The United Nations, in September 2015, set a collection of 17 integrated goals known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also known as the Global Goals, the SDGs were adopted by all United Nations Member States as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Number 4 of the 17 SDGs is Quality of Education, which was set to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development.
Lady Abena Yeboah, an entrepreneur, Global Peace Ambassador and philanthropist, is passionate and committed to supporting the achievement of inclusive and equitable quality education in Ghana.
Her passion to achieve SDG 4 propelled her to establish a non-profit organisation known as Education Hub Ghana, aimed at empowering, strengthening, mentoring and educating the youth on how to make use of opportunities around them.
“Education Hub Ghana which was first known as The PathFinders Organisation was founded due to a dream I had about a child asking for books and stationeries for their school,” she revealed.
Abena added: “As a change leader, I am very passionate about providing and also ensuring that the youth in underprivileged institutions gets quality education and adequate infrastructures to help them attain their purpose in life.”
“As of now, in this 21st century, there are schools in our capital city that lack these infrastructures. Pupils are made to sit under trees to learn because they do not have desks to sit on; schools that have desks also have poor drainage systems so the school gets flooded whenever it rains heavily.”
The first project she undertook after establishing The PathFinders Organisation (now Education Hub Ghana) was to donate books and stationeries to the pupils of Victory Presby School in Ashaiman. She later hosted the PathFinders Summit in November 2019.
Abena continued from there and is currently undertaking an initiative dubbed “Give A Child A Bag”, which is aimed at providing 250 school bags produced by Ramaplast Ghana, from recycled waste, to school children in the Ashaiman community.
“The inspiration behind this project is the awesome work Ewurama Kena (CEO of Ramaplast Ghana) is doing by recycling these plastic wastes that are choking our gutters and flooding our homes when it rains,” she said.
“I interviewed her on my YouTube channel and realized the amazing work she’s doing and she also made mention of the fact that she’s not getting aids and funds to do more of these bags so I was thinking of my next project and I came to the realization that after donating books as most NGOs do, where do we suppose they keep them in this rainy season.”
In realising her goal of providing the bags for the school children, Abena is leading a fundraiser on social media to get the amount needed to acquire the bags.
“Ramaplast gave the bags to us at GHC40 each so 250 pieces will be GHC10,000 hence, the amount for the project,” Abena said. “So far, I have raised GHC3,000 out of GHC10,000 for the project so I need GHC7,000 more to complete 250 pieces of the bags.”
“In my own way, I am making sure that these schools get the proper attention they need and learning are made easier without any struggles.”
Aside from running Education Hub Ghana, Abena also works as a digital marketer. She manages a WhatsApp Market and Courier Service, which she started in 2017, to serve as a market platform for both sellers and buyers to transact business and also run their delivery services. She also manages social media pages for businesses and also provides digital marketing consultation services.
She attended Nungua Senior High school, took a diploma course in Database Technology at IPMC; then studied French at Alliance Française D’Accra and is currently at Curtin University, Malaysia reading Journalism and Public Relation.
You can support Abena Yeboah’s “Give A Child A Bag” initiative by providing the materials needed for the bags or send cash donations via MTN mobile money – 0593873086 (account name Theodora Abena Yeboah). You can also send Education Hub Ghana a message on Instagram (@eduhuhghana) if you can’t use the mobile money system or you are living outside Ghana and want to donate towards this cause.
“With your help, we can make this happen,” Abena said.
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