Today we had the pleasure of visiting Savelegu Senior High School for the third time in less than two years. The staff and students are unfailingly welcoming and kind to us; this is always one of the high points of our Ghana tours. Mr. Nantogma introduced us to the school administration and then led a very useful and informative session with the school’s faculty. We then met with the students who have been exchanging letters and who hope to exchange letters in the future. These students write some of the most detailed and thoughtful letters in our exchange and always have incisive questions and observations.
Like many schools in the Northern Region, SAVESS is comprised mostly of Muslim students and staff, and Yo Ghana is delighted that letters from such students are providing American students with a much more accurate and flattering impression of Muslims and Africans than Americans are usually exposed to. As if to underscore this point, a roadside merchant we had purchased some shirts from last year threw in a free shirt for Wendy after I had purchased two from him—even after Lucy had bargained down the price—because “we are friends.” Northern Ghana is a special place.