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A Trailblazer In The Field Of Montessori Education In Ghana: Celebrating A Celebrity Montessorian At 37 Years

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In recent years, the Montessori education system has gained tremendous popularity for its child-centred approach to learning.

The method has been embraced by parents and educators alike, who recognize the benefits of this Philosophy, Methodology and approach that prioritises hands-on exploration, individualised instruction, and respect for each child’s unique developmental path.

While many Montessorians have made significant contributions to the field, one woman in particular stands out as a true trailblazer.
Her innovative approach to Montessori adult education has earned her recognition not just in her local community, but around the world.

In this article, we will explore the life and work of this remarkable woman, and examine how her ideas of adult preparation and facilitation have transformed the way we think about early childhood education.
Her forte has earned her recognition as the “Yaa Asantewaa” in the field of Montessori education in Ghana. From humble beginnings to global celebrity, her story is a testament to the power of perseverance, passion, and a commitment to making the world a better place for children and child-centred educators alike.

Navigating An Obscured Niche:

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Soraya’s journey began a year after the birth of her first child 17 years ago. In such a situation, one would expect her to slow down, embrace motherhood and leave her dreams to die. But fate spinned her epic current where intended.

From a nursery teaching background as a specialized teacher supporting reading development through phonics, an opportune job interview in 2006 at a leading Montessori school in Ghana (Gingerbread House) spiked her curiosity to embark on her discovery of true authentic Montessori education of young children leading her to embark on her long lived journey of bringing Montessori in it’s full authenticity and specific traditions in practice to her country Ghana, which was completely obscured from the education terrain.

Soraya later discovered to her amazement that so many nurseries were called Montessori by name and yet they had no inclination of what it truly is, were cluttered with so much miscommunication and misconception from mostly mainstream nurseries misrepresenting as Montessori.

So why were they calling themselves Montessori? She later learned through professional engagements within the sector, that they genuinely thought Montessori to be another name (perhaps a boujee name) for a nursery. An honest misconception! This misconception was also fueled by miseducation or a total lack of education about Montessori, it’s application and it’s practice within the early years workforce that seemed associated or attracted to it’s name. And most importantly, parents were lacking depth of information that would soundly educate them and empower them both in making choices for their children and in the practice of parenting.

This perception is what changed her direction, the catalyst for the events leading up to today. Soraya realized that there was a gap in the education system that needed to be addressed and she set out to find a solution. For over a decade in the early childhood development and education space, her quest has been to bring Montessori as authentic and true and in-depth as Montessori herself would deem fit, to the early years workforce. She aimed to nurture the growth of Montessori along benchmark qualities of International Standards, Quality Culture, and Integrity.
“I was determined to share my knowledge with my people, and so I endeavoured to train and develop learning of practitioners” said Soraya.

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Rome was not built in a day. Neither is the success we have all been dreaming of. On the spectrum of success, effort consistently meets resistance, Soraya was faced with challenges such as financing the purchase of Montessori Materials, finding a venue for training, the lack of nurseries in the country to observe and to undertake Montessori teaching practice etc. Her financial constraints at that time couldn’t afford her the initial capital of setting up a nursery either.

Trailblazer in Montessori Education in Ghana:

Sacrificing to come this far to quit wasn’t part of her mantras. In 2010 she set out to launch her first training program in a nursery school she had previously managed with only four (4) people registering for the course. Determined to make a difference, she commuted with her Montessori Apparatus to every training program. This is how the beautiful beginning of Montessori Centre Ghana (MCG) was born. The first high quality live environment training centre to delve in depth into the Montessori philosophy & curriculum instruction, and classroom methodology, then add modules in child development, safeguarding, professional development, as well as offering full scope live demonstration workshops in Ghana.

With a quality over quantity standard, which will not be compromised, MCG has trained over four hundred and fifty (450) students and counting. MCG is a household name in Ghana, renowned for its unmatched world class and pedigree study program based on international standards of true, authentic Montessori and completely unadulterated training culture.

