Trip to Ghana: July 1-10, 2017
Alumni and staff are invited to join the annual trip to Northern Ghana as part of the Lagim Tehi Tuma program.
This coming July, through the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Travel Program, Haverford and Bryn Mawr alums and staff members are invited to join Alice Lesnick, Term Professor in Education, and the Bi-Co student fellows on the start of their annual trip to Northern Ghana as part of the Lagim Tehi Tuma program. This opportunity is open to the broader Bi-Co community to travel as thought partners and stakeholders in the ongoing endeavor of community-based, intercultural collaboration that CPGC has fostered as integral to its mission. Students are invited to apply to the fellowship directly.
Lagim Tehi Tuma, which means “Thinking Together” in Dagbani, the language of the Dogomba people, is a Bi-Co Ghana collaborative that supports a suite of summer action research internships in Dalun, a village in Northern Ghana. The collaborative is nested within a set of partnerships in the community–with an early education NGO, a rural information and communications centre, a community radio station–and in the broader region–with the University for Development Studies, the University of Ghana-Legon, and Hopin Academy, an internet training and incubation hub.
The guiding premise of Lagim Tehi Tuma is that we think better–both more imaginatively and more practically–when we think in dialogue and in depth with a range of people, a range of languages, texts, and histories. Under the banner that each is a teacher and each is a learner, we think better when academic and community-based knowledge mingles and when their interplay uncovers gaps, myths, and confusion as well as new possibility.
In the context of the history of and between the U.S. and Ghana, central questions of colonial and postcolonial identities, cultural production, and power inform what education means and what it can be. This trip will be a window and a mirror on these questions as travelers join in dialogue with one another and with people along the way.