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Last Updated: Thursday May 31 2007 13:03 GMT

Hotseat: Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer

Dani in Ghana

Dani Harmer, star of TV show Tracy Beaker, has been chatting to Newsround to answer some of YOUR questions!

She recently visited Ghana to find out about some of the many children across the world who are not able to go to school.

Loads of you got in touch with your questions for the star and here's what she had to say...


How did it feel when you got to Ghana. Was it what you expected?
Sasia, London

When I got to Ghana I didn't know what to expect to be honest. But as we were driving through I saw so much, kids selling, people begging. It's nothing like you'd get back home in England, so I've been lucky enough to come out here with a charity to witness it myself.

Why did you go to Ghana?
Chiara and Samantha

I was invited out to Ghana by Action Aid and Comic Relief and I completely jumped at the opportunity. I've always, always wanted to go to Africa, so coming here is just amazing.

Do the children speak and learn English?
Chloe, Peterborough
Dani in Ghana

The children that do go to school get to learn the alphabet, maths and science. They get to learn everything we do back in the UK, but there's still 80 million children that don't get to go to school.

What's the saddest thing you've seen?
Imogen, Darlington

There are so many things I've seen since I've been out here but the one that probably stands out to me is meeting a child called Zuwera. She lives with her blind grandmother and I was invited into their home to see the way she lives. It's just awful. They have the smallest house and it's completely infested with flies.

What will you remember most about your trip?
Stella, USA

I will remember absolutely everything, but the thing I will take away with me is the children. As soon as we got out of the car we had the loveliest, warmest welcome, which is something you don't get in the UK.

What's the food like in Ghana?
Andrew, London
Dani in Ghana

The one word I can use to describe the Ghanaian food is different. There's this thing which actually looks like Play-Doh. I wasn't adventurous enough to eat that but I did try roasted guinea fowl which is very nice. It tasted like chicken.

What's it like meeting children that don't go to school?
Chloe, Emily, Kate and Emma

It was really upsetting and it makes you realise how important school really is. When I was at school, to be honest, I really didn't like it, but it's made me realise that without school, we would have nothing.



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