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Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa and help add creativity and song to children's education

#volunteertakeover News About Learning Through Song

Date Posted: 25/08/2018

Here in Ghana, music, song and dance is ingrained into every aspect of life, watch how Partner West Africa add song to their workshops to help children learn.

‘Has anyone seen my phone?’ is a common question heard here in the Partner West Africa (PWA) volunteer house! It’s funny that you can remember the song ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, a song you’ve probably not sung for years, but forget where you’ve put your phone down only minutes earlier. Here in Ghana, music, song and dance is ingrained into every aspect of life: the exuberant singing in church, the beat of the drum at traditional festivals and the azonto dance moves seen at local beach bars at the weekend. All teachers here will tell you that song and music are also used widely in education too.

In early-years education singing helps to teach behaviour, basic skills, and social skills; changing the vocal tone helps children learn the natural sounds of language, and rhyming words help them to learn how we blend and combine sounds together to create words. Lin Marsh, a singing leader with the British Council’s World Voice programme says “I have observed that singing together improves children's behaviour. It helps them bond – whatever the song or language.” Even as adults we continue to remember through song. I’m sure everyone can think of a time when you had a song from a TV advert stuck in your head!

As song plays such a crucial role in learning, and is such an important part of Ghanaian culture, PWA tries to build some variation of song into their workshops and programmes. Throughout this week, as part of volunteer take over, we’ve shared videos on social media of how we have done this in some of our recent work. If you missed the videos on our social media you can watch them all below.


This video from our Gender Equality programme centres around empowering girls


Singing this song helped these children learn about toothbrushing


This catchy song will help the girls to remember some of the key points from their menstrual hygiene class


I’ll apologise now for getting the menstrual hygiene song stuck in your head, but I think it illustrates perfectly how a simple song can reinforce learning! 

Author: Sophie - PWA Volunteer Manager

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