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Children fly high at Christian school in Ghana


Airplanes rarely fly over the remote West African village of Sefwi-Debiso, Ghana, and few children there ever consider careers in aviation.
That changed when Willette Neal, a church member from Georgia, hosted an aviation day camp at Lamplighter Community Academy, a 400-student Christian school supported by Churches of Christ.
Neal, who works for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, talked to about 70 students in grades six through eight about her job, airplane components and airline safety procedures around the world. She showed them photos of airplanes on her laptop computer until the battery died. The school does not have electricity.
The day camp “allowed the kids to learn about new ways of making a living beyond farming with the limited land available to them,” said Augustine Tawiah, a Ghanaian minister and the school’s founder. “The fascinating part of the program was the experience of touching miniature airplanes and learning that the pilots talk to people on the ground.”
The students received lanyards decorated with miniature airplanes.
“Every child that received one said, ‘God bless you,’” Neal told FocusFAA newsletter. “We take such small things for granted. They were so appreciative.”

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