By Maddy McAllister, Lotus Volunteer (from USA)
Cosmic Academy School recently held a ‘sports day’; a friendly competition between the students of Lotus Nursery School and Cosmic Academy School, both from Accra, Ghana. The idea came about from a fellow volunteer from England. The Cosmic Academy school grounds were cleaned, a sand pit was installed, parents were invited and balloons lined the school for the special occasion. We (Lotus Nursery School) arrived at Cosmic Academy around 9:00 am. The competitions started immediately! First, were the musical chairs, followed by the sack race, skipping-rope race, ‘lime in spoon’ race, and finally ending with the 3-legged race (a personal favourite to watch!). The older children also competed in more serious activities including the long jump matches, and running races. The competitions were taken very seriously by all ages, boys and girls!
The festivities came to an end around mid-day with the prize ceremony. A speech was first given by Jayaliila of Cosmic Academy, followed by the much anticipated prize ceremony. The children were extremely proud to receive the prizes and medals generously donated by the English volunteer.
Athletics and sports are terms often disregarded in school academics. However there are students that find they excel in physical education and sports and they usually go unrecognized. Sports day was a day to congratulate and recognize these children and embrace their talents! It was an amazing day full of glowing children, teachers and proud parents. Hopefully it will stay a tradition between the schools for many years to come.
On your marks, get set