Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators

by United Planet Corp (Empowered to Educate)
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
Fund 10 up-and-coming Ghanaian women innovators
International Women's Day snapshots!
International Women's Day snapshots!

Dear Friends of Empowered to Educate,

This has been another action-packed period for the Fellows. International Women’s Day was a big success as you can see from the headlines! Four of our Fellows participated in IWD, with the focus on Women’s Leadership, and their programs included support for teenaged mothers, academic achievement awards, and a joint health and wellness campaign.

Using proper health precautions, we were able to have our second in-person meeting with the Fellows. It is so gratifying to see how they are coming together as a group, and how much they have grown in their individual leadership journeys. We were thrilled to learn how highly they value the Fellowship with one Fellow saying: ‘I am very grateful for this family. My vision has been defined clearly….I’ve now constituted our board of people from diverse backgrounds I didn’t even think was possible….from lawyers to education specialists. They are all willing to support us and have started already.’  And from another: ‘I think the Fellowship program is like a wake-up call for me… I started my project in 2015 but it was like a charity… but going through this Fellowship I have come to realize that it’s not about you but it’s about the world seeing what you are doing and supporting you along the way….I feel part of a larger community.’

We are finally starting our micro-grants program! The Fellows are putting their strategic planning, goal setting, proposal writing and project management training into practice. We look forward to sharing specifics with you during our next update.

Meanwhile, do take a look at our one-year anniversary tribute to the Fellows in the link below. We hope it will make you smile!

We continue to be grateful for your interest and your support. Thank you!

Kind regards,

The Empowered to Educate Team

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Empowered to Educate has continued to grow and thrive despite Covid. Undaunted, the Fellows have maintained momentum with their grass roots programs and with their own professional leadership journeys, supported by you! our generous donors.

For example, the relationships between the Fellows and the Mentors continue to grow, as evidenced by this picture of Mentor Brigitte and Fellow Saudatu on the campaign trail during Brigitte’s recent campaign for President of Ghana.

Although the Fellows have not met in person since October due to the rise of Covid infections and deaths in Ghana, they have managed to meet via zoom every few weeks and have worked together to develop their own professional and personal goals and action plans. They also continue impressively on their leadership journeys, with one Fellow recently enrolled in a joint Master/PhD program on social policy in Ghana.

International Women’s Day is an important milestone for the Fellows and Empowered to Educate is supporting their local programs as they celebrate “Women’s Leadership”: the theme of the 2021 IWD. From supporting girls to say in school during Covid, to providing educational and nutritional support to very young children, our Fellows are doing their part to maintain momentum and keep positioned to move forward once Covid is behind us.

During this quarter we will launch our micro-grant initiative, when we will be providing direct support for their grass roots programs. Funds from the IWD Campaign will support the micro-grants.

We look forward to sharing progress with you on the Fellows and their grass roots programs, supported by the microgrants. 

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Dear Friends of Empowered to Educate,

Two weeks ago, the Fellows met - in person!

During a day-long meeting in Accra they were thrilled to meet each other, to learn from each other, and to share stories in real time about their challenges and accomplishments. 

Covid has presented complexities to be sure, and responses have been opportunistic: for one Fellow this has meant preparing “take home boxes” to meet the nutritional and educational needs of the children in her program; for another, distance learning has been accelerated to reach the adolescent girls striving to stay in school. 

Covid responses weren’t the only items on the agenda. They heard from Mentor Brigitte Dzogbenuku about her own leadership journey and why she had the courage to take center stage on the political scene in Ghana.

The Fellows also bonded. Each Fellow now has an “accountability buddy” – another Fellow who will do what so many of us have benefitted from in our personal and professional lives: ask the tough questions and stick with us.

During our meeting, the conversation came around to the importance of access to resources for their community programs. Resources include training on program operational skills, and the provision of micro-grants, which loom large for the Fellows. With the support of the Empowered to Educate leadership, and the generous support of our donors, the next six months will see the expansion of their grassroots programs. Fellows will be invited to submit their program proposals--it will be an exciting time.

