The students at Crossover International Academy recently completed an inspiring celebration of International Day of the Girl. Empowering women and educating women is one of the United Nations Millennium Goals, which are a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all of the world’s leading development institutions. The Millennium Goals were established to help meet the needs of the world’s poorest. Educating women has proven to be one of the best solutions to ending poverty.
International Day of the Girl was October 11. In Ghana, women are not treated equally. Girls attend school less frequently and can be sold into domestic slavery where they face all sorts of abuse. Many of the girls at Crossover have escaped domestic slavery and are now safe at Crossover. Last year, and this year, to celebrate International Day of the Girl, the girls are Crossover set up shop in the nearby town of Dzemeni to demand more respect through student speeches. It is an incredibly brave thing to do. The men of the community do not welcome the demands. Be proud, these kids are striving to right wrongs in the world and they are having some success! The videos below show some of the events of the day.
Speeches done by students…. Notice the men in the background and their responses
Until the arrival of Arab traders, West Africa had no written language. Instead, West Africans developed a strong oral tradition. They used oral history, poetry, folk tales, and sayings both to teach and to entertain. In the video below, you’ll see Xorlali, one of the 8th grade Crossover students, leading the oral poetry tradition on International Day of the Girl. She is serving as the wise mother, dispensing wisdom to her children….with traditional guards.