or two. For example, to be thankful for having internet access at least everyday without paying for it. Great job you guys keep it up and thanks again!

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