The Lagim Tehi Tuma / Thinking Together
This past year, with 5 US students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges joined with 5 students from the University for Development Studies in Northern Ghana to make the 2018 Fellowship Team. In addition to the academic, experiential, and reflective internship/study program — rooted in an inquiry about the role of education (formal and informal) in creating, concealing, and challenging systems of power — the program starts with a week of home study and continues with an intensive week of learning which includes a short historical and cultural introduction on UDS campus in Tamale; before traveling north to the village of Dalun, where in addition to a suite of internships, language learning, and regular dialogues, we host a University-Community Educational Stakeholders Forum with the University for Development Studies.
Thinking about What?
Education and what it says, does, is, and isn’t — in formal and informal contexts — in a small, postcolonial, transnational collaborative
To foster dialogue that shifts received frameworks for understanding ourselves and each other, our pasts, presents, and futures
Who Thinks Together?
- Dalun community members
- (who, how selected, how prepared, how supported and challenged)
- Community Mentors, Teachers, Local Program Coordinator
- University partners
- LILAC, CPGC, President’s and Provost’s Offices
- Stakeholders and Friends
Through Education-Focused Internships
- Titagya Schools — an early education NGO
- Simili Radio — a community radio station
- Dalun Technology Training Centre (ICT)
- Hopin Academy
- Black is Beautiful Workshop (check out Black is Beautiful page in the menu section for more information!)
April: weekend CPGC retreat; begin forming team and academic framework
Weeks 1 : home study, with intensive writing and Skype exchange (mix of shared texts: Pierre’s The Predicament of Blackness and Hartman’s Lose Your Mother, selected films, and independently selected texts)
Week 2: Academic orientation and residence at University of Development Studies in Tamale Ghana for continued study, team building, planning
Weeks 3-10: Residence in Dalun for action research internships, Dagbani lessons and learning languages of music and dance; reflection and academic discussion sessions; joint projects and field trips; culminating writing/visual; assessments. Then last week, time is spent debriefing on program’s course.
Back on Campus (Fall Semester): Fellows Course selection to deepen and integrate summer learning . Participation in reflection and outreach work to other interested parties.