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 8th 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.
2020 Program Structure:
Fellows engage in a three-week intensive -- two weeks at home/online and one week at the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana. They then spend 7 weeks in Dalun at the end of which they prepare written and video reports and reflections. All fellows must commit to all pre- departure and post-travel programming hosted by CPGC and LILAC as well as to taking one of a set of recommended courses (or proposing one in its place) in order to continue and deepen their learning.
Fellows work in one of the internships listed below, but also support each other’s work in other internships, and share in program-wide activities such as learning a traditional dance from a leader of the Dalun cultural group, and thinking together about arts in/as education:
Titagya Schools: Early Childhood Education in Dalun and Surrounding Communities
Simli Radio: Community Radio Projects
Dalun ICT Centre: Community and Computer-based Learning
Literary Arts and Archives: Simli Centre & Dalun Library Archival Coordination and Communication
- Read the 2020 internship description here. Summer 2021 Internship Description will be available shortly.
- Website: Visit the Lagim Tehi Tuma website to learn more.
- Deadline: Sunday, February 14, 2021
- Application: Bryn Mawr students apply through the Career & Civic Engagement Center. The application also requires a recommendation form from a Tri-Co faculty or staff member. Haverford students can apply through CPGC.
- Questions: Professor Alice Lesnick (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Chanelle Wilson (email@example.com). Haverford students can contact Stephanie Zuckerman from CPGC (firstname.lastname@example.org).