Soraya has consulted, coached, mentored, trained & guided many (both in Ghana, in Africa, and beyond it’s far reaches through the UAE to Asia) to achieve and attain Montessori education and parenting. She has also inspired and upskilled many to start Montessori nurseries, and many have started teaching careers in Montessori. She is still on the insatiable quest to make Montessori relevant: nationally, prominent in the industry, and to be appreciated by those who can find value in the learning method.

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Today, MCG has evolved and transitioned into a virtual campus, presented as MCGOnline that offers blended and connected learning courses online in Montessori Early Childhood, Montessori School Management, Leadership & Administration, for Montessori career aspirants through an intuitive, tech utilised, virtual portal for web based learning or on their app, across West Africa and the rest of Africa.

With over a decade of training experience from MCG contact courses, the MCGOnline training team is not only driven, but are seasoned with knowledge training delivery wisdom, and motivated by values that bring full authenticity of Montessori philosophy and methodology for an inspiring guided course of pedagogical study for life.
Their courses are delivered through a learner intuitive virtual environment with carefully prepared content that is high quality compiled, of global standards, underpins the sound ethos of Montessori best practices in originality and approach, and sits within a framework of modern early years goals framework. The future is looking bright for Soraya and her team.

The effort of MCG’s founder pioneering authentic Montessori practice in Ghana has not gone unrecognized by the global Montessori community. Certainly starting to see bright glimmers for the future, fate rewards the diligent worker as she was nominated and conferred the honorary award by the global Montessori community as the first Ghanaian woman to propagate Montessori practice in its full authenticity so wide and far on the continent as the emerging 2022 International Winner of the prestigious Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Montessori in Practice (awarded in London).

Soraya is a total Montessori Boss as she delivers her expertise so effortlessly with ease, confidence and seasoned experience. She built her training development college & consulting/coaching business centred around client/student experience combining a background in Montessori Early Childhood / developmental psychology and international business studies and administration while leveraging her professional experience in Client relations.

Soraya is a sensational trainer/speaker with a flair and talent for applying theory to practice. In her birth Month of February, she’s in the spotlight as she celebrates 37 years milestone as Africa’s celebrity Montessorian & Education Consultant and Parent Coach with the prestigious international recognition award.

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In conclusion, Soraya’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance, tenacity and hard work. Her passion for teaching and commitment to the principles of Montessori have led to her receiving global recognition as a celebrity Montessorian. Her success serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of following one’s dreams. Her contributions to the field of Montessori education in Ghana have made a significant impact on countless lives, and her dedication to the craft is truly admirable. This recognition is well-deserved, and we can only hope that her success inspires future generations of Montessorians to pursue their passions and make a positive impact on the world at large.

Website: https://www.sorayacofie.com

Written by:
Barbara Kportufe

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Telecel Ghana CEO Calls for Multilateral Collaboration and Investment in Digital Public Infrastructure

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Chief Executive of Telecel Ghana Ing. Patricia Obo Nai

Chief Executive of Telecel Ghana, Ing. Patricia Obo-Nai has made a clarion call for stronger multilateral partnerships and cooperation between industry, government, and investors to accelerate the growth of digital public infrastructure in Africa. 

Delivering the keynote remarks on ‘Digital Infrastructure and Innovation: Accelerating Africa’s Development’ at the Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D) session of the 3i Africa Summit on Wednesday, Ing. Obo-Nai outlined a roadmap for leveraging technology to fast-track digital infrastructure, innovation and literacy across the continent.

My first call on the topic is for cooperation and partnership between governments, industry, domestic direct investors and foreign direct investors to work together on increasing digital public infrastructure if we are serious about it. Let’s not just discuss, let’s implement” Obo-Nai said.

Ing. Obo-Nai highlighted three key areas that require attention to expedite the integration of technology into public service to benefit every community – infrastructure, innovation, and digital literacy.

Hosted by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications under the auspices of the 3i Africa Summit, the MT4D sessions also hosted multiple panel discussions with experts from the field of technology, innovation and public information, who shared insights and solutions on expanding digital public infrastructure for inclusive development.

