Photographer's Note

My recent work trip to Africa also brought me to Ghana where I had the chance to visit a school.

The school I visited in Accra had very limited facilities although classrooms were a comfortable size and the students had stools and tables to sit on. What the schools always lack is didactic material it seems: notepads, library books, learning posters, it's such an unknown luxury for them. Computers and printers are obviously never heard of.
Still the Ghana school system is not as catastrophic as it is in some other African countries as "only" about 25% of the adults are illiterate, assuring Ghana the 45th ranking worldwide for adult illiteracy.

Upon arrival at the school, I was almost smothered by the children. They were just having their break and seeing me and the camera, almost drove them crazy. I don't think I have ever come across a bunch of more enthusiastic and noisy children. They were screaming, jumping and running everywhere, hundreds of them; doing their very best to push me over.
My bum and arms were extensively pinched and touched, causing high exhilaration and laughter. I wish I could say I took a few easy and comfortable shots, but unfortunately, holding on to my camera was all I could do! It was quit an experience, but one I enjoyed tremendously!

I can still see the big smiles and the "I'll catch you" expression on their faces; I hear their laughter and feel their grabbing hands reaching out, excited by curiosity and all of them hungry for knowledge.

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