Where: Osiem is an Akan village of about 5,000 people about midway between Accra and Kumasi, the largest cities in Ghana.
Why we went there: Steven Watson had helped create a library, one of the best in the region, through Frank Otchere, a king of his village working in New York; therefore we had appropriate connections, and the events were organized by Bismark [full name] and videotaped by Nana Kwasi [full name]. We wanted to connect schools and nearby villages through the medium of games.
What we did: Organized by figures on the ground (Bismark and Nana Kwasi) with advisory aid by ChildsPlayInternational, events that were organized were sports, dancing, and a competitive quiz-bowl.
Outcomes: The events were so lively that the king of Osiem came and addressed the teachers and students and said these events should be repeated annually.
Surprises: With highly competent people operating on the ground, these activities could be accomplished and documented without anyone from ChildsPlayInternational being physically present. Because of competition between schools, one of the most popular events was the Quiz Bowl.