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SANGU DELLE ELECTED DIRECTOR OF PRESTIGIOUS HARVARD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Future of Ghana 2017 Judge and Alumni Sangu Delle was last week elected Director of the influential Harvard University Alumi Association to serve a three year tern. A true trailblzaer Sangu initially had received a full scholarship to study at Harvard in 2005. Since then he has gone on to establish the Investment holding Advisory company, Golden Palm Investments and co-found the NGO Cleanacwa to improve Water and Sanitation in Ghana as well as being an author and TED Global fellow. It was the achievements amongst others which led to his selection as a Future of Ghana 2016 pioneer.

Upon his election as Director Sangu released the following statement via social media

When I was 5 years old, I discovered “Harvard University” from a booklet that was sent to my father from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I asked him what a university was and he replied “where you go to get smart.” I asked “whats Harvard?” and my father said, with his eyebrows raised, “Ohhh, that’s where you go to get REALLY smart.”

In my naivety, I wrote a letter to Harvard’s President at the time, Neil Rudenstein, saying “Dear Headmaster of Harvard, my father says this is where you go to get really smart. I’m smart but I want to get really smart, so when can I start?” To my greatest surprise, he wrote back and sent me materials on Harvard, but gently explained they don’t accept 5 year olds .

I continued to correspond with Harvard via letters from Ghana through President Larry Summers. Harvard was never about its rankings or reputation. For me it was that place where I would “get really smart.” It held a special place in my heart and was my lifelong dream.

Some people discouraged me. I’ll never forget when a European ambassador to Ghana said “my own daughter won’t even dream of Harvard…. it’s young and foolish for an African boy to dream of going to Harvard” and offered to help me get into schools in Europe, instead. I cried that day.

Fast forward to December 15, 2005, I get an email at 6:11 pm EST from Dean Fitzsimmons telling me that the young and foolish African boy was accepted into Harvard College with a full scholarship. Harvard was the greatest experience of my life. I love the school and I’m grateful for all she has done for me.

Today, I am so honoured to have been elected a Director of Harvard University’s HAA!!!

Thank YOU to ALL of you who voted for me for your trust and support. I will work my hardest to serve you and to ensure that Harvard becomes a more inclusive community.

Here’s to being a young and foolish African boy whose God never fails!!

Congratulations to Sangu for this fabulous achievement.

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)

Stormzy makes £9,000 donation so British born Ghanaian Fiona Asiedu can do Masters at Harvard…

Stormzy made a £9,000 donation to a British born Ghanaian student’s crowdfunding campaign so she can study a Masters in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, starting August 2017!

Fiona Asiedu, who is currently preparing for her finals at Oxford university, was aiming to raise £12,000 to cover the cost of tuition and other expenses.

On the Crowdfunder page she wrote that she was “particularly interested in psychological development of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically ethnic minorities and those from working class backgrounds“.

She added: “Studying Human Development and Psychology will equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate effective interventions, particularly targeted at young people, to uphold healthy psychological development within this community.”

The total cost of her nine months at Harvard totalled £59,000, but Asiedu received an external scholarship and financial aid from the department she will study in, which left her to set up the campaign to raise the remaining £12,000 in four weeks.

But it took her less than 24 hours to meet her target, after Stormzy retweeted an appeal to him to share the campaign before adding a donation himself.

Representatives for the grime MC confirmed to Newsbeat that the donation -which was initially made under his real name, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo – was from Stormzy. His name has since been changed to be anonymous.

A supporter tweeted to Stormzy offering to take him to Nando’s for a “thank you chicken”, to which he replied: “Deal!”

 

Asiedu was vice-president of Oxford Universty’s African and Carribean Society last year, which Stormzy visited in March 2016.

In a tweet stating that she had met her target, Asiedu cited one of Stormzy’s lyrics (“Blinded by your grace”) and shared a screenshot of the £12,000 marker.

As the fundraising deadline finishes in June, Fiona is continuing her campaign to raise funds as surplus funds be used to fund other young people from similar background’s pursuit in Education as Fiona is now setting up a Foundation

Click Here to visit Fiona’s crowdfunding page to learn more and make a donation towards the Foundation

 

 

Jason Sarfo-Annin, receives a Prestigious Fulbright Award to the US

2015 Future of Ghana Pioneer and Junior doctor, Jason Sarfo-Annin, has received a the Fulbright – Nursten Postgraduate Award to enable him to study at Harvard University on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.

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As a participant, Jason has been selected to undertake a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Pubic Health. He plans to better understand how health policy and organisational structure affects the quality and delivery of care to patients in universal healthcare systems, such as the NHS.

Commenting on receiving the award, Jason said: I was surprised and incredibly honoured to be the first ever recipient of the Fulbright – Nursten Award. I’m really looking forward to my time in Boston as a Fulbright Scholar due to the exceptional wealth of healthcare, management and policy knowledge at Harvard, and the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of US culture. I hope that I can use the knowledge I gained to make meaningful contributions in healthcare that benefit patients.

Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the US and beyond. Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships.”

Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added: “It’s very rewarding seeing a group of talented, inspirational and very deserving individuals, embark on a life changing trip to the US. This year’s cohort are no exception, and have been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence, and a genuine desire to delve into US culture, collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer programme participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK. The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process.

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In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning. Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and a contribution towards tuition fees where applicable. In addition, Fulbright scholars receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join our alumni networks.

Scholar Bio: Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin, born and raised in East London, undertook his medical training at the University of Oxford. Jason’s focus is on improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes, drawing on the wealth of experience he has gained from his time working for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and the Ministry of Health of Ghana. He has also sought to widen his understanding of healthcare systems by undertaking medical placements in South Africa, Australia and Trinidad. His role in empowering fellow clinicians has lead to him being highlighted as an Emerging Leader within healthcare and the recipient of the Teale Prize from the Royal College of Physicians. More recently Jason has been listed as one of the top 30 future pioneers of Ghana. Outside work, Jason seeks to engage young people and further their educational experiences, having worked as a school governor of a primary school and as a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation. During his Fulbright year Jason will pursue a Master of Public Health degree, focused on Health Policy and Management, at Harvard University. He hopes to better understand how universal healthcare, free at the point of need, can be better organised to become sustainable in both high and low resource countries.

The Future of Ghana team would like to congratulate Jason on  this great achievement and wish him further success at Harvard

Full details regarding the awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and awards categories, can be found on their website. For information about past scholars please visit the Meet Our Fulbrighters section of the website.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Programme. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author and Commissioner Toby Young and the economist and noble prize winner Milton Friedman.

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)