A good day at school
Accra Travel Blog› entry 6 of 19 › view all entries
October 17th, 2007
Today was an extremely successful day at school! Rachel and I have decided to work as a teacher and teacher assistant until she leaves (I think I said that in an earlier blog). Well today we did it. We had primary 1 first (grade 1) and it was library time for the first portion and phonetics for the second portion. We're really finding that the children don't retain information or if they do they especially cannot apply it! They can write fairly well but reading is a difficulty. I worked with a sweet boy named Samuel. He's very shy and quiet but brilliant! He seems to fall behind because he is made fun of by the class often. He sits in the back and rarely answers a question and if he does you can't hardly hear him! We worked on his alphabet and sounds and got much farther than I had expected.
Next we had primary 2 and 3 (grade 2 and 3). They are taught in the same class which is extremely unuseful. They are at two completely different levels so you don't get much accomplished in 45 minutes. So yesterday and today I taught primary 3 while rachel taught primary 2. We did dictation and they had to write what they heard. Rachel did colors and I did sentences about myself which worked out well because it held the children's attention. We have tried a reward system the last two days where we use the toys I brought with me as a reward while waiting for the others to finish. They absolutely love it and it makes them focus a little more on their work.
We met with the boys after school to find some fu fu, some ghanaian dish that's odd. I'm tending to fancy noodles with some sort of sauce here much like spaghetti. We went all over looking for this restaurant and got directed some hole in the wall with only black lights on. They only had Ghanaian dishes so we sought out the place we were originally looking for. We met a man named Kwame who walked us 10 minutes to a junction and ended up joining us for dinner. The strange thing is that here when you ask for help, people don't tell you where things are, they often times take you there.
I did buy some water today in a bag that happened to be unfiltered and it tasted quite nasty which is how we knew. Plus the bag didn't say filtered. Never again.
Rachel almost fell in the open sewer today haha. If you saw the sewers you'd understand how funny it would be because they're quite hard to miss.
The running joke here is that when tros tros drive by the maid as they call it, calls out the destination. But they don't call the names in their normal voices! The best one is for La Paz, the town where we're near. They deepen their voice and make it sound like a scratchy sort of cartoon character haha. We imitate them often. When they call Accra they yell "Accra-cra-cra-cra" and it sounds like a crow. Maybe one day I'll try to capture a video.
I also got my first mosquito bite today. yuck. Oh well. Oh yeah and a man on tro tro next to me said hello and then asked if I was Chinese. Chinese?! Really?! Haha. I told you they don't see many foreigners here. He said I looked half white and half chinese. Then he started talking about marrying me (you get this often I guess but this was my first). I told him I was taken and then suddenly he changed his talk to preaching to me about how life is a long journey. You marry, have children, they grow up, and the cycle continues until God comes to reach you. I couldn't understand much of what he was saying because he had a thick accent. But he said if he could marry me he would and if I wasn't taken he'd ask for my number.
Last week Matilda (a teacher for Primary 1 that sleeps the whole class while Rachel is sleeping), told Rachel that she had a very large bottom. Rachel was appalled and Matilda was like no, you need to wear tight things to show it off. And she keeps making comments especially when she wears loose clothing and is kind of taking it too far. The kids even say blunt things like you have very large hips and what not.
The wonderful things...everybody says hello here! You are almost always greeted with good morning or good afternoon or good evening.