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Hi all, please read below and help support the amazing dreams of a very dear friend of mine. Voting won’t take you more than a couple of minutes, please just follow the link!

My Neighbour's Keeper

My Neighbour’s Keeper is a project that seeks to eradicate stigma concerning HIV/AIDS by joining HIV/AIDS awareness and reproductive health training to CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid training and administering it to secondary school students in villages and cities in Nigeria. We have entered the “Good Pioneers of Health” competition to execute the project and would like your help! How can you help? Please visit the link below, vote and comment!!!!
 
CHANGE BEGINS NOW, IT BEGINS WITH YOU…….
Project page:  http://pioneersofhealth.maker.good.is/projects/myneighbourskeeper and click “Vote for this Idea” .
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Remember, everyone can only vote once, so be sure to also let your friends know and spread the word! For more information please contact the project leader Ms Alice Adebiyi: missalicebiyi@gmail.com
Thank you and God Bless! 
From ‘My Neighbours keeper’ project

And also have a gander at her wonderful blog too: http://lavieofalice.wordpress.com/

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It’s all about mindset. We need to change our mentality. You see, if we took all the Ghanaians in this country and dumped them in Singapore, we’d turn Singapore into Ghana. And if we took all the Singaporeans and dumped them in Ghana, they’d turn it into Singapore.

– Mensa Otabil on the African mindset

Ghana, you have to do better…(Part 1)

This particular post will probably end up being a mini series. Because there are a lot of things my beloved Ghana could be doing better. There are a lot of things a lot of countries could be doing better but for now we’ll talk about Ghana.

So I conducted my first lot of interviews in my first week. Now this was hilarious for a number of reasons. I only got my first full time job just over 2 years ago after graduation and I’d never interviewed anyone is my life. A friend told me that I’d end up either one of two ways; either uber sympathetic and end up hugging each candidate or a straight talking wizard like character. Guess which one I was! *giggles*

Before we even get to the interviews let’s talk about CVs. These problems are not unique to Ghanaians; I’ve seen poor examples in loads of places. Abusuafoɔ (family), please stop writing generic, meaningless and clichéd statements at the top of your CVs. At least if you’re going to make these claims back it up with some facts. Real ones.

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*yawns* Immediately, I’m put off and I don’t take you seriously because you’ve started your CV off with waffle and generic waffle at that!

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Also, TAILOR YOUR CV! I’m not concerned if you want to work in accountancy firm. This is a vacancy for a teaching position for females to empower young girls. Geddit? I mean, I’ve had aspiring engineers applying for a primary teaching role. Yeah, that happened. Process it.

The funniest application I received was this:

Hi Pearl,

I saw your publication in the Daily graphic and wanted to ask a few questions pertaining to the programme. First and foremost, why is the programme meant for females alone and what of we those males who have the requisite qualification to fit into that position?

Pearl, please I am interested in your programme and I know you are the only one who can assist me to be part of your programme. Okay! I am a holder of DBE thus a teacher can be able to comply witth your rules and regulation out there even though the programme is meant for females.

I have a good character not a matter of saying sake as it is said, prove of pudding is in the eating. Therefore, Pearl, I am pleading with you to convince your workers to be able to work with you out there. 

Finally, I am an Ewe and fluent in it. Hoping my application will meet your kindest and earlier consideration Madam Pearl. 

Hope to hearing from you soon. Thank you.

O_o

Yeah, that happened too. Go back and read it again.  Wasn’t sure whether to laugh, cry or be scared. I’m still convinced it was a prank. Whoever is responsible show yourself!

Now interview wise, please, please at all times exude professionalism. I don’t care who’s in the room. Whether it’s just your competitors or the employers themselves, have some decorum. Behaving one way when there’s an obroni in the room and using colloquialisms and vulgarities when they’re not around isn’t acceptable. Ever.

As for the general quality of teachers I have been genuinely disappointed. I had ‘English’ teachers who couldn’t spell.

Cape Coast = Cape Cost, Stella = Stealer, Banana = Banaana *heavy sigh*

Now do I believe this is their fault? No. People who have little or poor education themselves are educating our future generations. It’s a vicious cycle of a failing education system, one that’s been failing for a long  time. And it’s not okay. At all. But hey that’s why I’m here…

Yasmina, Marina Mall…

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This place is the bees knees. Fact.

A bit of background….Yasmina is a swanky Lebanese restaurant just outside Marina Mall, near the car park. Even from the exterior of the building you know they will chop your money but issorai, it was worth it. Plus the place was full of Lebanese people so it must be good right?

