Greetings from our teacher exchange in Ghana!
We arrived on Sunday after long day of travelling. Our two weeks teacher exchange almost ended before it had even started because in the gigantic airport of Heathrow 1,5 hours was almost not enough to make to your next flight. Little running and kind flight attendants and made it happen so our host Mr. Kobina Bedu-Addo was able to pick us up only an hour late in dark and rainy Accra.
After sleeping away the fatigue of the long travel we started our work this morning by meeting Kobina. We got briefing of student radio operations and got some good guidelines to start our teaching project.
GIJ Radio has been active since this March. Second year degree program students are operating the radio station as a part of their compulsory studies. The exciting thing here is the number of students that are going to work with the radio in this semester. The total number is somewhere between 400 to 500 students altogether!
We got to see the lecturing premises at GIJ as well the student radio facilities. The On-Air radio studio is located right in the middle of the campus, which is an excellent location. Now the radio is visible part of everyday campus life and it center of whole GIJ community.
There is also two production rooms right next to the studio, which seems to be good solution for operating. The premises are relatively small, especially when the number of students using these premises may be up to 80 at the same time. Not all of them will be there at the same time, but nevertheless, students need to deal with limited resources.
Technically speaking the studio and the production rooms seemed to meet standards for student radio broadcasting.
We also met GIJ’s rector W.S. Dzisah who welcomed us warmly to Ghana and GIJ. We discussed shortly about the plans to enhance the radio learning environment..
Tomorrow morning we’ll start lecturing and work-shopping with smaller groups that are responsible for Student radio for the two weeks we’ll spend here.
The amount students and the size of groups is quite different than us Finns are used to. This week is going to be both pedagogical and technical challenge.
Though our problem solving skills were already measured today when we had to figure out how to fit a incorrect sized sim-card into our mobile phones. With pocket knife and little bit of macgyver skills we now have Ghanaian mobiles!
Makes one wonder of all the things we’re going to see and learn during these weeks…
Aura Neuvonen & Sami Huohvainainen
lecturers from Metropolia UAS