from the group- the kids
Nothing fun today just some words that came into my heart. I have bonded with the group quite well and I feel I have made some lasting friendships along the way. Adjusting for me has not been so hard, but I have had some adjusting to do. I have not had a roommate in over twenty years and it was not a college room mate either. There were some bumps in the road with my room mate and I have worked through it. I have learned a few things about her and she has learn a few about me, but through it all we have learned a few things about our selves. What I have learn is that we work well together, although I have got a separate room.
Two very strong women working together on an issue that I think we both cared about, which is the driving conditions here in Ghana. You see a employee here at the University, her daughter is running for Miss Teen Ghana, and her daughter wrote a proposal to a cell phone company. Well the employee want people to look over the work and help fix it. Isabel and I worked on this together, and I really enjoyed working with her because she had really strong ideas to bring to the table. She is a very intelligent young lady and she is very sweet I just couldn't stand up to having a room mate. Out of the people on this trip I will cherish her the most because she is very sincere in every thing that she does and that is such a great quality to have. Thank you Isabel for that talk we had to have that was eating at both of our souls.
To Brian the very loud, yet funny guy who you can't help but to love him because he is so true to himself and says 'don't judge me,.... he is judging him self and that is enough for him he will learn in time.' If any of these people were missing I don't think this group would be the same. I even heard an employee say we were the best group ever to come to the University of Ghana( yaay us). Morgan the girl who would not say two words now is talking and laughing all over the place.
Although there are days I just need to pull away from the group, there are days I need the group as well. I would like to thank the whole groups parents' for having such wonderful children. Every one is very cordial and have a spirit to them that I love and we blend well. I have learned a lot from each of the and will take a piece of them with me.
Going to the service learning that I am totally not getting credit from is rewarding in its self, which is at the basic school. I work with children ages 4 &5 years old and this is certainly a learning experience. Today I did less teaching of 73 students, although we play a game or two it was still teaching. The game that we play was 'ring-a-the-rosy,' the kids had fun playing it and they caught on quick =) but all of a sudden they changed the game on me. Ashes, ashes we all fall down? no it changed to ashes, ashes we didn't fall down, nor would they fall down ( group of four girl). They proceed to make their own little circle on the fall down part and continue to stand (2012 twist to ring around the rosy African style). All I could do was laugh because the propose of the service learning is to teach them something and learn from them ( this I did). I don't even want to tell you how messed up the game of duck duck goose went ( I will have to really work wit them on this one). I got really frustrated with duck duck goose that I am glad that it started raining so this could end.
The school system here is so different than the U.S. but yet it works in away that there is so much more discipline, and respect for authority figures. Their are children being left behind unlike Bush's no child left behind, but some how when corporal punishment left the schools children became more rude and disrespectful. Yet children in the U.S. are being push right out of the school system and not able to pass the standardize test that are given, such as that achievement test, OGT and etc. Although they have a lack of respect for authority ( this wont get them very far in life).
These kids really are pushed more than American kids when it comes to education (kindergartners). I wish I had the money that Oprah has, just so these kids can have better books, nicer desk, play-doh, and some plastic markers or beads. Today they were working on math and they were using old bottle tops as counters. This really worried me because of the risk of cutting their hands and the germs that these rusty tops have. I would probably paint the walls of the school a happy color. Just some of the little things that our children in the U.S. don't even appreciate like these children would. Don't get me wrong Ghanaian children are some happy children, they like any other child I know love to laugh and play. I like that they look forward to Auntie Kathy from America to come to the school. So what I don't get credit from my University I get smiles and laughter and that is worth more than any course I have ever taken. I will make sure to take a picture of them just so you can see for your selves the little faces that make me not only smile but chuckle.
Yes there is always one kid in the bunch that is considered the problem child and I hold him dear to my heart. I find myself spending more time with him because I know that he knows the work he just has a very short attention span ( we call it ADHD). Getting children at this age is not easy to handle but it is such a reward when they have learned from you. This reward is better than any bachelors degree.
I have a Storytelling class in the A.M. so I had better close my blue eye and get some rest morning comes early around here, and besides these frogs are not going to let me rest. We are in the rainy season here so when it rains all kinds of things come to life around here like termites and frogs. There seems to be a village of frogs under my window that are very, very, very loud; I think it is mating season for them. Whatever season it is I feel that it will be eat, frog leg season if they don't shut up. it is seven your time but eleven my time with that said good night America!!!!!!!