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KATE SANGER
British

Teaching Underprivileged Children in Accra, Ghana

         

The family is great and I enjoyed staying with them, but the best thing was the school itself, the head teacher and her family, most of the teachers in the school were so nice, I got on really well with the head teacher especially, they were so welcoming and generally fun to be with.

The children in the school were great fun too (as well as hard work). I've learnt to be a lot more patient! And although it sounds pretty cliché I've come to value what I have more than I did before. It was also an amazing insight into another very different culture.

It was a wicked experience and I'm really glad I choose to do it!

Can you describe a typical day?

Got to school for 8:30, as assembly is starting, which I just watched. Lessons don't start till nine so the children just chant shapes or number until then. Usually maths first with KG2 which was my class, either I or Eunice would introduce the topic and give out the books then just marking and supervising till break time at 10.00 – 10.30.

10.30 – 11.00 ish more chanting, then English or something like forming sentences with certain words, talking about a picture then the children writing.

Lunch at 12, we usually had what the children got, then straight back to work usually more chanting for a while, then about 1 a lesson like science, moral education, health and safety introduced by myself or Eunice, usually involving the children copying a picture and writing 2 sentences whatever the subject. If they finished before close they would chant more.

School closes at 2.00 when we can leave with the majority of the children but many don’t get picked up till about 4.00/5.00 so I often stayed after which was literally babysitting as they had no lessons. Sometimes I would help with the nursery which was helping them write letters or numbers on chalk boards. But if I wanted to do anything different it was always welcome. 

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