"I have learned to be honest"
Navn: Isaac Ameyaw, 21 år
Hjemby: Kumasi i Ghana.
Elev på IHS: Efteråret 2017 & foråret 2018
Hvem havde troet, at en helt almindelig 21-årig ghaneser ville ende på Idrætshøjskolen i Sønderborg? Det er heller ikke tit, at det sker, men Isaac Ameyaw fandt vej til IHS gennem en ven i Ikast og historieundervisning i Ghana.
Nysgerrighed bragte Isaac til Danmark
“All my life I have been living in Ghana, Kumasi is my town, so I needed a different culture, a different environment to stay in. So that is why I decided to move from Ghana”.
Isaac fortæller, hvordan sin ven fra Ghana, Michael, gik på højskole i Ikast.
“I have a friend in Denmark, called Michael, he went to Ikast High School (Idrætshøjskolen i Ikast red.). I told him that I wanted to move from Ghana, then he told me that he would help me come to Denmark.”
Isaac kendte lidt til Danmark fra historieundervisningen i Ghana, hvor eleverne lærer om Danmark, der var en tidligere kolonimagt i Ghana.
“Michael told me good things about high school, he told me that you learn how to communicate and interact with others. He gave me some websites so I could read about Denmark and high schools. I am a footballer, so when I saw it was a sports high school, then I decided to come to sports high school in Sønderborg. And now I am training with the local club FC Sønderborg.”
“I love to dance”
“Every monday morning all the students come together to dance or make a workout. That’s my favourite subject, when everybody is together.”
“In the beginning everybody was shy, but I felt how the community grew day by day.
Togetherness, I love that, everybody include each other, we share ideas, ‘let’s do this, let’s do that’. My friends are close to me, they want to talk with me, they want to know more about Isaac, Ghana and my family. It's good. I learn a lot from the teachers, they are more open than the teachers in Ghana, you can ask them any questions. They will take their time to explain everything to me.”
Isaac fortæller, at han har lært rigtig mange ting af at gå på højskole, men et sted, hvor danskere kan lære noget fra Ghana er, når vi fester:
“I am a party boy, I love to dance, but I don’t drink. I think you guys, here in Denmark, are more into drinking alcohol. You often have to drink a lot before you can dance. But there is a reason, why I don’t drink. I used to have a friend called Prince, he was my good friend. One day we went to the nightclub. After the nightclub we were going back home. We were 4 boys and he was very drunk. We were just going side by side, and a car from behind hit him. We took him to the hospital, he died after a week. That is why I said ‘I will not drink again’. But I still love to dance.”
Isaac er meget imponeret over den måde, danskere er ærlige på, og han nyder virkelig, at alle gerne vil hjælpe. Han fortæller, at man i Ghana ofte kun foregiver at kunne hjælpe:
“Let me tell you the truth, you guys are more honest than us. In Ghana you sometimes pretend a little bit. Now, when I talk, then I have to be consistent, I have to remember that I have already said it. I have to be honest all the time.”
“The best thing for me as a person from Africa is to meet different kind of people and personalities. High school has really helped me how to communicate, how to be honest. You have to be open-minded. You become an easygoing person. It has helped me a lot.”