After spending my first two weeks in Ghana, specifically Boso, what I was deeply impressed with was the tolerance of the Ghanaian people. One thing that totally exceeded my expectations was how people around me always make me feel welcomed, relaxed, satisfied, and bottled up with emotions. I would like to write about two of my experiences from interacting with people.
First, I saw a number of people who welcomed me so kindly upon first interactions within the first few weeks I stayed in Ghana. I have been moved, almost to tears by the sweetness of these special human beings several times. Over there, people who saw me mostly said “Akwaaba” – a local Twi word which translates as “Welcome” in English. Moreover, some people took their time to teach me more words in the Ghanaian language with a full bright smile. The warmth, the smile; this is what I love about Ghana and its people. It made me lose every feeling of nervousness more quickly than I ever imagined. For the first time I was at a different place with different people and still felt like I was a part of them. I blended in.
Secondly, it was through my teaching in primary four (4) in a basic school that I learnt the most important lesson. It was the attitude of the kids that constituted my class. On the first day of our class sessions, the kids and I were both very nervous and shy of each other. However, I was surprised at their attitude towards me on the next day. It seemed like they were finally accepting me as a part of them. They tried interacting with me through their adorable smiles, which was a lot faster than I expected since I, on the other hand was trying to figure out how I could get along with them. Even though they made a lot of noise during classes, their tolerant and receptive style which enables them to absorb something new from people coming from abroad, gave me confidence in the kids. When I smiled at them, they smiled back at me for sure. When I waved my hand at them, they never hesitated to wave right back.
There were so many nostalgic moments but the most amazing of them all were the times when they hugged or shook hands with me. I felt extremely thankful for all those adorable actions and their behaviour towards me
Therefore, I have learnt and decided to cultivate the attitude of tolerance to attract and accommodate the people around me. In addition, I wished and hope that I at least made an impact on the kids and had contributed to their future in my own little way during my stay in Ghana.