Photo © 2004 - Wa, Ghana

The students at Wa School for the Deaf in Wa, Ghana know well that limited resources need not hinder artistic expression. Using twigs, shards of glass and moist earth collected from termite mounds, they create unique sculptures. The students speak with their hands, signing, their primary means of communication. Wa Deaf is a boarding school, a community of students, teachers, administrators, cooks and house parents where everyone shares in the chores, activities and fun of daily life. Here, five students proudly display their creations.
Bart Jennings, Peace Corps Volunteer (Visual arts teacher), 2003-05, Ghana

GHANA

Ghana/Republic of Ghana
In West Africa; mostly low plains w/desiccated plateau south-central; 238,533 km2 (slightly < OR), 17.5% arable.

Capital Accra (pop est. 0.9M)
Population 24.8M (100/km2)
Life expectancy 61 years
HIV/AIDS 1.8%
Literacy 58%
Lang(s) Asante 15%, Ewe 13%, Fante 10%, Boron 5%, Dagomba 4%, Dangme 4%, Dagarte 4%, Akrem 3%, Ga 3%, Akuapem 3%, other 36% including English (official)
Religions Christian 69% (Pentecostal 24%, Protestant 19%, Catholic 15%, other 11%), Muslim 16%, traditional 9%, none 6%
Ethnic Groups Akan 45%, Mole-Dagbon 15%, Ewe 12%, Ga-Dangme 7%, Guan 4%, Gurma 4%, Grusi 3%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other 9%
Gov’t Constitutional Democracy
GDP/cap $1,600
PCVs 1961 - present, education, environment, health, small business development, health (Volunteers in country: 162; total to date: 4,129)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 6 March (1957)

 

Focus word for 2012 - "Freedom"

Boron (Bono): Fawohodie (Faa-wo-ho-dea)

 

Books

Lessons I'm Never GHANA Forget
by Tobin Cuss
Book Description
A collection of stories and observations written by a young primary school teacher, who decided to fulfill his dream of teaching children in Africa.

 

Kids' Books

Ananse and the lizard: a West African tale
retold and illustrated by Pat Cummings
Publisher: Henry Holt, p2002, c2002
ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-6476-6
Interest Level: K-3
Ages 6-9

 

Music

Kojo Antwi
Music from Ghana

 

Films

Ghana is in Africa, Giovanni Messner (2005)

 

Recipes

Kelewele/Hot plantain crisps
Chichinga/Marinated meat kebobs