As always, we will keep you up to date on their exciting accomplishments! We continue to be deeply grateful for your interest and your support.

Kind regards,


The Empowered to Educate Team

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June 25, 2020 

 

Hello Friends of Empowered to Educate, 

 

The last few months have been eventful with the dual challenges of Covid19 and racial injustice, but in the midst of these twin tragedies, we are happy to update you on the progress we have made.  First and foremost, we are excited to announce that we have selected our first group of  Fellows in Ghana! After receiving many nominations from our Ghana partners, conducting virtual interviews with each applicant, and reading candidate questionnaires, we narrowed it down to 10 fantastic Fellows. Their programs include early childhood development, inclusion, reading and literacy, communications, STEM,  and distance learning, among others. We cannot wait to support them in their changemaking endeavors and look forward to sharing their accomplishments with you. 

 

In addition to the selection process, we have been busy building curriculum and planning events. With the COVID 19 outbreak, we quickly recognized the importance of transferring our Fellowship program to a virtual format. Thanks to the hard work of Tawiah Agyarko-Kwarteng, our Ghana Country Advisor, we were able to retool our curriculum and shift events for online platforms. We have already created a WhatsApp where the Fellows meet each other and begin the important peer-to-peer networking process. We have booked our first virtual guest speaker who will address the Fellows at the formal launch, June 25th. She is Dr. Rana Dajani, founder of We Love Reading, Empowered to Educate partner, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential Arab Women. The global pandemic certainly taught us the value of flexibility and creative problem solving, skills we hope to share with our Fellows in the years to come.

 

As our Fellowships begin and our planning becomes reality, we ask ourselves what still needs to be done to ensure our Fellows get the most out of our program. Many of them expressed in their application that a key benefit of Empowered to Educate  is access to resources and microgrants. For that reason, we must prioritize fundraising in the months to come. We hope to use our platform on GlobalGiving to continue to share our mission with the public and raise additional funds to support each of our Fellows’ with microgrants, mentors, leadership training, and so much more.

 

Thank you for your support as we launch Empowered to Educate!

 

The Empowered to Educate team. 



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Morowa ... a future rock star!
Morowa ... a future rock star!

Dear Friends of Empowered to Educate,

It’s hard to believe that nearly two months have passed since we concluded our successful accelerator campaign with the help of our very generous donors and friends.

Lots has happened since we last wrote, most significantly the appointment of our Ghana Country Advisor, Tawiah Agyarko- Kwarteng, who started on January 28th. She is off and running, having designed the Fellowship application, nomination and appointment processes. We are targeting late April for the first meeting with our inaugural group of ten fellows.

Who will these fellows be? 

Imagine a woman like Morowa, who is a 31-year-old Ghanaian woman eager to contribute value to her community. Two years ago, she launched her own teenage pregnancy program in one of the poorer districts of greater Accra. By helping teens stay in school their chances for graduation increased as did their opportunities for employment. Education held the key for these teens.

Through her teen pregnancy prevention program, Morowa demonstrated her personal commitment to education as a means for social change. Further, she showed her drive to increase her leadership skills. When Morowa applies to become a Fellow, she will be asked “Describe a moment when you influenced or created social change in your community?” and she will be able to give concrete examples of the steps she has taken to promote reform, including her own teenage pregnancy prevention program. 

 When asked, “How do you think this fellowship opportunity would contribute value to your school/institutions or community?” Morowa will explain her goals and aspirations. She will describe the specific needs of her community and the role she will continue to play in making change. She will stand out as a social innovator, an advocate for change, and a high achiever. These qualities are what make women like Morowa ideal candidates for an Empowered to Educate Fellowship. 

Clearly, we are seeking local rock stars who will shoot to the top, and who are well on the way! 

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United Planet Corp (Empowered to Educate)

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