About the Program
Lagim Tehi Tuma (“Thinking Together” in Dagbani), is a Bi-Co Summer Action Research fellowship with the community of Dalun, Ghana focused on re-imagining education through community-based partnerships, collaborative study, and cultural exchange. Now entering its seventh year, the Lagim Tehi Tuma program grows out of a grassroots collaborative between BiCo and local educators in a rural community in Northern Ghana.
Focused on understanding and rethinking education—formal and informal, community-based and self-directed—through study, action, and reflection, Lagim Tehi Tuma combines several elements. These include:
- Team-building with a group of BiCo and Ghanaian undergraduate Fellows
- Independent and collaborative study
- Introductory language learning
- Internships with local organizations and mentors
- Special projects
- Speakers and excursions
The process of thinking together about education entails engagement with questions of history, culture, race, class, gender, and other dimensions of identity; of colonialism, nationality, and post-coloniality; and of the discourses of development, post-development and indigeneity.
Under the direction of Professor Alice Lesnick, Local Coordinator Alhassan Sumaila, Graduate Coordinators, and a Dalun-based leadership team, Lagim Tehi Tuma includes undergraduate students from the University of Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana.
Program Structure: Summer Fellows from BMC and HC engage in one week of home-based study with online sharing then travel to Ghana for continued study, team building, and planning with Summer Fellows from UDS, Ghana and the local leadership team. Fellows form committees—Communication, Health and Safety, Research, and Budget—that help steer the program. For the next seven weeks they pursue internships, Dagbani lessons, and community experiences that create a platform for ongoing thinking together in various formats. The program culminates with written/visual syntheses and assessments, and continues into the fall semester with Fellows choosing a course that will enable their summer learning to deepen and joining with other students to debrief and disseminate lessons learned.
- Read the internship description here.
- Website: Visit http://lagim.blogs.brynmawr.edu/ to learn more.
- Review the 2019 application questions.
- Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
- Application: Bryn Mawr students apply through LILAC Funding Program. The application form is available here: LILAC | Lagim Tehi Tuma Fellowship Application Summer 2019. Haverford students can apply through CPGC.
- Questions: Professor Alice Lesnick (firstname.lastname@example.org).