Change Through Education

Education is a Change Agent

Education, especially for young women and orphans, is essential to the betterment of the individual, the community, and the world as a whole. These academics and political leaders explain the importance of education for women in Ghana and the impact it has on the nation.

Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General.

Ghana native and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan notes that “Study after study has shown that there is no effective development strategy in which women do not play a central role. When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier and better fed: their income, savings and reinvestment go up. And what is true of families is also true of communities and, in the long run, whole countries.”

Dr. Emmanuel Aggrey, Educationist

“If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” This observation has been attributed to the prominent Ghanaian scholar Dr. Emmanuel James Kwegyir Aggrey (1875-1927). Dr. Aggrey understood that educating young women changes society. Education empowers young women to reject ideas which barricade them from being heard on important social and community issues. Education also empowers young women to have greater control of their own lives and the ability to work for the betterment of their community, as well as their own families. Education creates employment opportunities and the ability to choose a career that provides a foundation for leadership positions.

Professor James Anoba Annorbah-Sarpei

Professor Annorbah-Sarpei has over 40 years of professional consulting experience on development issues. An Environmental, Human Settlement and Social Management Specialist in the areas of child/human rights, gender and poverty reduction, he is the founder of the Centre for Community Studies, Action and Development (CENCOSAD) in Ghana. Professor Annorbah-Sarpei has lectured on development issues at major universities in Africa, the United States, England and Europe.

Professor Annorbah-Sarpei thanked EEC Board Members, Suzanne Dyer Wise, Rev. Francis Mercer and Genia Peterson for coming to Ghana. He emphasized the need for a program which focuses on the students in senior/vocational high schools. Schools at this level all charge tuition fees. He pointed out that financial assistance for students attending these schools is extremely rare. Professor Annorbah-Sarpei believes Educating Every Child’s individual scholarship program can have a significant impact on the future of the Manya Krobo community and Ghana as a whole.