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Future-proof infrastructure

Citing a report on the state of mobile internet connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa that showed that15% of people on the continent remain without network coverage, and 59% have coverage but are not connected, Ing. Obo-Nai advocated for expansion of safe, resilient and high-quality communication.

 As a service provider, Telecel, we believe in investing in network infrastructure and will continue to do so. However, we also believe in participating in infrastructure sharing and co-investment programmes to close the gap,” she said. “This will ensure the much-needed progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9 to provide universal and affordable access to the internet across Africa.

Innovation powers progress

Quoting the e-Conomy Africa report which revealed that Africa’s digital economy is one of the largest overlooked investment opportunities with a potential to add US$180 billion to Africa’s GDP by 2025, Ing. Obo-Nai urged stakeholders to invest in Africa’s innovative capacity and prioritise invention in schools and industry. 

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Innovation is the fuel that powers progress and drives change. We must be more deliberate and invest in tapping into the innovative capacity of our talents and prioritise innovation in schools and industry to drive development at scale.”

Ripple effect of digital literacy

Making the case for the scaling up and adoption of digital literacy programmes in schools to equip African youth with skills for the digital economy, Ing. Obo-Nai said, “If we have the infrastructure and sort out all the innovative solutions, will we have an African population ready to take advantage of it and accelerate our development?”

With Africa’s working-age population projected to increase to approximately 450 million individuals from by 2035, Ing. Obo-Nai believes expanding internet accessibility holds the potential to generate millions of job opportunities and upskill young people for tech opportunities in the digital landscape.

Governments and businesses must invest in digital literacy programmes to equip African youth with the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy, from coding to digital marketing to cybersecurity and data analytics. Instil digital technology knowledge in our young people right from primary school and build their exposure.”

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Crack the code.

In concluding the keynote address, Ing. Obo-Nai advised stakeholders to go beyond the dialogues and implement the shared solutions to ensure the acceleration of Africa’s development through digital public infrastructure.

“Together, we must crack the code to realise the full potential of Africa’s digital revolution and development.”

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Why Are People Raving About Pizzaman’s Food? Watch The Bite Buzz to See!

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Hey food enthusiasts! We’ve got some exciting news for you. Pizzaman Chickenman is launching a brand-new weekly series called “Bite Buzz,” and it’s hosted by the energetic and fun-loving Wizbid. Get ready to dive into a world of flavors and honest reviews with their tagline: “Taste, Review and Join the Buzz.”

Every week, Wizbid will be bringing you lively and entertaining episodes where customers give their honest review on their delicious meals, from Chickenman’s meals paired with Boneless beef and chicken , to their flavorful noodles and their cheesy pizzas. But this isn’t just about us talking – it’s about you sharing your experiences and joining the conversation.

What makes “Bite Buzz” unique? It’s all about community and connection. With Wizbid right there with you as you enjoy your meals at the branch, every bite and every laugh is shared, making the experience even more special. Plus, you’ll discover new favorites and might even see your own review featured!

So, mark your calendars and get ready to taste, review, and join the buzz. “Bite Buzz” is here to celebrate great food and a great fast food chain, and we can’t wait for you to be part of it. Follow Pizzaman Chickenman all Social Media Platforms and let’s make every meal an adventure!


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Francis Afful Gyan Speaks on Veunux At 2024 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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The Business Development manager for Reservoir Management Group (RMG), Francis Afful Gyan, on Friday, May 17, 2024, detailed the benefits of the company’s digital flagship innovation, Veunex, an Artificial Intelligence Software System tailored for Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSE).
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Custom Tote Bags: A Trendy and Sustainable Choice in Fashion and Marketing

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In a world increasingly attentive to sustainability and personal style, custom tote bags have emerged as a popular and versatile accessory. Whether used for grocery shopping, as a stylish day bag, or a promotional item, these bags combine functionality with a strong fashion statement. This article explores the significance of custom tote bags in contemporary culture, their benefits, and the impact they have on both personal use and as marketing tools.

