Our employees Roz and Chioma are on their way home from a whirlwind six days in Ghana with Right to Play.   During their visit, they met with Right to Play workers, community leaders, teachers, parents and students, and witnessed the power of play-based learning in action.

They also squeezed in some incredible stops along the way: to walk the Canopy Walkway at Kakum National Park, learn about Ghana’s history at Elmina Castle, bargain at the Makola Market, and dance to traditional Ghanaian live music. Roz and Chioma have shared so many photos and stories from their trip — here are a just few of the highlights, in their own words.

Accra

The Right to play staff in Ghana are absolutely amazing and so hospitable. Today we had our orientation with the staff, then headed to the girls’ vocational school, correctional center and center for abused children in Accra (all are in the same location — it houses over 100 girls). Here we are participating in a Right to Play activity with the girls at the facility:

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The vocational school teaches hairdressing, sewing and catering. Girls choose one of these fields to specialize in for a three-year period.  We saw the classroom where they learn to sew, everything from napkins all the way up to dresses. Here are a few of the items made by first-year students:

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Asuom

We drove to Asuom, a community in Ga South Municipality in the Greater Accra Region. We visited a primary school where nine teachers have recently received training from Right to Play:

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Here we are joining in one of their usual play activities to showcase how coaches engage children at the basic and early childhood stage in play activities in school settings:

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The children in “Class 1” (grade 1) were learning to spell 4- and 5-letter words. We saw how play-based methodology is integrated into regular teaching and learning to enhance attention and active participation during lessons. We were both inside and outside, and it was SO much fun:

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We were hosted with such warmth and kindness. At the school, we gathered and words of appreciation were spoken to us. It was extremely moving, and difficult to hold back tears.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip! Utterly amazing. Each day got better and better. This experience is such an honor, and the gratitude and kindness of everyone is extremely humbling.

We’re thrilled that Chioma and Roz were able to go on this trip with Right to Play, and return with so many stories and memories. Their field visit may be complete, but our partnership with Right to Play is still going strong! Keep an eye out (here and on our Twitter feed, @PointsLoyalty) for more news on our upcoming Points for Good activities and achievements.

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