- Our bus driver would quit on the first day of school, before morning pick up.
- Our young and inexperienced teachers would have no idea how to put a simple puzzle together or even what to do with wooden building blocks.
- When parents were asked to send a small snack for break time, children would arrive with large pots, containers, and plastic bags of their traditional foods (noodles, rice, stew, etc.) with no names, and would spend their entire playtime eating.
- Introducing a positive reward system of discipline would be met with skepticism and some resistance, as caning (yes, hitting children with a wooden stick) is the standard method of discipline in Ghanaian schools.
- The night before I was to leave Ghana, we would learn that our Headmistress from the U.S. had decided that her expectations were not consistent with the challenges and realities we were facing, and she had decided to return home.
I can assure you that a solution was found to each of these challenges, and we feel more confident in our goal, purpose, and method for getting there than ever! Stay tuned to see how we met each challenge, and why we are better as a school, a foundation and community because we have learned, made improvements and are moving forward in a stronger more determined and enlightened manner.