I am excited to share about my recent trip to Ghana. I participated in the grand opening of a school library in Konko, Ghana as part of a Literacy Empowerment Action Project (LEAP) supporting literacy and education.
Leaders are learners. LEAP provided me with the opportunity to support the growth and development of the next generation of leaders. We planted seeds of social change during our visit by supporting literacy and leadership development. I look forward to returning in 2018 and seeing these seeds blossom in the lives of young scholars in Ghana.
The opening of the Konko School library celebrated the accomplishments of the educators and community leaders. I also attended the 2017 Kwame Alexander Award for Ghanaian Young Adult Literature honors ceremony. During my stay, I learned about the rich cultural history of Ghana and visited the slave castle in Cape Coast.
Creator of the Page to Stage Writing and Publishing Program, Kwame Alexander is an award-winning poet and the author of more than 30 books. He is a teacher, speaker and visionary who is dedicated to instilling a love of books in children. Alexander is also the recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children.
Alexander was among a group of writers invited to visit the Konko School in 2012 and discovered that students only had one book for 200 pupils. Upon returning to the U.S., he founded LEAP with fellow author, Tracy Chiles McGhee. Through the efforts of LEAP, the Konko School opened with a fully stocked library.
During my next visit in 2018 to Ghana, I look forward to donating copies of my new book, “Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire.” The book features themes of cultural diversity, inclusion, literacy and leadership development with real life examples of ordinary people who have made a difference in the world.
Dedication of the school library in Konko, Ghana is in alignment with my goals and personal calling. It is about promoting social change and justice, literacy and education, particularly for girls and women. LEAP’s efforts are a source of inspiration with a global impact that supports the sentiments of Nelson Mandala – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”