School dedication in the north

I’m in far northern Ghana in a town called Bolgatanga. (You can find it on a detailed map by looking north to Tamale, then continuing north past Savelugu, past WaleWale which is north east of Mole National Park, and then continuing north to Bolgatanga where we are staying. From Bolgatanga, one drives an hour further north/northwest on very rutted, packed dirt roads.

Driving to Sakote

Driving to Sakote

The group I’m traveling with is an American church delegation representing people who raised the money to fund the school’s construction dedicated yesterday. It’s all happened (their desire, finding the right partners, raising the money, negotiating permits with the local authorities, and construction) in the last 2 years — a very fast turn around time.

Performers inside the school courtyard

Check out their site, HelpGhanaNow .

The delegation’s primary reason for being on this particular trip is collaboration. They are fostering their relationship with the Ghanains for whom they are funding infrastructure, and they are videotaping the places and stories of the people, the needs, and the accomplishments (all in order to foster collaborative relationships with the rapidly expanding donor base supporting efforts through Help Ghana Now.)

The great advantage to this for you as a reader is that Susan Logsdon, one of the photographers, has offered these amazing photos below (see her facebook page for more).

Chiefs formally greeting each other as part of the ceremony

More performers from the ceremony who lead dancing and singing and drumming at night

Dignitaries and elders had chairs. Others found places to sit or stood.

Clearing chairs after the ceremonies finished.

Susan and I sought shade in the little Methodist Church building as we waited for the driver to be located. This is the church and the children who became curious about us.

Methodist Church of Sakote

Children curious about the outsiders

Two children of Sakote

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2 responses to “School dedication in the north

    • Yes, that link is the same high school. By the time we saw it, all of the lumber was gathered, the building painted, and the court yard ready for a September occupancy date.

      Ashesi starts on Sept 3.

      Invite your Santa Clara students to notice their organizations in comparison and contrast to organizations of students here in Ghana. I hope that as students everywhere reflect together, we are “collaboratively” creating new awareness on many parts.

      Best.

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