This is discussion about The ‘Enlightening the Hearts Literacy Campaign’, under the auspices of the Olinga Foundation for Human Development, Ghana.
Congratulations Leslie for being selected as one of the Champions of Quality Education in Africa! I wish you success as you continue promoting literacy and build capacity to meet growing needs. Congs!
I want to sincerely thank the organizers for this opportunity and for the few comments that I have read from colleagues even outside Nigeria, I feel so honored and I am humbled and will continue to do my best as a champion of quality education in Africa. I want to thank everyone for the very positive remarks that you have made and pledge to truly live up to your expectations and serve as a Champion of Quality Education in Africa. As a teacher leader and motivator, I will raise more champions in Africa and all over the world for quality education. I also want to congratulate my other colleagues who have been selected as finalists. I believe we are the ones that Africa has been waiting for and this is an opportunity to make a new determination and offer a new vision for quality education in Africa.
Also, I see this rather as a recognition that commissions you and I to a higher service to humanity and I pledge to live and work with other colleagues to bring the dream of qualitative and quantitative education for the millions of children in Africa and around the world to reality. Thank you Ashoka Changemakers for the recognition and thank you colleagues for your VOTE, which is not just for me, but for the 59 million teachers around the world who have never been recognized enough for the contributions they make and for the hundreds of millions of children who look up to us as teachers for their future. I hope that this will inspire many more to join the 14 of us who have been selected to work for quality education in Africa. I urge my colleagues who have emerged finalist to see this as a moment to truly give a new direction to education in Africa. Let us become the champions of champions for quality education in Africa. While governments in Africa and the UN are making effort to ensure education for all children (quantitative), let us use this recognition to serve as advocates and changemakers for quality education, so that the education of children in Africa will be both qualitative and quantitative.
For the 14 of us selected as finalists, instead of seeing each other as competitors, I will rather request that we work cooperatively as the people chosen at this time to promote quality education in Africa. Let us become the embodiments of quality education in Africa, and let us work to raise more champions of quality education and eventually produce qualitatively educated children who will address and overcome the many critical challenges (corruption, HIV/AIDS, poverty, etc) facing Africa even in the 21st century.
Dear Colleagues, this is a win-win situation for all of us. Let us work more collaboratively to ensure that quality education in Africa is realized. Whether we emerge as final winners or not, let us maintain this momentum and quickly forge a common ground for the sake of education in Africa. I propose that the organizers create a G14 group and a G300+ group for both the finalists and other colleagues who were not selected but passionately believe in quality education in Africa to work together as the new champions of quality education in Africa who will raise many more champions for quality education in Africa. In this way, we shall all be able to work transcending the borders of finalists and non-finalists to bring quality education to Africa. Thank you all for being a part of this and let us mobilize others to join this initiative.
Dear Brother Leslie Casely-Hayford,
This is a bold initiative and I pray that you would become one of the three selected champions to enable you put to translate these laudable ideas into action. Those of us at the National Africa Foundation are behind you in your efforts. You are one of my other three choices. Congratulations!
I have known the Olinga Foundation since its inception almost 10 years ago. I am aware of their approach, philosophy and principles. All of which I firmly agree with. I recognize the challenges of promoting education in Africa. The idea of literacy workbooks in the local native language is exceptional and I understand it is working very well.
Having visited Ghana more than a dozen times and seen the work that the Olinga Foundation is doing in facilitating girl's education and literarcy among the rural children in Ghana, I feel that this is a very positive program and I am wishing them long term sustainability in their efforts. George and Myrna Collins
On July 28, 2009 the judges reviewed the entries for the Changemakers “Champions of Quality Education in Africa” competition and would like to pass on the following feedback (listed below) for your entry. Thank you for applying and for your hard work in the field. We are excited to archive your entry to serve as a leading solution for the worldwide community of innovators. We wish you continued luck with your innovative, sustainable, and socially impactful initiatives.
All the best, The Changemakers Team
“I’m impressed with the impact that this initiative has already had, and their innovative way of teaching. They really focus on the transformation of character to be more caring and supportive of each child. It’s also great to see that many schools have been set up and that there has been an overall increase in literacy rates.”
“The fact that this initiative is embedded within a larger national program, which enhances literacy through the combination of mother tongue and improved language teaching in English, is extremely important and contributes to the larger picture. Would they mind providing more information about the business model and how they plan on expanding this initiative?”
- Changemakers “Champions of Quality Education in Africa” Judges: Escuela Nueva, Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts, Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, CARE (United States), African Leadership Academy, UNICEF