Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fairtrade seminar

Grønn Barneby inviterte 3. desember til seminar om Fairtrade som nytt satsningsområde for Grønt Flagg. Over 80 stykker møtte opp, vi som var med til Ghana holdt foredrag om våre erfaringer. 
Her kan dere lese nyhetssak fra Grønn Barneby om Fairtrade seminaret:

Jeg snakket om hvordan det er å jobbe med internasjonalt arbeide i skolen, og om det vi som familie har gjort med å reise frivillig med alle brevene i mellom skolene, arrangere dansegruppe, matlagingsdager, holde presentasjoner og vise bilder - og hvordan det har blitt en del av undervisninga både på Byåsen og i Aksombo i Ghana.

 Synnøve fortalte om hvordan hun opplevde å være på utvekslingstur, bo hose en fremmed familie, hva hun lærte og hva hun likte best på reisen.
Ole Magnus fokuserte på Fairtrade og hva vi observerte når vi var på besøk på Fairtrade plantasjene.
De tre plakettene var bakgrun når hver av oss snakket. Rektor Wenche Kjellby Nesset innledet, og vi hadde også med billed utstillingen og billedbøkene fra skolen som ble satt fram sammen med Fairtrade varer og tips, Filmen som ble gater fra besøket ble også vist på seminaret.

(bildet er tatt når resten av utstillingen var tatt ned) 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Presentation of the Ghana visit to our fellow student and teachers at Byåsen

Synnøve, me and Ole Magnus infron of the Byaasen school banner in our Akosombo school outfits

In our auditorium with 4th and 5th grade

The pictures in the background is from the exhibit of the ten years before we went on this jubilee tour.
The drum with the Byaasen-Akosombo 2013 inscription, the cloth made by
AIS students, the contract and Ghanaian dolls carrying woods
Traditional Kente and Ghana flags on the piano

Teacher Ingunn showing the contract that was signed for future work,
between Byaasen and Akosombo schools
Ole Magnus describing impressions from his stay with the host family.

Synnøves mother taking pictures

We briefly went trough the many topics we learned about. 
Here from the visit to the Fairtrade farm. The issues will be further explored when the school resume.
We tried demonstrating some drumming that we had seen and heard
Teacher Johanne explaining traditional life in Ghana
Kari Sandvik, the first teacher from Byaasen that visited Akosombo

Kari with her former students Sandra Abena and Sunniva who came to here the presentation. 
They all used to be very active in the exchange programme

Monday, June 17, 2013

Greetings from Ole Magnus

It has been an exciting and educational trip to Ghana. I have learned a lot about the people and their culture, the food, and how it is to live there. One of the biggest differences is religion and in Ghana they are much more religious then that we are in Norway. I remember when we arrived and there were students lined up as the military. We enjoyed the dances at the opening ceremony very much and it was different from what we dance in Norway. I want to thank all the teacher and pupil for their hospitality and especially the host family I have stayed at. I think this trip has been an experience for life.

Best regards Ole Magnus

Me learning to play the drum

Greetings from Synnøve

I have been on a very nice trip, that I’ll never forget. I have learned very much about Ghanas culture and the country in general, and it was amazing to experience it in real. I especially remember the very warm welcome we got in Akosombo when we came to the school and also the Elmina castle made great impression. 
Me, with Nana Adom and Mary

It was interesting to learn more about slave trade. I am so glad I got the chance to visit Ghana and the A.I.S schools, and I really want to come back one day.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

School Essay about Ghana by Ole Magnus

Before the journey Ole Magnus wrote this fact related Essay for his English class about Ghana:
Ghana is a Republic in Africa, and it is 238 500 Km2. It lives 24,3 million people in the country, and the population density is 102 each km2. In Norway the population density is 13 each km2. The capital is Accra, and it is located on the south coast. Ghana has 46 different languages but the official one is English. About 60% are Christians, 15% has Islam as their religion and the rest of the populations believe in other religions. The people from the different religion cooperate with each other and maybe that is the reason it is not war in this country.
The national day is the 6th of March and then they sing the national song “Hail the Name of Ghana. The president is John Dramani Mahama. They use Ghanaian cedi and 100 cedi are 294 Norwegian kroner. Ghana borders to Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo. To the south lies the Gulf of Guinea.                                                                                                    
The European came to the Ghana coast at the year 1400 and trading companies from many countries build stations there. In 1482 the Portuguese build Elmina-castle in Cape coast and after that the Dutch, English, Swedish and Danish build more stations. The most important merchandise were gold, slaves and ivory. During the 1800 the British get control trough agreements with chiefs, as they wanted to stop the slavery. But Britain just got control over the southern part of Ghana. In 1890 the state in North was independent, but ten years after the British had control over whole Ghana. The name Ghana came from the Ghana Empire and that was close near today’s Mali.
Ghana is rich in nature resources and has better economy than the neighbor countries in West Africa. The most important exports are gold, cocoa and timber. Most people get their money from agriculture. 40% national products come from agriculture and 60% come from primary industry.
Ghana is divided into 10 regions: Ashaniti, Brong-Ahafo, Cetral region, Eastern region, Greater Accra, Northern region, Upper East region, Upper West region, Volta region and Western region. The five biggest cities after resident are: Accra (2, 3 million), Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and Ashaiman.
The highest mountain is Afadjoto who is 885 meters over sea level. The most normally stone species are slate, sandstone and quartzite. Ghana has a coastline on 550 km. In the south it is hot and moist. In north the weather is affected from desert winds and it is big variations in temperature and rain. In southwest it is a rainforest belt and in south east it is forest mountain areas. In the north it is savannas. Lake
The Volta Lake is one of the biggest human made lakes in the world. It is located behind the Akosombo Dam. The lake is made by the rivers White Volta and Black Volta. The Volta Lake is 520 km long and cover 8 500 km2. The river Volta runs out to Guinea bay and Volta Lake has a rich fish life.

