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A Passion for Education Realized

A Passion for Education Realized

Phoebe Amoako grew up in Tema, Ghana, a port city in the southeast of the West African country. One of three children raised by a single mother, Phoebe has always had a passion for learning. In her early school years it was for math and geography.

After graduating with distinction from Aburi Girls’ Senior High School, she was admitted to Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana. Phoebe’s university scholarship is supported by the Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund.

Now in her second year at Ashesi University, Phoebe loves debate and is a wiz at computer programming, something she did not know before she entered college. “Fortunately, the liberal arts curriculum that Ashesi offers made me realize that I had an interest in computer science,” she said. When she graduates, she expects to put what she has learned to work helping others.

The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund is dedicated to helping young women like Phoebe achieve their dreams of education. The fund supports member charities that provide scholarships for girls and young women to attend school — from primary school through college — so that they gain control over their futures.

Ashesi University is a private, nonprofit college in Accra, Ghana. Its mission is to educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial African leaders by cultivating in its students critical thinking skills, concern for others, and courage to lead in new ways. Founded just ten years ago, Ashesi University was an African initiative with a bold vision.  When Phoebe graduates, she will join a small but growing number of women with college degrees in Sub Saharan Africa.

The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund is part of a larger dialogue about access to quality education worldwide. By contributing to the Fund, you can empower young women like Phoebe to fulfill their potential.

Aid for Africa is an alliance of 85 U.S.-based nonprofits and their African partners who help children, families, and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Aid for Africa’s grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa.


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10:12AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Right on, education is the key!
And, now I'll share some absolutely useless info: Many years ago, when I was a seaman, I spent a few days in Tema, Ghana...

1:56PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:23PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Great story xx

5:23AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

This is a story of hope...never stop learning.

6:32PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


to help kids with learning too:

"Quicken your child’s evolution
Children should be taught to concentrate and meditate. By practicing the scientific techniques of meditation, they will, from early life, reveal intuitive faculties that will enable them to grasp knowledge with extraordinary quickness.

Education does not consist of pumping ideas and facts into the brain. It consists of developing one’s intuitive faculties and bringing the hidden soul-memory of all knowledge onto the plane of human consciousness. All new truths are simply the hidden truths of the soul; they give us joy upon rediscovery.

The development of intuition quickens human evolution. Teach children to quicken their own evolution through meditation. Have a little family altar where parents and children gather to offer deep devotion to God, and to unite their souls in meditation."

4:30AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund/university is a wonderful thing indeed.

11:35AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Education is an asset to the whole of society, not just to its recipient. Only the really stupid want to restrict it, usually because they fear debate will shake their comfortable world.

8:53AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

A story of hope...

7:38AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thank you for the article.

2:18AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Very inspiring...thank you!

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