02/19/04 — Carver Heights hear Ghana speaker

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Carver Heights hear Ghana speaker

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on February 19, 2004 1:59 PM

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Carver Heights Elementary School learned about Ghana, West Africa, this week as part of Black History Month.

Ken Duah, a pastor from Ghana, visited a classroom and spoke during an assembly at the local school. He shared slides and talked about the way of life in his country, including such aspects as religion, government and the culture.

It is Duah's first trip to America. He told the students that Ghana has had many problems since 1970, but for the past decade it has been fortunate to have a government put in place that has brought stability.

He said the country has a population of about 20 million people, likening it to the size of Pennsylvania.

There are about 50 tribes and about 200 languages and dialects spoken in Ghana.

"Because of that, we had a problem getting an official language," he said.

English has been adopted as the language most used in schools and in the workplace, he said. He told the students that his country has three main religions, the West African Church, Islamic and Christian. The most popular occupations chosen are farming and fishing.