Patricia and I were supposed to have a meeting this morning about the posting of new teachers to schools. (Teachers don't choose where they teach here and can be moved, without any consultation, to a village school miles away!) The other colleagues were nowhere to be found so we re-planned the day.
Patricia is working on a project to restore 15 school libraries and train teachers to promote and organise them with the help of someone in each village community. Although these schools have relatively few books, they were given some in January by another NGO and the plan is that they will be used effectively. There is no reliable postal or email system here, which means if you want to get information to someone, you need to go to them. So we took the motos on a tour of 4 very rural schools.
Michael performed wonderfully on all terrains, including red dirt, sand, tarmac and a rather narrow bridge. I was very proud of him...... and me, as we covered about 100km in the day. As always our arrival brought children out from everywhere to stare at us. I'd love to know what they are thinking. Anyway, pupils & teachers were interviewed about their libraries and I got to talk to a couple of headteachers. It was interesting how, the welcome we received and the interest of the staff closely matched the level of engagement & cheerfulness of the children we met. Within moments I knew with which schools I want to work and where any support will be welcomed.
At this school the pupils were waiting for lunch. They benefit from Ghana's "School Feeding Programme" funded by a range of providers. The cooks were working so hard in the cook house and produced a similar meal of rice and beans every day for hundreds of school age children.
It has been a lovely day. The icing on this cake was our encounter with this gorgeous goat. She was hanging around our front door and followed us into the area where we keep the bikes. I am sure she is looking for somewhere quiet to give birth to her kids. She must be carrying at least 2. I offered her a few precious leaves of our cabbage but she didn't seem keen. We have left the gate open so we will see what she does.