Explore the influences of socio-economic, political, ethnic, and religious factors on classroom practices at a Volta River Authority school in Ghana. Participants will fly into Accra and overnight at the University of Ghana, with a tour of the campus the following day. Then we move on to Aboadze with a visit to Kakum National Park en route. Students will serve two weeks as teaching assistants in classrooms at the Aboadze school. During the intervening weekend, students will be able to socialize with the teachers and pupils, visit local markets, shop, etc.
At the end of our two weeks in the school, we will take a weekend in Cape Coast to visit the Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum, the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where Ghanaians were bargained for and sold, and do further exploration of the Cape Coast/Elmina area.
We will then return to Accra to explore the city’s cultural sites, such as the National Museum of History and Ethnography, the W.E.B. DuBois Center for Pan Africanism, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and the Osu Cultural Center. These cultural explorations in Accra will provide further historical and cultural understanding, deepening the students’ understanding of their experiences in Ghana.
Requirements: Travel to Ghana requires a visa and a yellow fever vaccination. No one may enter Ghana without the visa and proof of yellow fever vaccination. Students are responsible for the visa and vaccination. Information will be provided on the CCSA web site by the end of September 2019.
Attention: This program is limited to twelve (12) students. A waiting list will be offered at no risk with deposit returned to students on the waiting list if not accepted in the program.
The price of this CCSA program includes:
round-trip air transportation from select departure cities to Ghana
round trip ground transportation between airport and lodging in CCSA program location
Accommodations in Aboadze (or nearby) , en suite doubles at The University of Ghana and Coconut Grove Beach Resort
program excursions, course-related activities and entrances
health and emergency evacuation insurance
Exploring Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in Ghana
Course Description: This class provides a unique opportunity for American students to involve themselves as teaching assistants in a P-6 African school. Through daily interaction with both local teachers and students in Aboadze Ghana participants will be able to explore the influences of socioeconomic political ethnic and religious factors on classroom practices and pupils life experiences. Education majors will be partnered with a Ghanaian teacher but non-education majors could serve as an assistant in another area of the school. Also included are cultural explorations to historic sites on the Cape Coast associated with the slave trade and to the capital city of Accra.
Prerequisite: Honors courses on the students home campus. Graduate Credit: A bachelors degree