We are pleased to announce that National Africa Foundation has secured membership into the global World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO). Below is a portion of the letter sent by the Secretary General
October 30, 2013
Mr. Prince Obiri-Mainoo, Executive Director
National Africa Foundation
1 Hollis Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Dear Mr. Obiri-Mainoo:
On behalf of World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO), we are delighted to welcome National Africa Foundation to our family of NGOs as a Regular Organization Member. We wish to especially take this time to thank you very much for your generous donations to WANGO's Scholarship and Founders Funds. Your new membership and your support are both deeply valued.
We invite proprietors and owners of K-12 schools in Ghana and other countries in sub-Sahara Africa to partner with us for used/new library books, textbooks, used furniture (chairs, tables, etc), projectors, and other educational resources to improve the outlook of your school. These resources are free except for membership fee and shipping and handling charges for container-load of materials.
The executive director, Prince M. Obiri-Mainoo have launched a major book drive to collect used books and other educational resources for schools in Africa. The K-12 Educational Books Initiative (K12EBI) was birthed when he went to Ghana last May-June and got the opportunity to visit several K-12 schools. The need was everywhere.
The books that would be donated would be distributed to K-12 schools free of charge. To benefit from these educational resources, headmasters/mistresses, proprietress and owners of K-12 schools are required to apply to register their schools with NAF. Distribution would be on first come, first served basis but also on need.
Executive Director Returns from Africa
The executive director, Mr. Prince M. Obiri-Mainoo returned from Ghana at the end of June after a six-week trip to learn first hand about the unemployment situation facing the youth and existing conditions in both public and private K-12 schools in the country.
Some schools he visited included the Lincoln Community School and MotherCare, an American model school and a private K-12 school in Accra respectively. In Kumasi, he got the chance to visit several public and private schools and interacted with their principals and heads of institutions.
The executive director had a a rare opportunity to be introduced to the Asantehene, Otumfuor Nana Osei Tutu II at his Manhyia Palace during the Odwira Festival in June.
He also had the chance to meet with the leadership of a department of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly which is tasked with the responsibility of attracting investment into the city of Kumasi.
The trip to Ghana had resulted in the following:
1. Preparation to establish an online National Africa College to train high school graduates and several thousands of unemployed youth in short-term certificated programs in solar energy, health education, embedded systems, environmental
protection and management and computing technology. To this end, a $20,000 education fund has been set up at Go Fund Me.
2. A follow-up trip to meet with the Asantehene, Nana Osei Tutu II to enable NAF participate in the Otumfuor's Educational Initiative.
3. A possible collaboration with the city of Kumasi to participate in their K-8 educational program and to train personnel to support the city's efforts to
attract investors into the city.
4. Promotion of online public health education program through NAF's School of Public Health with People's Uni, a public NGO registered in the UK to provide low-cost public health programs to nurses and other health professionals in developing countries.
5. NAF has also agreed tentatively to take over the management of a private junior high school that is on the verge of a virtual collapse.
There is more to report on the trip to Ghana but feel free to send feedback whenever you are able.