The practice spread through West Africa and is now celebrated in many of the public schools in Senegal, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo and Benin. Our school chose to cut down the celebration to a 3 day event to keep from losing too many school days.
The first two days included opening ceremonies, the teacher-student soccer game (yes, I played!), a information session on gender equality, a girls' soccer game, traditional dances, skits, what amounted to a talent show, an information session about risky pregnancies, some carnival games and the students' finale of the inter-class soccer tournament.
That being said, there were some parts that I really enjoyed. My favorites were the (mostly traditional) dances that some of the girls did.
|Mr. Atti (English Teacher), David (Plan Volunteer), Me, Mr. Koura (English Teacher)|
I was dominating that game! If you look closely, the candy is by my chest, but my competator's is still at his shorts
The other was 5 chances to kick the soccer ball through the tire, which reminded of the American equivalent with baseballs.
|My host brother playing|
|Students bringing food to the teachers. This group got matching pagne to celebrate the week.|
Most of all, Semaine Cuturelle was a nice break from normal classes and a chance to kick back.