We had another grand adventure yesterday. Not only did we learn the true meaning of the rainy season in Ghana, some of us also visited our internship sites. We first saw St. Mary’s Catholic School. The children, in their charming blue uniforms, sang a welcome song and stared at us with great curiosity. Next, we stopped by a Planned Parenthood clinic, where it was apparent that the need for women’s healthcare services is great. Finally, we visited Sankofa School, which is in a rural village near Cape Coast. As soon as our van pulled up, the children were smiling and cheering with delight and curiosity. The school is on the top of a hill, surrounded by miles of lush forests and rolling hills. David, who founded the school, described his passion for education and stated his belief that reading and writing were critical skills for each child to succeed and follow his or her unique vision. For a few hours, we toured the school and played with the children. Their bubbling energy, constant joy, and endless curiosity were truly heartwarming. Many if the youngest children had difficulty pronouncing my name, and so “Courtney” was interpreted as “Krispy,” “Quisty” and everything in between. I was impressed when they addressed me as “madam” before asking me a question, and their curiosity about myself and America was boundless. During their break, the younger children found it highly entertaining to be photographed, hold our hands, and even climb on us in a sneaky attempt for more hugs. I also had a chance to talk to a few of the older students who I will be working with during the next several weeks. They are in the process of preparing for their final exams, which will determine if they will be able to enroll in college (the equivalent of American high school). Many of them described their dreams of becoming a nurse, drum and dance instructor, or even a teacher at the Sankofa School itself. I was truly inspired by the students’ willingness to apply their knowledge and build a successful future. It was delightful to meet the children today, and I am looking forward to returning to Sankofa on Monday.
Students at the Sankofa School, who were delightfully curious about my iPhone camera.