CofA's 10th summer camp

October 2017

On 31 July the opening ceremony of the 10th CofA summer camp took place at the Volta Hall, University of Ghana.

Forty excited girls from bacic schools in Berekuso and Pokuase spent two weeks taking part in the activities, learning and experiencing life at a university campus. Our video shares som of their impressions. You can read the full story here.

Somewhat nervous, but keen to start the 2017 CofA summer camp, the girls arrive at the Volta Hall.


CofA's aims and objectives

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:

  1. through creative and social awareness subjects we work with female adolescents to help them attain a college education. CofA believes that access to information and education empowers the individual to make better life choices and become more independent with a higher quality of life
  2. we develop the curricula and implement teacher training and organise adult literacy classes so that the whole community benefits
  3. we are a learning organisation: through continuous evaluation and sharing the knowledge gained about adolescent girls, CofA contributes to the national youth policy and encourages institutional and social change.

We deliver this through:

  • free annual summer training camps: between 40 and 60 girls from 12 to 16 years of age receive extra tuition in core subjects over a two-week period, to prepare them for entrance exam for Senior High School. They also take part in creative and social awareness.
  • ongoing monitoring and support of current and past participants of CofA training camps
  • teacher training workshops in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • adult literacy classes for mothers which improves their economic power and, in turn, helps them pay for their children’s education.

Our values

Arrival Volta Hall 2012We 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.

Our Executive Team and Office Staff

The CofA Executive Team and staff: (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 passed away in March 2017 – she will be very much missed.
** Jacqueline Daku Mante left CofA in August 2017

Executive Team

Adzo Ashie - Regional Manager Africa at International Baccalaureate Organization, Ghana

Lydia Bedwei, retired business woman, Ghana

Erica Burggraaf, International projects in Higher Education, Ghana, Bangladesh, Netherlands

Office Staff

Fafala Banini– Assistant Education Officer

Our Board

Daniel Amponsah - Head of Academics, Unique Child International School

Daniel Amponsah has been a volunteer Maths and Science teacher at CofA's summer camps since 2013. Daniel holds a BSc Science Agriculture from UCC and teaching certificates in Science and Mathematics as well as a certificate in School Management.

Joycelyn Azeez – Head of procurement at the Ministry of Health

As a pharmacist and mother, Joycelyn Azeez believes that education is the best tool to achieve a healthy outcome. "Through encouraging and assisting young, needy girls we can bring out their numerous hidden talents. That's why I offer my support to organisations that share my passion," says Joycelyn.

Betty Enyonam Kumahor – Managing Partner, Cobalt Partnership

Betty Enyonam describes herself as an entrepreneur in the field of technology and says it is an exciting time to be working on the African continent. Before Cobalt Partnership, Betty was a Global Advisory Technology Leader and a West Africa IT Advisory Leader, both in Ernst & Young and as a Managing Director for Thoughtworks in Africa.

“Being a woman is a chance to break a glass ceiling. Being unmotivated is a chance to refuel and do great things. Being at the bottom means you can only go one way – to the top. Every step of our journey plays a role in the next step.”

Professor C. Charles Mate-Kole (Elected Vice Chairman of the Board)

Charles Mate-Kole is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana. He is also a Consulting Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Ghana Medical School, Korle-Bu.

Carla MulamboSenior Associate and Manager at LADA Institute, Ghana

Carla Mulambo holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies. Before her current position, previous roles included Assistant Operations Manager at UNDP Mozambique and various UNESCO projects in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Carla lists children’s education, poverty alleviation, civil and human rights, and social action as causes she cares about.

Andrea Opoku-Dwamenah – Corporate Responsibility Communications and Programme Coordinator at PwC (Ghana) (Elected Chairman of the Board)

Andrea Opoku-Dwamenah’s background is in marketing and business development in financial and professional services, both in the UK and Ghana. She is part of PwC Africa’s Emerging Leaders Programme – a two-year leadership development programme for high performing potential managers – and was involved in the launch of PwC’s first Business School in West Africa.

Kwami WilliamsPrivate Legal Practitioner.

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See us work and play at the annual Summer Camp

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