Independence Day

We are not African because we were born in Africa but because Africa was born in us.
— Dr Kwame Nkrumah
How Do We Teach Preschoolers History?
An excellent opportunity for teaching history was the upcoming Independence Day of Ghana. Typically, in large schools, there are independence parades and marches for children to commemorate this important occasion. It is a day off from school and work. The entire village gathers in the local park and organizes a grand festival in which all residents participate.

The Janusz Korczak Preschool also has its own school tradition. We are proud of our place on the map of Africa and want the children to understand and learn the significance of important holidays and to know the leaders who have played a significant role in the life of the Ghanaian community. One of them is Kwame Nkrumah. This Ghanaian politician and the first president of Ghana, by profession a teacher, is one of the leading figures in the Pan-African movement, who fought for the unification and independence of African nations.

Under the guidance of their teachers, the children prepared a special performance, which became the main attraction of the festival. Dressed in original costumes characteristic of various regions of Ghana, they showcased their skills in dance, recitation, and singing. Each group had the task of learning a few words in the language characteristic of the given region, which not only enriched their knowledge but also highlighted the cultural diversity of the country. Parents were deeply moved, seeing the engagement and joy of their children.
Ghana's Independence Day is not only an occasion for celebration but, above all, a time for reflection on the history and values that unite the community. The joint celebration at the Janusz Korczak Preschool was a unique moment that will remain in the memory of both children and adults for a long time.