July 25, 2014 at 9:48am - The First Lady of Equatorial Guinea, Mrs Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, is sponsoring eight children from her country, to acquire basic education in Ghana, as a personal initiative to deepen the ties between her country and Ghana.
Through the Committee for support of the Equatoguinea Child (CANIGE) and her personal initiative, she partnered Voice of Africa Mothers (VAM), Ghana to provide resources to cover lodging, feeding and tuition of the Equatorial Guinean children aged between 11 and 13 years.
Four boys; Teodoro Obianj Nfumu, 13, Angel Nguema Asini, 11, Teodoro Nguema Nfumu, 13, Augustin Bayeme Angue, 11, and four young girls, namely; Naria Fatima Obono Nguema, 12, Fomasa Mofuman Nguema, 12, Constancia Mangue Nfumu, 13, Prisca Nchama Mba, 11, who arrived in the country on Sunday, have been enrolled at John William Montessori School, at Tanoso in the Ashanti Region.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mrs. Nana Fosu Randall, founder, VAM, and co-founder of John William Montessori School, said the children would have a one-month intensive foundation course in basic computing and English language usage.
Mrs. Randall said it is a pilot project that aims at giving the African child quality education, to shore up quality human resource for sustainable growth and development of the African continent.
She said after the one month period of intensive studies, they will be able to assess the children, and place each of them in an appropriate class to start a full basic education programme.
According to her, all the necessary provisions have been put in place to ensure that the target set for the initiative is achieved, adding that the project will be expanded to take on more children after a successful completion.
“The programme will expose the children to other cultures in the world, and also enable them get access to international platforms to enable them fit into the global system,” she said.
The children were accompanied by Ndong Mba Ernesto Valentin, Director-General, Cabinete De La Primera Dama, and Federico Obama Isono, Special Aide to the First Lady, and were welcomed by Equatorial Guinean representatives in the country.
CANIGE is an important institution in Equatorial Guinea’s efforts to promote child and social development through education.
March 24, 2014: Mrs. Randall was presented with a Special Recognition by the Westchester County Board of Legislators and The United Nations Association of Westchester for Women's History Month.
She was honored for her promotion of peace for the women and children of Africa. This Special Recognition was visibly highlighted by the Declaration of March 28, 2014 as "Nana-Fosu Randall Day" in Westchester County, NY.
March 17, 2014: VAM facilitated a Parallel Event entitled, "Advancing Women's Equality: Possible Strategies and Steps to Promote and Realize Gender Equity."
Guest Speaker: Hon. Delores Scott Brathwaite, Sitting Judge Greenburgh Town Court, White Plains, NY
Panelists: Janelle Boyd, VAM Youth Ambassador; Justin Lynch, VAM Youth Ambassador; Jennifer Yeung, President, UN Education, Science, Cultural & Health Advancement Foundation
March 11, 2014: Mrs. Randall was a speaker at the Parallel Event: "Accomplishments of NGOs and First Ladies of Africa Towards Advancement and Achievement of the MDGs"
VAM Board Member, Janet Edna Nyame, represented VAM at the International Women's Day conference in Takoradi, Ghana, where they discussed the international theme of "Inspiring Change".
President Nana-Fosu Randall spoke with students at two Westchester County, NY schools. She shared the mission and programs of VAM and the benefits of joining the VAM Youth Ambassador Program.
This activity was a collaboration with the Links, Inc. organization (www.linksinc.org). The schools visited were Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, NY on 2/26/14 and Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon, NY on 2/27/14. We had great discussions about VAM and Africa, and they expressed a deep interest in international and UN affairs.
VAM Board Member, Janet Edna Nyame, represented VAM at the Ghana television station SKYY-TV to discuss "Violence Against Women".
VAM Board Member, Janet Edna Nyame, represented VAM at the Violence Against Women Forum in Takoradi, Ghana.
VAM President and Board Members where invited to Equatorial Guinea on a Fact Finding mission. Our team was invited by the 1st Lady, H.E. Constancia Mangue De Obiang, to visit programs that have been provided to help the people.
Mrs. Randall represented VAM at the 11th Annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration held in Los Angeles, CA. This event was hosted by one of our collaborating organizations, Reed For Hope Foundation (www.ReedForHope.org).
The Board of Directors of Voices of African Mothers along with the Reed for Hope Foundation and Bethesda Counsel extended an invitation to celebrate our First Annual presentation of the: "Millennium Development Goals: 2013 Women's Progress Award"
This award acknowledges the unwavering leadership, accomplishments, contributions and commitment of the courageous First Ladies of Africa and other women in senior leadership positions. Thanks to their efforts, the 2012 Millennium Development Goals' annual assessment noted that three (3) goals have been met ahead of the 2015 target date. This important event provided three (3) days of networking and socializing with international dignitaries and delegates. A brief summary of events:
We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed being an essential part of this historic evening as a sponsor or a guest!
Mrs. Randall represented VAM at the US Doctors for Africa's 2nd Annual Summit. A coalition of African First Ladies in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the African Union Commission to the United States, was held in Los Angeles, CA with American business leaders and foreign assistance agencies to improve health care for women and children in Africa. (www.usdfa.org)
VAM Board Member, Janet Edna Nyame, represented VAM at the International Women's Day conference in Takoradi, Ghana. The international theme was “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”.