Work work work work work….
The last two weeks were very busy, because my project finally entered into the implementation phase. In line with the ASPNet (UNESCO Association Schools Project Network) it was planned to visit 6 schools in the Volta region and introduce the programme as well as the educational material on plastic that I was working on the past three month. The ASPnet is a school network that connects schools all over the world. ASPnet aims to promote quality education in pursuit of peace and sustainable development. By working on small projects the schools contribute to UNESCO´s goals: human rights, a sustainable development and global peace. Thereby the children are encouraged to become a global citizen. Moreover the networks connects schools and creates the opportunity to work together, i.e. a school from Denmark can cooperate with a school from Ghana.
We started our trip to Ho (city in the Volta region) on late Monday evening and arrived after five hours to the hotel. The next morning we started the school outreach. We were welcomed in the school church and my boss started to present the network and the material to the teachers and some of the children. Meanwhile I was told to act with a class and tell them some things about plastic in a more interactive way. Luckily, I prepared a song that we teached the children.
Refuse Reduce Recycle, try n live without rubber.
Moreover we spoke about plastic, recycling and how the children can engage in being a sustainable citizen. The children were not really able to understand English, but the teacher translated everything in Ewe. It was fun to work with the children and we were rewarded by their interest. One Girl, Yvonne, proved that education works. Right after our lesson she turned her sachet water into a purse.
The next day we visited 4 other schools and did everything all over again. It was very interesting to observe the differences between the schools. They differed in classroom size and provided facilities. Some schools already had projects going on. They used sachet water to plant plants and created bags out of old fabrics. It was nice to see that the teachers already cared about the environment and were open for new solutions.
I was really proud to hand out the educational material to the teachers and think that it was a great opportunity for me to engage in the school network. Moreover I learned something about teaching and the school system in Ghana.