College for Ama (CofA) provides educational opportunities for adolescent girls in deprived, rural areas of Ghana to attain college education.
We are a non-government foundation, registered in 2006 under the Companies Code, 1963 (Act 179), DSD/3224.
CofA’s aims are three-fold:
We deliver this through:
We promote personal growth, self-esteem, discipline, respect for others and collective responsibility and build the capacities of young girls to achieve higher education.
We address the social, emotional, physical, spiritual and educational needs of the young girls. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion or disability. CofA creates an environment that celebrates the commonality of the human experience while respecting cultural, ethnic and political diversity. We promote youth leadership and encourage involvement in lifelong learning.
The CofA Executive Team and staff in 2016: (from left) Fafali Banini (Assistant Education Officer), Erica Burggraaff, Nana Apt*, Adzo Ashie, Jacqueline Daku Mante (Administrator, Marketing and Fundraising)** and Lydia Bedwei.
*Nana Apt, one of CofA's three Founding Mothers' passed away in March 2017 – she will be very much missed.
Lydia Bedwei, a retired business women from Ghana, is the Chief Executive of 'College for Ama' (CofA).
College for Ama (or CofA, as we call it) started in 2006 helping girls to continue their education at secondary level. This was done through its annual summer camps, a mentoring program and financial assistance.
COVID-19 meant that we had to stop our program. CofA is using this pause to reflect on past achievements and ways to improve its program when it can safely relaunch its activities.
Here is what we achieved at our 10th aniversary in 2016.