Jul 12, 2011
In working with the students at the Ayeduasse school, it occurred to me that their work with our software would be much easier and much less frustrating if they were using mice instead of the track pads. I mentioned this to Ron and he thought it was a good idea and today, finally we were able to fit the time in to make the trip to the market and purchase them. The shop we went to was very reasonable in price – Enoch had suggested that between 7 and 10 cedis should be the price and the store charged us 8 cedis. Being at the low end of the range we accepted the price and a few minutes later we departed with 10 brand new mice, still in their boxes for the school. In addition we also picked up 2 usb keyboards because two of the machines at the school have stuck keys. It seemed that this was the easy low tech way of fixing them – rather than ordering replacement keyboards from the US and then having to figure out how to make the installation.
The market is quite a place. So many people and so many small shops – it’s like a huge flea market in the US except that this is really the only place people have to go to do their shopping. No big box stores (thankfully) just small shops. It’s something to consider how many people are currently making some sort of a living off of selling whatever merchandise that would easily be handled by one super center. At a stroke, many thousands would be destitute if a big box store came to town.
After picking up the computer mice and keyboards, we went to the Ghana cultural center. and took a tour of the museum there. We learned about the Asante kings and the artifacts that he museum has on hand. I was also able to pick up a book on Adinkra that very nicely explains all of the different symbols. I am certain this will come in handy as we work to create an Adinkra site that includes the cultural aspect of the symbols as well as a CSDT that students will be able to use to make Adinkra symbols that will simultaneously teach the math concepts in the shapes.
Back at the Guest house, both Gyasi and Enoch had a meeting with us about how they thought things went over the past week and a half. I was already pretty confident that they felt as good about the time we spent with their students as we did, and it was nice to have those feelings confirmed. Gyasi and Enoch care deeply about what they are doing and frequently encounter obstacles in their work that would not happen to us in the US. For example Enoch needs to take 4 cars to get from his home to the school – I’m not sure if that would quite be cars as in taxi’s or as in buses which they call tro-tro’s. The tro-tro’s are independently owned vans that we routinely see packed full of people on the streets here in Ghana. Either way, it is an expensive and possibly unreliable means to get back and forth to work each day sometimes resulting in Enoch spending nights at the school for lack of a car. We encouraged them to eat dinner with us and it proved to be yet another wonderful experience as we got to know them better outside of the classroom. We wished each other well, and with that our work here ended. Tomorrow we head for home.