Your Name: Freda Nyame
What do you do?: I am a Chief Executive Officer
What's the name of your organization: Inspiring Youth Achievement Ghana (INSPYA Ghana)
How did you start your company/organization?: Throughout Senior High School, my Dad had my siblings and I visit our village during our holidays which was an unbearable experience for me at the time or so I thought. Whilst my friends were travelling abroad to experience new cultures and to have fun, I had to go to the village. He always told us the experiences would help us in the future but I didn't understand his reasons. Little did I know that it was building me up to experience what these individuals felt and went through everyday with the limited resources they had. I had the opportunity to teach in my village and surrounding villages and the experience was overwhelming. I realized that I was very privileged to live in the city, have access to quality education and a family that could support me.
During my Third Year in the University, I met a 14 year old who had dropped out of school and after further interaction, I learnt her guardian had passed away and her mum who had no job could not support her education. In that same year, I was given the opportunity by the then-President of AIESEC in University of Ghana, Legon - who is currently the President of AIESEC Ghana, Ms. Sandra Agyekum-Awuku, to start a new project. The 14 year old Girl I met, Vida Ahiadzo was my inspiration for starting INSPYA GHANA.
Tell us a bit more about your company/organization: Inspiring Youth Achievement Ghana is a Non-Governmental Organisation which seeks to encourage,support and inspire young people to achieve their goals and ambitions in life.
Our Vision is to be a top notch youth-oriented foundation in Africa to bridge the educational gap between the youth from well-served communities and those from under-served communities. Our mission is to help the youth discover their potential, inspire and support them, their ideas and develop leaders. The objective of the organization is to provide volunteers to mentor the youth, to provide both volunteers and community members with a positive learning experience, to provide communities with educational materials and infrastructure to ignite the passion and interest of the youth towards education, to develop the employability skills of the youth and, most importantly, to educate, inspire, encourage and motivate these young individuals.
We support school dropouts in going back to school and we are currently running our country-wide tour dubbed The INSPYA Train which seeks to promote Goal 4 of the UN’s SDGs which is quality education, where students in under-served communities are mentored and supported with educational materials and infrastructure (A long term Goal - a Youth Centre which serves as a Library and Training Centre), and school dropouts and parents are taught skills in liquid soap production, candle making and tie and dye production.
How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: If I had only focused on my books and not ventured to go out of my comfort zone, I wouldn't have been where I am today. The opportunity my Dad gave me was the best thing that happened to me because it made me realize that not everyone has access to the kind of education I had and a lot of people will continue to suffer if we (the youth) continue to sit and wait for someone else to help us after all "We are the Change We want to See".
Is there anything else you are working on at this time?: No, I am curently focused on building my organisation in terms of creating more partnerships and networks both locally and internationally to help the youth and communities in Ghana
What are the top qualities you would require in someone who wants to work with/for you?: Passion, Patience and Team Building Skills
What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring changemakers/entrepreneurs?: Nothing in life is easy, and regardless of where you are in life, YOU can make a change in someone else's life. You don't have to be rich to make an impact. You just have to believe in yourself and in your dream. Problems will always arise but you don't have to let it break you. Just set your eyes on your main goal or target and reach for your dreams.
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