AKWASI SEKYERE – 12-yr pupil weaver
“I learnt it by observing and assisting family and friends already in the weaving which is the major occupation here,” Akwasi Sekyere told Learning Matters.
As early as 4am Akwasi Sekyere, twelve-year old second year pupil of Ntonso R/C Junior High School in Kwabre East district in Ashanti region of Ghana, is set to start weaving to make some money to support himself in school.
Intelligent Sekyere breaks for school in the morning and resumes after school in the afternoon. And when it is a weekend or holiday he has much time to finish more work to deliver the orders to his clients through the convenient means.
Ntonso is noted for irresistible display of adinkra symbols in creatively woven kente and other indigenous wears for all occasions. The ironically development eluded town is made up of many child weavers who learnt the trade on the job from the elderly or colleagues. The debate of somewhat child abuse by some school of thought is another subject beyond the creativity and the entrepreneurial elements the author is advancing here.
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