“if you educate a man, you educate an individual but if you educate a woman, you educate a whole nation”.
-Dr James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey,
Founder of the famous Achimota School in Accra, Ghana.
These great words of inspiration, coupled with a huge dose of fellow feeling for the needy and the deprived were what moved Ms Eleanor Louise Webb, a woman from St John’s Newfoundland, Canada, to establish the Webb of Excellence Welfare Fund to provide financial assistance for brilliant-but-needy female day students of the Ada Senior High School, a town some 99.2 kilometres from Ghana’s capital city.
It is instructive to state that the Webb of Excellence Welfare Fund is the first of its kind to be established by the many expatriates, who came mainly from Britain (under the VSO programme), United States of America (under the Peace Corps programme) and Canada (under the CUSO programme) to assist the school in teaching and learning during its formative years.
Additionally, the Fund has also instituted an award for the Best Business Student in SHS 1, SHS 2 and SHS 3 which is presented annually at the school – Speech Day or no Speech Day.
Mr Sammy Tetteh and Dr Edward Soga were instrumental in putting the team of Administrators together and the maiden meeting was held at the residence of Mr Tetteh at Kaiser Valley, Taifa, on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Even though Dr Gabriel Ofoe Canacoo was absent at that maiden meeting, he was unanimously named chairman of the group with Mr. Emmanuel Amoako as Secretary.
The four-member team worked together until November 2017 when Mr. Sammy Tetteh decided to withdraw his services for personal reasons.
Current Team of Administrators
The current Administrators of the Fund are: Dr Gabriel Ofoe Canacoo, a lecturer (chairman), and 1971 graduate of the school; Mr Emmanuel Amoako, a journalist (Secretary), 1969 graduate of the school and Dr Edward Soga (treasurer), a former student of Adisadel College, 1974 graduate of the University of Toronto and a retired dentist of the 37 Military Hospital, who made contact with Ms. Webb during his studies at the University of Toronto.
Award Winners to Date
To date, the Fund has successfully awarded scholarships to three female students of the Ada Senior High School, namely: Stella Akpanglo (2015-2017), Charity Assigbey Kpeleme (2016-2018) and Emelia Korlekuor Addowah (2017-2019).