Volunteer Stories: Bridging the Gap between the Privileged and Underprivileged through education

Maame Yaa Adwubi is from a family of teachers. Most of her family members including her dad have been in the teaching profession at one point in time. So she developed the passion for teaching at a rather young age. So when her turn came to become a teacher, Maame Yaa Adwubi didn’t hesitate. She joined the Lead for Ghana teaching fellowship in order to help others. She is currently a Mathematics teacher at Fuo AME Zion Basic School and teaches students in Form one to Form three.

During these corona times, Maame Yaa misses physical contact with her students she’s not given up on teaching them. She still engages them using phone calls. And for those who live short distances away from her, she visits them to tutor them on individual basis.

 Maame Yaa’s teaching journey has been adventurous, thrilling, leadership building and full of self discovery. It has also polished her planning and teambuilding skills. One of the things she was taught about being an educator is assisting in her community. Currently, she has joined a group that shares information and ideas on COVID-19 to improve her knowledge. Maame Yaa and a team have also taken it upon themselves to educate their community on precautions to take in order to avoid the virus. She’s hopeful of acquiring Public Address systems and partnering with health workers so she can extend the education to those who live communities far away. 

As a teacher, Maame Yaa believes that education can bridge the gap between the privileged and the underprivileged. And so she’s determined to give her students the best tuition possible. In the next 5 years she hopes to complete her PhD, become a lecturer and run an organisation to assist children especially girls.

 Despite the challenges Maame Yaa faces, such as the language barrier and the flooding when it rains, she is constantly motivated by her mum, LFG alumni, her colleagues and especially the headmaster of  Fuo AME Zion who lives far but never misses a school day as well as the kind nature of the community people. 

During these trying times Maame Adwubi continues to learn; reading her books, reflecting on life and connecting with others. 

Article by Kofi Konadu Berko

Kofi Konadu Berko is passionate about education and youth development. He holds a B.A in Adult Education and Human Resource Studies from the University Of Ghana. His works have been published in the historic Afro young Adult anthology titled Water birds On the Lakeshore, Adabraka: Stories from the Center of the World, How To Write My Country’s name, Tampered Press and the Kalahari Review. He blogs at obolokofi.wordpress.com

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