Culture and music
One of the most famous cultural characteristics is the Kent clothes. The clothes are one of the symbols for the Ghanaian leader board and are mainly used by the people group Ashanti. Ghana’s culture is much dancing and singing and they see music as a big part of their life. The music travels from generation to generation so it is not written down. They think it is important that everyone participate in the performance of the music. The songs are often short and the songs repeat themselves often. Rhythm is very important in Ghanaian music and each people group has it owns music. In Ghana they grow up with music and out of the music you can hear where they are coming from.

Highlife is Ghana’s most important modern music form. Highlife goes back to brass band and Company band that played in Ghana at the 1920s. Then they used mainly instruments Africans drums, harmonica, guitar and accordion. Now highlife is more based on guitar-based band that plays concert, often with a big scene show. The highlife music has drawn inspiration from Jazz, Blues and traditional African Music and swing.
Football is one of the most popular sports in Ghana. Michael Essien, Derek Boateng and Anthony Annan are some of the best player from Ghana. Other popular sports are athletics, basket and boxing. Ghana has a national game called Oware. Oware is an abstract strategy game of Akan origin. The game requires an oware board and 48 seeds.
The Ashanti people live in south west of Ghana and it is about 1, 5 millions of them. They talk the dialect Twi. Ashanti is considered some one of the richest families in Africa. The Ashanti is world-famous goldsmiths and they are best known in America for their Kent clothes. 
Ghana has a very rich wildlife with elephants, buffalos, antelopes, ground pork, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, otters and sneak Cats. In Ghana there lives many primates as chimpanzees and vervets. Coastal waters are rich in fish and crustaceans. In the rivers and lakes it lives bikir, lung fish, crocodiles, hippo, crocodile and sea cow. In Ghana it is more than 700 bird species for instance the herons, raptors (including eagles, Red Kite, vultures), birds, turaco, hornbills and kingfishers. Ghana has also many snakes and insects.

The coastal land is covered by mangrove and coconut trees and large parts of southern Ghana are covered by tropical forest. The central and northern parts of Ghana are covered by savanna, with vegetation consisting of scattered trees and tall grass.

The food in Ghana is often very spicy. The most traditional foods are Fufu and Banko. Fufu is made of Yam (vegetables) in North and Kassava and Plantain (a type of bananas) in south. It has been beaten, hammered, rammed in a long time until it becomes a ball. The Fufu have been boiled and served with a sauce or soup. Banko is  made of corn crushed into powder. Then it must be boiled in water until it becomes like a dough and the dough shall be dipped in the sauce. Food is very cheap and many have their daily work of making and selling food to others. In Ghana they have about the same fruit and vegetables that we have in Norway.
National Day national day is the 6th of March. This year they celebrated that it was 53 years ago Ghana was the first free country in Africa. The celebrations are about the schoolchildren and they march like they do in the military. And there is a competition for the school marching most similar to the military. That national day here you get an extra day off.
Written by Ole Magnus Ryen

Saturday, June 15, 2013


On our last day in Ghana we went on a Safari at Shai hill game park n the Akosombo road. 
Here they restore some animals that are endangered locally because of to much hunting.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Learning about Fairtrade and banana farming

Our town Trondheim is a Fairtrade city. And we hope our school will be a Fairtrade school. 
It was therefor good to come to VREL banana and pineapple farm with a new group from Byaasen
Juliet explaining what Fairtrade is

Taking us through the whole process from composting, planting to harvesting and packing.
Mr Blay and headmistress Mrs Nesset

protection against insects
Electronic transportation to help the workers

What we got to take home to eat. Very sweet ;)

A new group of Fairtrade Ambassadors for Trondheim!