During the last semester of the 2014-15 school year, the 8th grade class developed a service learning project recording oral histories of Accra. Students spent time in English and Humanities classes learning about the importance of oral history, listening to and watching examples of oral histories and reflecting on their personal history left behind through social media. Through this process students began to develop their interview and writing skills while considering what information would be important and interesting to gather.
Students then interviewed someone of their choice about their experiences coming to Accra. The results were fascinating as many students had incredible conversations with people from all walks of life; nannies, drivers, policemen, businessmen and expats.
We plan for this to be a yearly project for the 8th grade with the topic shifting slightly each year. It is our hope that over time we will create a valuable resource of recorded stories and interviews of and for the people of Accra.