Learning Link (Ghana)
Learning Link Ghana is a UK-based registered charity.
Its mission is to support the advancement of education of children in Kumasi, Ghana, and in particular the City of Kumasi Preparatory School, by providing or assisting in the provision of facilities, which would not be otherwise available. It arranges sponsorship for children who, because of poverty, would miss the opportunity to receive basic education, especially girls and children with special educational needs. In addition, it aims to promote friendship and exchange programmes between children in Ghana and the UK.
Learning Link Ghana was founded in 1999 by Frank Nkansa-Dwamena.
Frank's father, Nana Nkansa-Dwamena, founded the City of Kumasi School, in Kumasi, Ghana, in 1966 and remained as Principal until his death in 1998, at which time Frank returned to Ghana to become the Managing Director of the school.
Frank is a former Head of Special Education at the London Borough of Brent. On his retirement, Frank recognised the potential for using the experience of educationists in the UK to benefit children in Ghana. He invited a number of his ex-colleagues to join him, and the charity was registered in 2000.
The charity celebrated its ten-year anniversary on 5 March 2009.
The charity was chaired by Jenni Smith, a former teacher and educational psychologist, until February 2009 when Tom Bortey was elected to this role. At this time, Alfred Nkansa replaced Joseph Amoyaw as Treasurer, and Victoria Chapman replaced Mary Henderson as Secretary.
A full list of all current trustees and financial information about the charity can be found on the Charity Commission's website. The charity's registration number is 1081329.
Partner schools in the UK
Learning Link Ghana creates partnerships between the City of Kumasi school and schools in the UK, which hold their own sponsorship events to raise funds for children in Ghana. Current partner schools include Ravenscroft Technology College and Monken Hadley School in Barnet, and FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh, Essex.
- Over 20 children have received sponsorship from Learning Link Ghana.
- The charity has contributed a domestic science block, nursery, library, and ICT suite to the school.
- Learning Link Ghana recently ventured in the world of online promotional activity, and now has a website and a profile on social networking site, Facebook and Twitter.
Current and future activity
Current and future projects include:
- continuing to sponsor the education of eligible children;
- fundraising for a school bus;
- kitting out a science lab in partnership with FitzWimarc School;
- exploring online activities; and
- developing new links with UK schools.