Today was the last day of school. The kids are now on vacation, but only for about three weeks, and then school will resume August 21st. Titagya’s vacations are generally a week shorter than the other public primary school vacations, in order to make sure that the students don’t forget all that they have learned! The new school year starts when they come back, which means some of the older students won’t be returning (instead moving on to primary school), some of the younger kids will be moving up to the older classrooms, and there will be new students as well.
Since today was the last day and all, there weren’t any lessons taught. Instead, the kids got to hang out in their classrooms, eating and playing with one another. They brought fantastic meals, too! Usually the students come to school with a simple lunch of rice or beans or some combination of the two, but today they came with larger-than-usual, extra special local main dishes, biscuits (cookies), juices, sodas, and candy. It’s also tradition for students to bring a little something for the teachers on the last day of school, so each student brought a bar of soap or some matches for the teachers, as small tokens of thanks and appreciation!
As for me, I still can’t believe school is over, and that I won’t be seeing all of my students every day anymore. I’m going to miss them so much! I should be leaving Dalun around Monday or so to head back to Accra, where I will be spending some time with Helen Farley ’14 who is also on a CPGC internship in Ghana’s capital. We will hopefully be exploring Accra and taking some trips to other places around the coast, and then soon enough I will be heading back home to the US! It’s been such an incredible journey already.
When I have more time (and a better internet connection), I’ll upload some pictures of Dalun and the school, so you can see exactly where I’ve been living and what I’ve been doing for the past two months!