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Last Updated: Saturday May 14 2005 10:09 GMT

Growing up in Ghana

'Cecilia's' school was built from money raised from fair trade chocolate
'Cecilia's' school was built from money raised from fair trade chocolate

It's World Fair Trade Day today and fair trade events, rallies, seminars, and fashion shows are being held worldwide.

'Cecilia' lives in Ghana. Her school was funded and built by Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of over 45,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana.

We asked 'Cecilia' to tell us a little bit about growing up in Ghana.

"I live with my Mum, Dad and my two brothers.

My parents are both tomato farmers and they work very hard - their farm is very far from my home.

Work late

I go to a school which has been built by Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of cocoa farmers who grow the beans for Divine and Dubble chocolate.

When I come home from school, I cook for my parents and brothers.

I cook for my parents because they are farmers and they do not come back early from their farm.

Cooking skills

I often cook rice and stew.

I make things like tomato stew:

I take charcoal, and put fire on it.

I put the pot on the fire. I pour an oil called palm oil in the pot.

Then I cut my onion and put it in the oil.

I chop a pepper and put it in a blender before putting in the oil.

Then I pour the tomatoes in the oil.

When the stew is coming to a boil, I add spices like nutmeg, magi, green pepper and addbo.

I leave the stew to cook for about an hour.

TV Africa

In the future I want to be a newsreader on television.

I know how to speak English. I want to work for a channel like TV3 which is a station in Ghana or TV Africa.

My favourite subject at school is English, I like to read and write it.

Very determined

To become a newsreader, I need to go to university.

When I finish school, I will try to force my mother to send me to university to practice my newsreading.

It is very expensive to go to university, but I will go, I am determined."

'Cecilia', 14, Ghana


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