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This World Teachers’ Day (October 5th) we are celebrating educators across rural Africa, who are creating a nurturing and supportive environment for their students’ growth.

Having once faced the same challenges that vulnerable girls experience, our women leaders in the CAMFED Association are uniquely positioned to partner with communities and with each other to dismantle them. Leaders like Portia – a teacher and entrepreneur, who’s committed to lifting other girls and young women as she rises. 

Beyond being their teacher, my students see me as their mentor and big sister, creating a nurturing and supportive environment for their growth.

Portia Dumba, teacher and shea entrepreneur, Ghana

 

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My message for World Teachers' Day

Greetings from Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district in northern Ghana, where I am the teacher at my local primary school.

Despite the challenges—including no electricity or internet coverage—I am so happy to be living out my purpose in the job I do. Students who previously struggled to attend school due to poverty have started coming regularly. I help them by supplying educational materials, required uniforms, and footwear using my own funds – ensuring these children have the necessary tools to learn, thrive, and remain in school.

My motivation to support vulnerable children comes from the daunting challenges I once faced, before CAMFED stepped in. And from knowing that as a graduate in the CAMFED Association, I have many thousands of sisters who are also dedicated to social change.

 

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