Participants on THE UBUNTU STUDY RETREAT & TOUR will learn key phrases in Twi and Fante' (two of the native languages of the central region). Nana Sarfo is a senior high school English teacher at the Edinaman Senior High School in Elmina, Ghana. She was educated at the Holy Child Training College of Takoradi in the Western-Region; and she is a graduate of the University of Cape Coast where she had a combined major in English Language and Akan. Her native tongues are Fante' and Twi. As a multi-lingual treasure she is an experienced tour navigator and an advisor to many Ghanaians and Americans who have traveled and/or re-settled abroad.
Her cultural wisdom and cross-cultural knowledge helps to bridge the practices for those who live beyond W. African boarders - in particular those who live in the western world.
The learning on this retreat aims to disspell myths about Africa's place in history, and African ways of knowing which will help to bring connection, identity, and reaffirmation to those who were broken from their true African ancestry and identity. Interacting with Nana Sarfo is a pleasurable testament to bridging the praxis of culturally responsive-sustaining pedagogy during instruction to children with African ancestry.
Patience, Safety, & Skill are hallmarks of Appiah (Mr. Donkoh). Traffic and transportation in Ghana is quite different from western travel and requires a disposition that shows character and fortitude. Appiah is a family man of strong faith and has a tremendous sense of servanthood. He is a keen observer with a heart for understanding others. He is the chief driver for guests and for all tours included in THE UBUNTU STUDY RETREAT & TOUR.
Mr. Issahaku is all things learning. He is our Resident Scholar during this tour. As a recent graduate of the University of Cape Coast with a Bachelor of Education degree in combined majors in English and History, Mustapha joins the team as a developing cross-cultural scholar-in-residence. His ability to share pre-colonial and post-col
Mr. Issahaku is all things learning. He is our Resident Scholar during this tour. As a recent graduate of the University of Cape Coast with a Bachelor of Education degree in combined majors in English and History, Mustapha joins the team as a developing cross-cultural scholar-in-residence. His ability to share pre-colonial and post-colonial histories of the Cape Coast Region and Africa at-large, dating as far back as the 14th Century, is a scholarly understanding that replaces the erasure of Africa's prominent foundation and tremendous influence on our world today. As a young historian he shares history in the oral tradition during our tours.
He was a participant (May 2022) in a reciprocal American-Ghanaian Scholars visitation exchange program between the Education Departments of Michigan State University and the University of Cape Coast. According to Mustapha, this experience has broadened his view of African and African American history and how it relates to major trends of the past. He will share these and other historical "truths" which situates the tremendous need for educators to become culturally responsive-sustainable as a key element to 'cultivating the genius' in children of African decent and teaching for justice and equity.