Research note: old rifles were fired into the air emitting the loud bang of a car backfiring. Drumming and singing could be heard amidst the puncturing bangs. A funeral was being held for a community member. We were seated under a tree away from the memorial, interviewing one of the participants. A young 10-year old, who has never attended formal schooling. He bore my questioning with patience and reflection. Storm clouds were gathering in the background, the wind picking up speed. Average temperatures around this part of northern Ghana have been 40 degrees Celsius, but today was bearable. We managed to move inside of a teacher’s house before the rain lashed the village. The chickens and a goat joined us in the gloom. The interviews continued as three parents spoke about their children, schooling, culture and literacy.