Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Pursuit of Happiness, Poetry and Electricity

Last Friday,  the power went out and the water was cut.

WOSAG were sat in the office in a state of delirium, sweat and work. We had just delivered a sexual education session at Kanvili Junior High School where we covered menstruation and puberty and answered the questions the students had submitted to the anonymous question box we brought last time we visited the school. It went very well might we add.

The power cut continued over the weekend and there was a dramatic sand/rain/thunder storm; the heavy rain was cold and refreshing, goats flew past windows, the sky lit up with lightning. By the end of the weekend, Team WOSAG were somewhat worse for wear...


Monday, 20th March was International Day of Happiness and we had plans to celebrate the day. 

๐Ÿ˜Š Happiness Day was founded by the United Nations in 2012, after the general assembly adopted the UN Resolution 66/281 which declares that "the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal" and is observed by all 193 member states. ๐Ÿ˜Š

You can read the World Happiness Report here. Can you guess which is the happiest country in the world?

As a team we did an anonymous gift swap where we picked a name out of a hat and you had a budget of 2 Ghanaian Cedis to buy or make a gift (not including food or perishable items) and also write three things you like about that person. The gifts were small yet thoughtful and made us all very happy indeed! Then we all shared a happy memory from our lives; some made us laugh, some brought a few tears to the eye (Ella and Dominique...).

The power came back on for some of us overnight and with the Tamale dawn came World Poetry Day! 

✏ The decision to proclaim 21st March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO's 30th session held in Paris in 1999. The observance of this day is meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals and to support linguistic diversity and offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard. ✏

Poetry is one of the greatest forms of expression; it reveals to us that all humans around the world share similar emotions and experiences, that the innermost, deepest feelings can be communicated. 

To honour the day we held a competition at Kanvili Junior High School in which the children were encouraged to write a poem with the theme of "Change Your World" (which happens to be part of the ICS motto). All of the entries were amazing and we had some profound pieces to choose from.

Our winner was the brilliant Kwara Modesta who we all agreed transcended the page and touched us all.

Followed by our great runner up:

Looks like we have some budding writers and future change makers at Kanvili JHS!

"Medicine, law. business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for" John Keating, Dead Poets Society.

Written by Dominque

*UPDATE 22/03/2017: It has come to light that the previous winner plagerised her poem and so, we have changed the winner to the first runner up.*

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