1. The Rise of Tote Bags

Historical Background

Tote bags were originally used to carry ice from cars to freezers in the mid-20th century. Their simple, sturdy design has since evolved into a fashion statement and a banner for personal expression and environmental consciousness. Today, tote bags are made from a variety of materials, including traditional canvas, recycled plastics, and organic fabrics, reflecting a growing concern for sustainable practices in fashion.

Popularity in Modern Fashion

As fashion increasingly leans towards practicality, tote bags have become a staple accessory. They are celebrated not only for their eco-friendly appeal but also for their versatility and capacity, which make them ideal for a range of activities from shopping to traveling.

2. Benefits of Custom Tote Bags

Environmental Impact

One of the most significant benefits of tote bags is their reusability. Unlike disposable bags, which contribute to landfill waste and pollution, tote bags can be used repeatedly, drastically reducing the need for single-use plastics. They are a practical component of a sustainable lifestyle, encouraging consumers to make eco-friendly choices.

Marketing Advantage

For businesses, custom tote bags serve as an effective marketing tool. They are a practical item that consumers are likely to use regularly, ensuring repeated exposure for the brand. Customizing these bags with a company’s logo or slogan turns an ordinary item into a mobile advertisement, enhancing brand visibility and consumer engagement.

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Versatility and Convenience

Custom tote bags are not only eco-friendly and stylish but also highly versatile. They can be designed to suit various needs, from grocery shopping to serving as a daily carryall. Their spacious design and durability make them suitable for nearly any occasion or purpose.

3. Customizing Your Tote Bag

Design Options

Customization allows individuals and businesses to create tote bags that reflect their style or brand identity. Options can include various colors, graphics, and text. Adding unique designs or messages can transform a simple tote into a statement piece or a personalized gift.

Material Choices

Choosing the right material is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. Common materials for tote bags include:

  • Canvas: Durable and sturdy, ideal for everyday use.
  • Cotton: Soft, lightweight, and often organic, perfect for casual use.
  • Polypropylene: A recyclable plastic option that’s sturdy and water-resistant, suitable for heavy groceries.

Size and Function

The size of the tote bag should be tailored to its intended use. Smaller bags are great for everyday essentials, while larger ones are perfect for shopping or as beach bags. Features like zippered pockets, adjustable straps, and interior compartments can also be customized to enhance functionality.

4. Using Custom Tote Bags in Marketing

Promotional Events

Custom tote bags are excellent giveaways at trade shows, conferences, or community events. They are practical, which increases the likelihood of them being used by recipients, thereby extending the reach of the brand.

Retail Merchandise

Many retailers offer branded tote bags as part of their merchandise, either for sale or as a complimentary gift with a purchase. This not only enhances the shopping experience but also encourages brand loyalty.

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Corporate Gifts

Custom tote bags make thoughtful corporate gifts. Whether filled with other promotional items or given alone, they are a useful and appreciated token that can foster better relationships with clients and employees.

5. Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Supporting Eco-Friendly Practices

Businesses that use custom tote bags demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, an increasingly important factor for consumers. This commitment can strengthen a brand’s image as environmentally responsible and socially conscious.

Reducing Plastic Waste

By promoting the use of reusable tote bags, companies contribute to a reduction in plastic waste, a critical factor in global environmental conservation efforts.

6. Choosing a Supplier for Custom Tote Bags

When selecting a provider for custom tote bags, it is essential to consider the quality of materials, customization options, and the company’s environmental practices. Vograce, for instance, offers a comprehensive selection of custom tote bags with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction, making them a reliable choice for both personal and professional needs.

Conclusion

Custom tote bags blend functionality, style, and environmental responsibility, making them a smart choice for consumers and businesses alike. They offer an effective way to promote sustainability, enhance brand visibility, and express personal style. As society continues to embrace eco-friendly practices and personalized products, custom tote bags stand out as a practical and stylish solution that meets the needs of modern consumers.

