Serendip's Togo connection

SUSAN WHITE, Associate Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Bryn Mawr College, worked with the Peace Corps in the West African nation of Togo from 1978 to 1981, teaching physical sciences in public high schools in the Plateau region. While working on her Ph.D at Johns Hopkins University and during subsequent postdoctoral work at Yale, Susan remained in touch with Togolese friends and teachers. After joining the Bryn Mawr faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1991, Susan returned to Togo for two weeks in 1994, for a quick visit in 1998, and for two weeks in 2000. During each of these visits, Susan talked with teachers, school administrators, and government officials about how Americans and Togolese might work together to enhance educational opportunities internationally. Materials presented here are aimed at developing ways to bring American and Togolese educators and students closer together.

  • Weather report in Tohoun

    3/16/00--The dry season continues and the temperature reaches 40oC/100o F daily. No rain has fallen in the year 2000 and many of the wells that supply drinking water are running dry. River water, which has to be transported a considerable distance, is not as clean and use of this water often causes parasitic infections. Due to the continuing economic and political difficulties, many Togolese are eager to plant this year's food crops but need to wait until the rains fall.

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