From the top of the castle you could look down at the sea, and the working fishing town. Here the people still dig their canoes by hand, head out to sea, throw out the nets, and pull in their catch.
After lunch, we continued down the coast to Elmina Castle. These "castles" line the coast of West Africa, and the students were very intrigued by my photographs of maps as well as the locations pulled from history.It was easy to put ourselves back into this time period, and the historians and guides who directed us through the tours were very proud to tell the tales of horror, and how the African people had risen out of this past to recover their nation.
And how can you resist these smiles?
Another interesting historical piece - Cape Coast Castle was visited by President and Mrs. Obama in 2009. This is an event the Ghanaians talk about a lot, and there are posters of him with their president posted all over the capital. This plaque hangs prominently on a courtyard wall, and is part of the tour:
As we went through the PowerPoint presentation and talked about slavery and the historical implications to both continents, and other parts of the world, I remembered why I went into education. The children were engaged in learning; they were inquisitive and excited to learn something new and make it their own.
Doing presentations also gives our photography a purpose. We love taking pictures, but they're no good stored in a computer (or in a stack of shoeboxes and slide storage units in the cupboards). By creating projects, photography books, articles, and presentations we can not only share our vision, but educate others.