Stories Behind the Story – Part 4: Personal Perspective on Education – Why HopE Ghana and Education?

The choice to focus on getting an education is very personal. I know what schooling has done for me. As a little boy growing up in my village, I was budding with hope and full of laughter, conviction and constant smiles. Underneath it all, however, I struggled to conceal just how nervous and insecure I was. Beneath the smiles and joyful façade, there was a “child” deep within me who had trouble dealing with the outside world—the world beyond my immediate vicinity. No one knew this, except me. I was timid, nervous and shy at heart. I had yet to discover the “real” me. This continued until I studied Philosophy.

Some Former Girls of Notre Dame in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) Kumasi. It is the most vibrant of all the five Alumni Branches began in 2011 in my last year as chaplain with the national Alumni Officers based in Sunyani.
Some Former Girls of Notre Dame in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) Kumasi. It is the most vibrant of all the five Alumni Branches began in 2011 in my last year as chaplain with the national Alumni Officers based in Sunyani.

This quote has always inspired me: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” (Marrianne Williamson, Author & Lecturer).

Some of the students (who formed my support group) during a night of end of term get-together.
Some of the students (who formed my support group) during a night of end of term get-together.

(To be continued…)

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A little over 5% of the population of Brong Ahafo  region in Ghana are able to go beyond secondary school.

1 in 1000 has attained post-graduate education.*

The Region has the lowest proportion of regional population (1.3%) in post-secondary education.

Only 5 of 27 districts in Brong Ahafo Region have 5% of households who own laptops and/or desktop computers. (*2010 census)

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Education in Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region