Stories Behind the Story – Part 5: Personal Perspective on Education – Why HopE Ghana and Education II?

With the guidance of my spiritual directors and thoughtful reading, I became so much more aware of myself. I also learned how much “garbage” I had inherited from the past and from my cultural milieu. My readings about being assertive helped me to reclaim my inner child who was crying for attention. Given my upbringing, I thought I must hide my light for others to shine. My education, and particularly my avid reading, told me to embrace that stage of my life and become the person I wanted to be at the core of my being. I began to let myself look to and wonder what would be the result.

A cross section of Notre Dame Students during a sporting activity
A cross section of Notre Dame Students during a sporting activity.

It made me a better person. It made me join in the discussions and no longer doubt my God-given ability. I learned that I am unique and was made to do something different in this world. I was not a shy or nervous young man any longer. I reclaimed my true self. In the words of Marriane Williamson, I didn’t allow my light to frighten me again but to let it shine. I wasn’t going to shrink any longer. I was meant to shine. This was all due to my education, the guidance from my mentors and an avid quest to read more and more.

Some Notre Dame Students in the official cloth celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the School in 2012.
Some Notre Dame Students in the official cloth celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the School in 2012.

HopE Ghana concentrates on educating the needy, underprivileged, marginalized children for this very purpose. I believe that education is empowering. Education makes these children better citizens and individuals; it engenders a commitment to give back and to ‘pay it forward,” to help those who follow behind to have the same opportunities. Education gives life to a person—a life that prepares them to live a better quality of life. It also presupposes that students will receive the training to become employable in today’s sophisticated society and technological world. Education is the only tool that eradicates poverty and raises the standard of living for the masses. Providing the means to an education is what HopE Ghana strives to do. We are committed to giving young men, and women especially, the opportunity of education so that their lives, and those of their families and communities will be better off. Come therefore to team up with HopE Ghana and help brighten a life.

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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)

HopE Ghana is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

Education in Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region