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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri July 26th 2009

7/25/09 Alright, I know it’s been a long time since I posted on the blog, but I’ve been busy shaking hands with the President so you’ll have to excuse me. I guess I’ll start with my experience with the President since it is definitely the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in the past few weeks, although seeing Harry Potter in a REAL theater was a close second, but I’ll get to that later. As many of you know, President Obama made his first visit to Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa after going to Russia and the G8 summit in Italy. His visit to Ghana was less than 24 hours and he made no public address. A couple years ago when President Bush came to Ghana he had dinner at the U.S. Ambassador’s house and 10 ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri July 6th 2009

7/6/09 Last week was fairly uneventful for the most part. We were on midterm break until Thursday so the school campus was empty. With no classes it gave me plenty of time to mark my midterm exams. Even though there were only 4 questions on the exam, it still took me hours and hours to do all the marking and record the students’ grades. Technically, the midterm break ended on Tuesday, but Wednesday was July 1, which is Republic Day in Ghana so there was no school. Classes were supposed to start again on Thursday, but as I predicted, that didn’t happen. Only a handful of day students came to school on Thursday, and most of the time they were here they did general cleaning around the school. Since there were only 8 students in the ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri June 29th 2009

6/29/09 I’d have to say that this was a pretty amazing week. There are two things in particular that made this week so great. The first thing was a successful STARS Conference with minimal problems. The second thing was the outstanding performances of the USA Men’s National team that took them to the final of FIFA’s Confederations Cup. I guess I’ll start with the STARS Conference. After all the preparations it was exciting to actually get the conference underway. There were a total of 60 students that participated in the leadership conference from 30 schools from 9 different regions in Ghana. All the PCVs arrived at KNUST on Sunday with their students. The participants were broken into 6 groups of 10 and each group also had a junior group leader and 2 group leaders. The junior ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri June 20th 2009

6/5/09 It was just another busy week at school. On Tuesday the girls’ soccer team had an inter-school tournament in Obuasi. The day before the competition, the sports master asked me if I was going to go to the games. I told him that I had to teach, but that if class was cancelled so the students could attend, then I would go. Class wasn’t cancelled on Tuesday, but the sports master informed me that he gave my name to the headmaster that I would be going with the team. I wanted to go to the games anyway, and I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, so I skipped class and went to the competition. The headmaster and the sports master don’t exactly get along and they got into a heated argument about money right before ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti June 12th 2009

Woo Hoo! It has been a several months since my last posting. The main reason being, I had no news, nothing to say. As I mentioned before, I’m not teaching this term due to our US trip. Time has basically been spent doing what we could and “waiting”. Everyday ended with the thought, “maybe tomorrow” the exception being Fridays. We have been waiting for Kwabena’s visa situation to sort itself out. Today was the end of the “sorting”. Against all odds Kwabena was granted a visa to travel with us to the US. It has been a very long and grueling process. Finally we are at the end and there are so many wonderful, meaningful tidbits. There are special events and timing’s that just add “greatness” to the visa being granted at all and the trip ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri May 30th 2009

5/29/09 Busy… That pretty much sums up my last two weeks. So far, it hasn’t been as difficult to keep all my classes on the same page as I thought it would be. Since all four of my classes are all form 1 core math, I have the same amount of lesson planning as I’ve had the last two terms. The only difference is that now I have to teach the same material four times instead of just twice. Compared to most of the other teachers my schedule is extremely full, but I’m curious how it would compare to the schedule of a typical high school teacher in America. There are technically 10 periods per day, each being 40 minutes, but most of the classes are double periods. Out of the 50 periods in a week, ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi May 19th 2009

Some things we learned over the last week at work, and during our weekend trip to Kumasi: 1. Ants are ok on sterile fields. 2. Operating in 100 degree heat and no air conditioning makes you sweat. 3. If an ill patient does not want to sit up to have his lungs examined, he is lazy... and it is ok to tell him so. 4. Working up chest pain in the ED proves quite the challenge without an EKG, chest x-ray, cardiac enzymes, or a basic metabolic panel. 5. You can have your kidney transplanted in Accra, but think twice if you want your pap smear results back within the next 3 months. 6. You absolutely CAN catch a cold in 100 degree heat- and it is NOT the Swine Flu! 7. There is a single ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri May 18th 2009

5/17/09 It has been a while since the last time I wrote and there have been a few events I need to tell you about. First off, we finally had our staff meeting to open the term. The meeting wasn’t very successful for a couple reasons though. For one thing, there were only 10 teachers in attendance out of the 25 or so that we have. The other reason is that the meeting had to be cut short because of an emergency at a house that some of the teachers live. A boy that used to be a student at ABSEC and who is the son of one of the teachers lit his father’s house on fire. There is a long background story that goes along with the boy and I’ll get to that in a ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri May 6th 2009

5/5/09 Hey everybody. Last week the form 3 students started taking the WASSCE. The exams are scheduled so the students take one subject per day. Each student writes exams for a total of 8 or 9 subjects I think. All students write exams for the core subjects: English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, and Social Studies. Then the students chose and additional 4 or 5 elective subjects to write exams for according to what stream they are in. My school for example has 3 different streams: General Arts, Business, and Agriculture. Because there is only one subject per day and so many different elective subjects; the WASSCE will not be completed until the end of May. Once the form 3 students have finished writing all their exams they will be done with SHS. One of the problems with ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri April 27th 2009

4/26/09 Hey everybody. I know some of you have been busy with family birthdays, but I’ve been taking it easy and don’t have too much to write about. This past week, the school served as a testing site for the BECE (Basic Education Certificate Examination). The BECE is the standardized test that form 3 JHS students take to determine which school they will be placed at for SHS. The BECE for JHS is like the WASSCE for SHS in that it is created and marked by WAEC (West African Examinations Council). I hope you understood all those acronyms. Anyway, many of the teachers from my school were chosen to be invigilators for the BECE. As a Peace Corps volunteer, I am not allowed to be an invigilator for any WAEC exams. Although, I did take the ... read more




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