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MTN GHANA REFLECTS ON WORLD TELECOMS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DAY

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Stephen Blewett CEO For MTN Ghana

 On the occasion of the celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, MTN celebrates the transformative power of communication technology. At MTN Ghana, we remain committed to connecting people, enabling progress, and driving digital inclusion across our nation.

This year’s theme, “Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development,” is aligned with MTN’s Ambition 2025 strategy which seeks to lead digital solutions for Africa’s and Ghana’s progress with Environment, Social and Governance at the core. It demonstrates that technology, innovation, environmental and societal concerns are realities that cannot be overlooked if long-term sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity is to be achieved in Africa. It also underscores the importance of leveraging and harnessing digital innovation in the telecommunications industry to provide innovative products and services, address global issues, drive socio-economic empowerment, and boost digital and financial inclusion.

Over the last 30 years, MTN has played a crucial role in Africa and Ghana in driving digital innovation on several fronts. From enhancing access to education and healthcare, boosting economic growth through digital skills and other support programmes, innovation in the fintech and digital economy sectors, fostering strategic collaborations, infrastructure investment among others, MTN’s contributions have been far-reaching and invaluable.

As a company rooted in Africa, our journey has been one of innovation, resilience, and collaboration. We have set the pace with our innovative products, empowered communities through our corporate social investments, and paved the way for a brighter digital future through our massive infrastructure investments. Partnerships with governments, businesses and others have been at the centre of our success in areas such as financial inclusion. As we reflect on our achievements, we extend our gratitude to each stakeholder who has been part of this remarkable journey.

As we celebrate the day, we reiterate the remarks of the CEO of MTN Ghana, Stephen Blewett, at the recent 3i Summit that “Africa’s fintech ecosystem is the engine that will drive its digital revolution and economic development in the coming years. Fintech can stimulate local economies and drive progress across the continent in several ways – financial inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship, job creation, cross-border transactions and payments, digital identity and security, agriculture and rural development, government services, investment, and funding, as well as digital and financial literacy.”

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His call for policy and legal frameworks to encourage the establishment of innovation hubs and 

digital sandboxes to provide the platform for incubating, testing, and rolling out new products reinforces the need for governments and businesses to be deliberate and collaborate in their approach to sustainable development.  Such hubs will be the channels for mentoring and nurturing the next generation of African entrepreneurs while providing the necessary resources, environment, and training in the digital space.

As we mark World Telecommunication Day 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to harnessing digital innovation for sustainable development. By embracing technology as a force for good and leveraging its transformative potential, we can all work together in shaping Africa’s progress. 

Today, we celebrate the power of connectivity, the promise of technology, and the unity of purpose. Together, we shape a future where every Ghanaian can thrive in the digital world and affirm our belief that “everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life.”

We thank all our customers for being part of our journey and wish everyone a Happy World Telecoms and Information Society Day.

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Potter’s family Chapel launches “UNTIL ONE DAY” with the theme SUPERNATURAL

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In a gathering filled with blessings and the anointing of God, the launch of the church’s program “UNTIL ONE DAY” was a divine moment for all in attendance.

As members came together to kick off this special program, they reflected on the goodness and faithfulness of God, and the hope in Christ Jesus. It only takes one day for God to reveal His strength and power in our lives, turning our sorrows into joy and struggles into victories. One day can transform tears into joy, pain into gain, and tests into testimonies.

We are honored to welcome Rev Dr Anthony Cudjoe and Arch Bishop Charles Agyin Asare, esteemed fathers of faith, who will share their divine wisdom with us. Their presence is a testament to the divine connections orchestrated by God for this event.

From June 19th to 21st at 6pm each night, we will be blessed by the ministry of these servants of God, hosted by Prophet Alex Armstrong in prayer and worship. On June 23rd, there will be a gathering to dedicate the church building, Mercy Temple, as a symbol of God’s faithfulness and provision.

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“UNTIL ONE DAY” is a time of hope and renewal of faith, trusting in God’s perfect timing and plan for our lives. May this program be a time of spiritual awakening, hope, and transformation as we draw closer to God and experience His presence in a new way.

May God’s blessings be upon us all as we embark on this journey together. Amen.

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