A short post today, as there is not much new in Soabe the last several weeks. Teaching is going about the same, its sort of day-in and day-out at this point. We have had three full-time teachers for most of the term, and one or two volunteer teachers without a set schedule. We just recently got a new full-time teacher to teach a science class and pre-tech (a mix between shop and technical drawing classes). The weeks leading up to sports week had a lot of missed classes due to practice and pick-up games with nearby schools. I dislike this, but it was not entirely unexpected. So last week I traveled to Kumasi to finish my science video library.
There are a number of science experiments and demonstrations in the science textbook for which most schools do not have the supplies. This does not make any sense, since the text books are written for schools in Ghana by Ghanaian educators. It is simply naive to think that many schools are actually conducting these experiments, such that I think its kind of foolish to include them in the curriculum. Just like authors in the U.S. would not insist that students conduct experiments in space, the authors in Ghana should take into account the resources available to the schools that are using these books. But alas, we have what we have.
While virtually no schools here have chemistry or physics laboratory equipment, computer labs are proliferating quite rapidly. So I thought it would be a good idea to have a video library for volunteers to show experiments to use if their school does not have the supplies and equipment to do the science experiments in real life. I finished this weekend and compiled about 50 videos into a library. I could not find videos for all the experiments in the textbook, so I hope the next phase of the library is for volunteers to make their own videos for niche topics from the book.
Like last year, the ambassador is inviting all the Peace Corps volunteers to Thanksgiving dinner, so I will be heading to the capital for Thanksgiving dinner. For someone having grown up in Indiana, it feels a bit odd being able to swim in the pool on Thanksgiving, but its warm enough here year-round for outdoor pools.
After Thanksgiving, there are just a few more weeks of school until finals and the end of the term. I am planning another small event for World AIDS Day at my school on December 1st, and I may be traveling to some sites around country, but no big plans until the end of the term.