Sankofa: Lessons from a 50-year-old Photo Essay titled Playtime in Africa
A visionary 1960's photo essay titled Playtime in Africa by W. Bell and E. Sutherland showcased modern Ghanaian children playing with creativity and imagination in both urban and rural settings. 50 years on, this small gem still has the capacity to both delight and provide relevant insights for early childhood development today.
Sankofa is an Akan (Ghanaian language) word which literally means "go back and take". This cultural principle reminds us to recall, preserve and use what is of value from the past.
Playtime in Africa is out of print, so
images are linked. Its value is not in pages of research and analysis, but in strong images and simple words which speak the universal language of childhood play. Enjoy!