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As soon as I entered I was greeted warmly and taken to my table. Let’s ignore the fact that the hostess gave me a pitiful grin when I said table for 1. She even sat me in the middle of the restaurant. It’s okay cheeky woman, I forgive you -_- My actual (lovely) waitress allowed me to move to the peripherals of the room and have a nice window view I ordered and she proceeded to bombard me with food Lebanese style.

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The food was delicious, flavoursome and the portions were massive (a bit too much even). You get a choice of cold bread and hot bread straight out of the oven and they continue to periodically bring you bread. I had to send them away o, I felt like a beast. The mocktails were lovely too as was the starter (beef dumplings but more like a mini meat pie tbh) and the main (spicy grilled kafta). My total bill came to 80 GHc so about £22 which isn’t bad for the quality and amount I got, but it is expensive by Ghanaian standards.

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So next time you’re in the Airport area why not try Yasmina? You won’t regret it…

My first Eid…

So on Tuesday it was a public holiday in Ghana. It was Eid Ul-Adha and the whole country enjoyed a day off from work (except most people who don’t work in banks and other major retailers were still out and about grinding and making extra monies).

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My Eid was spent doing Dora the Explorer. I started off in the gym – and almost passed out because of the heat and no AC 😦 I took a taxi into Osu, walked around, haggled a bit, bought some waist beads, stopped for a bit of ice cream, got ogled by some disgusting pervs then jumped in a taxi to the Marina Mall.

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Marina Mall is in the Airport area and is owned by a Dubai company I’m led to believe. The mall is lovely but I mean they had a Saville Row shop in there. Who exactly is the clientele? This is what baffles me about some of the malls. The middle class African is not a myth, there some are some very wealthy Africans around, but Saville Row…..I mean, let’s not go that far folks  -_-  Nonetheless the mall is gorgeous (the supermarket is the best I’ve been to so far) and a nice place to spend a few hours and relax. I also had lunch here at an exquisite Lebanese restaurant (separate post)

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After that I watched my boys (The Black Stars) play some excellent football and smash Egypt 6-1!! I WAS SO PROUDDDDD!!! Accra literally erupted every time a goal was scored. The atmosphere was electric. Words won’t suffice. I can’t imagine what Kumasi must have been like. And I can’t remember the last time I saw them play that well. So so proud. And Andre Ayew if you ever come across this, I love you boo. That’s all.

When we came to work yesterday I saw a massive cooler on the kitchen counter top…To my delight, I found out the Project Manager (a wonderful Muslim lady called Muni) had brought in some food from yesterday’s Eid feasts. What did she bring? TZ. Tuo Zaafi. One word: epic. We all sat in silence and devoured that meal. Loool. Shameless. Then afterwards? Slumped. It’s safe to say no one was very productive after that meal. Good times *pats stomach* Good times.

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TZ (And TZ is how you write it Noreen -_-)

(A belated) Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim peoples! Hope you had a wonderful day….

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Kisses :-* xxxxxxxxx

Why I’m Here in Ghana…

So why am I even here? I didn’t even tell you guys. Where are my manners? *shakes head*

So I’m here working on innovation distance learning programme for rural children in Ghana funded by DFID in the UK. The focus is specifically on girl’s empowerment and change. It’s called ‘Making Ghanaian Girls Great’ or MGCubed (you love it don’t you 🙂 ). It’s the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa and hopefully it’s the beginning of greater things to come.

So my role for the programme is Education Lead. I’m basically in charge of all the fun and wonderful education stuff. That means I’m responsible for designing the curriculum, hiring and training our teachers and I’ll be managing the team of 6 teachers and 4 technicians who will be delivering Maths and English lessons using VSat technology in 70 schools across 3/4 districts.

We’ll also have an after school module which will supplement the main curriculum called Wonder Women. In this course we’ll deal with gender sensitive topics like HIV/AIDS, early marriage, pregnancy, self-esteem, communication skills etc as well as projects and community based activities. We’ll also be inviting in female role models (prominent and successful Ghanaian women) to come and speak with our young ladies to inspire and motivate them and just tell them more about themselves and their journey!

Super duper excited to be a part of this project. Once the website is up and running, I’ll be sure to share….

The ultimate goal? To transform education in Ghana. Particularly teacher training and pedagogy. My country’s children deserve more. So much more. Lofty ambition? Idealistic even? Yeah but nothing is impossible for my God 🙂

Here’s a sneak peak of our office, the construction of our studios (where are lessons will be delivered) and a couple of pics of where I’m staying!

The office…

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Where I’m staying…#Cantonments #Accra #LifeIsGood

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Our studios…(can’t wait til they’re finished and we pilot some lessons!)

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