Camfed Teacher Mentor Wins Ghana National Best Teacher Award

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Teacher Mentor Yahaya Mumuni (right), awarded 2014 National Best Teacher in Ghana, shown here with the first and second runner-ups

Yahaya Mumuni, a Camfed-trained Teacher Mentor working in Kanton Senior High School in rural Ghana, has won the coveted National Best Teacher Award for 2014, presented by Ghana’s Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur at Cape Coast.

Thirty-six year old Yahaya Mumuni works in the Sissala East District of the Upper West region of Ghana in a Camfed partner school. He received his prize, which was awarded on the basis of competence, personality and contribution to the community, at Ghana’s twentieth national best teacher awards on October 5, 2014.

Commended for Concentrating on Extracurricular Activities and Counselling

In addition to honouring his competencies as a teacher, Ghana’s government commended Yahaya for leading extracurricular activities, and providing counselling to vulnerable students. Yahaya shared his joy on winning the award at Camfed Ghana’s National AGM: “I won this award on the back of the platform Camfed gave me, and on the exposure and experiences I gained working with Camfed staff”, said Yahaya. “Dedicated and hardworking staff including Sally, Linda and Sayuti have, through their work, been instrumental in getting me this far – I am forever grateful to them.

Dolores Dickson, Executive Director of Camfed Ghana, was thrilled at the news. “I’m sure that all of Camfed’s staff, and all of our donor partners and supporters, join me in congratulating Yahaya. This prize is a true testament to his hard work, and to the immense value of Camfed’s Teacher Mentor Programme.”

Keeping Vulnerable Girls in School

Camfed is a non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. As part of its innovative programmes, delivered in partnership with Ministries of Education in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, Camfed trains a Teacher Mentor in each partner school, who ensures that the vulnerable girls funded through Camfed bursaries receive all the support they require to stay in school, including emotional support and mentoring.

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