Adam and I are participating in a Peace Corps program that awards full, one-year scholarships to middle and high school girls throughout Benin. Girls are starkly underrepresented in Beninese high schools. At the high school in our town, the proportion of girls drops from 46% of the student body in sixth grade to 21% in senior year. The national government is encouraging educational equality by funding girls’ school fees, but they are still catching up. Adam and I had the girls and one of the high school principals over for lunch.
Adam made stir-fried rice with pineapple and tofu: typical ingredients, unusual seasonings. Everyone ate it, but nobody asked for the recipe.
We ate Beninese-style from one big bowl (although we used spoons, which was American-style).