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What are schools like in Ghana?

Sunrise School is on the outskirts of Accra, the capital city of Ghana. The school grounds are mostly dusty sand or gravel, with a few trees dotted around for shade. The classroom windows don't have glass, as there is little rain. As in most Ghanaian schools, the children wear a brown and yellow school uniform.

School starts at 7.30 in the morning. Most children walk to school, which usually takes between 5 and 30 minutes. Some cycle, while others take a 'tro-tro' (a cheap form of transport that is a cross between a taxi and a bus). Once at school, the children have lessons in agricultural science, general science, mathematics, music and dance, technical and vocational studies, cooking and languages. They learn Twi, Akan, Ga or Ew (Ghanaian languages), English (the official language) and French.

At break time, the children have a snack that they have brought from home or on their way to school. There isn't a tuck shop, but sometimes food sellers come into school to sell fruit. The children chat to their friends or play games like football, tug-of-war and practical six or amp (clapping, singing and jumping games).

School finishes at 2.30pm, although children usually do extra classes such as football training.



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