Abdul Bundu Kamara
All his life, Abdul Bundu Kamara had wanted to be a teacher. This September, with the help of United Methodist Women, his dream will finally come true.
Five years ago, Kamara received a scholarship grant from United Methodist Women from an endowment for young men and boys, which helped him complete his education to become a teacher. After finishing his studies, Kamara started an internship and began looking for work. But finding work as a teacher in Ghana turned out to be very difficult.
Then Kamara heard about the organization Teach for Ghana, which trains exceptional university graduates to become teachers, with the aim to support underserved schools in rural areas of Ghana. The goal of this worldwide initiative is to grant equal opportunity and quality education to all students. Teach for Ghana is the first such initiative in Africa, building on the initiative’s success in over 40 countries around the world.
The first group of trainees for Teach for Ghana was selected from 34 short-listed applicants, who were some of the top students from universities in Ghana. One of these students was Abdul Bundu Kamara.
Six Weeks Training
The summer training program lasts for six weeks and teaches trainees necessary classroom skills. This summer, the training took place at Ashesi University, one of the best universities in Ghana and a sponsor of Teach for Ghana. In addition to three weeks of classroom study, the trainees all had a three-week internship, during which they taught in the classrooms of the surrounding village schools.
Kamara completed his six weeks of study and is now looking forward to embarking on his career as a teacher. Come September, he will be teaching information and communication technology at Afiadenyigbe Junior High School, Akatsi North District, in the Volta region of Ghana.
After this life-changing experience, Kamara expressed his gratitude in a letter he wrote to United Methodist Women. “Thank you Madam Lisa, Madam Betty, and all the women at the office in New York and the Church as a whole for believing in me,” he wrote. “Even when sometimes things appeared odd on my side as a student, you treated me like your son. You made me feel secure and I am proud you believed in me. Words cannot express how grateful I am.”
We look forward to hearing more about Kamara’s endeavors and his growth as a teacher.