Adventure is winding down

This is the second to last day before we leave.  Because we are taking the red-eye we have a full day tomorrow. I’m definitely ready to go home, but it is a bit melancholy for this adventure to end.

Beth and I visited Ayorkor Korsah at the Ashesi University.

Ashesi University

She is a graduate of CMU and teaches robotics at the University. Ashesi students are required to do community service and they have been teaching ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to the neighboring community Brekuso school children. It seemed like a promising location for installing computers next time.  Of course it was a new adventure getting there an hour plus from Accra.  The road is dirt and in terrible shape so we took the University shuttle in the morning with the teachers and staff from Accra. I can’t imagine commuting up that road every day.  We met with a few students to learn about the training.  They teach in the local schools two days a week and then bring the children to the University computer lab one day.  Other groups do reading and math support. Last year only five of thirty Junior High students passed their exams to get into Senior High and this year they all passed! Those are amazing results. We then visited a senior high school that just opened that the university might support

‘New’ Senior High School

and the junior high school that they’ve had such success with.  Daniel will need to visit to see if either location is a possibility for computer deployment. Ayorkor kindly drove us closer to Accra so we could catch a taxi back to the hotel.

Nancy, Ayorkor, and Beth

This afternoon we continued training Daniel’s IT guys, Eric and Kwaku.  They are bright young men and will do a great job deploying the computers. Unfortunately this was Lyz’s last evening in Ghana and we took her to the airport.  Tomorrow she’ll be back home.  She had one last adventure before leaving, the port of Tema and releasing the computers.  We have spent the entire trip trying to get the computers off the dock so we could deploy them.  It turns out our shipping agent is less than reputable and we’ve asked everyone we know and everyone we meet to apply pressure on him. Today Daniel, Dave, Lyz, and Kwaku went to the dock to finish the paperwork and make the final payments.Just in time before we leave, but it is bittersweet. Lyz and Kwaku came back when the container had been released, but Daniel and Dave are still there well into the evening wrapping up the last details and delivering the boxes to storage.  We’ll install here in Accra tomorrow and then Daniel’s well trained team will complete the other installations. Not the result we had hoped for but Plan B as we are calling it resulted in many great contacts and a better understanding of the process.  We thought this endeavor would be very technical, but visiting the laptop installations has shown us it is more training and education. Lyz and I have developed materials for training. This time tomorrow I’ll be at the airport and my adventure will be winding down.  There are deployments planned for next year, so who knows?

2 comments

  1. Nancy says:

    I asked Ayorkor if people buy these odd things from their car on the street. She said she usually buys food and drink, but she admitted to buying door hooks and a bathroom scale once!

  2. Joan Bondira says:

    Isn’t it kind of like the impulse-buying items that they put in the checkout line in stores? Did you really go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to buy a mosquito-repellant bracelet? And yet you walk out with one.

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