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U of M Students to Build Library in Ghana

April 22, 2013 6:56 AM | News


Ghana Students

Presby Primary students share their ideas for the future library. (HANDOUT)

Nine University of Manitoba students are headed to Ghana later this month to help construct a new library.

The Faculty of Architecture will leave on April 29 to take a course called Service Learning in the Global Community (SLGC). The six-credit-hour course provides opportunities for students to live and work overseas while learning about culture, construction and design.

The students will build a school library for Presby Primary School in the town of Damongo while working as apprentices on a construction site. Materials will be provided by Tools for Schools Africa, a non-profit organization in Red Deer, Alberta.

While there, the students will engage in a collaborative process with non-profit organizations, community members, trades people, classmates, and instructors.

The group will return to Canada on June 1.