How a new writing system and a book project led to 3 years of experiential learning for UBC students in Northern Ghana

Robyn Giffen | UBC Okanagan
Cindy Bourne | UBC Okanagan
Vida Yakong | University for Development Studies, Ghana

Presentation | Monday, May 6 at 10:45 am – 12:00 pm | LIB 312

This presentation will outline how collaboration between two graduate student research projects, one focused on the development of a writing system for a previously unwritten language, and one focused on project design, led to three years of UBC student trips to Northern Ghana developing books in partnership with local students and teachers. We will discuss the benefits this experiential learning gave the undergraduate students who travelled to Ghana, as well as the challenges from both an instructor and student perspective, focusing specifically on how the design of these projects supported effective and appropriate partnership with the local community.