A youth and gender activist, Mr Robert Abeku Ansah, has been nominated among the 2022 nominees to receive the African Community Achievement Award (ACAA) in Los Angeles, California.
The award ceremony to be held on March 6, 2022 would be done during the celebration of the African Fashion and Music festival (AFRIMAMU). Nominees to be awarded are from African countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria, Congo, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Togo, Senegal, Ivory Coast, among others.
The mission of the ACAA award is to work with individuals of different African communities to empower the people to raise themselves through education, health care, sciences, creativity, arts, culture and community services.
Also, it is dedicated to inspiring social change by partnering with individuals who provide a life-changing approach to building stronger African communities around the world.
A release from the Communications Department from the AFRIMAMU/ACAA and signed by Madam Constance D. Kone D. said “ we are proud of what you have done with your organization in training and uplifting our young girls through your pageantry and we look forward to celebrating you alongside other deserving African men and women”.
It stated that “we are proud to call you an African champion for social change especially your contributions in the leadership sector but what moved us more is your selflessness and compassion towards the less privileged at home and abroad”.
“We at the ACCA award committee for 2022 will like to commemorate your achievements by using this forum to encourage more Africans like you to get involved in our social change empowerment and community building through innovative health care, philanthropy, humanitarian services, educational analysis, among others” the release said.
Mr Abeku Ansah had his basic and secondary education at Swedru Holy Quran Islamic basic school and Apam Secondary School respectively.
He pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in African Studies at the University of Cape Coast from 2008-2012. He was appointed by the centre as teaching assistant until September 2013.
In January 2015, he enrolled for Master of Arts degree programme at the Institute for Development and Technology Management in Cape Coast and graduated with honours in Education, Gender and Development.
He volunteered to work at the Agona Asafo Community Library in the Agona East District as Administrative Director and doubled as the Youth Representative on the Library Management Board from 2013-2017. Within that same period, he was the Executive Director and Founder of Save the Last Tree (SaLT) foundation Ghana.
The foundation, in partnership with international collaborators in the UK and Germany, supported many educational programmes (SDG4), healthcare delivery (SDG3), community services (SDG11) and climate action (SDG13) programmes.
So far, the foundation has supported reading programmes to improve primary school pupils in Agona Asafo. The programme has also provided extra tuition support for basic school pupils to improve performance at basic and secondary school levels.
In all, over 160 girls have received educational and health support from the foundation to access basic and secondary education. Five out of the completed number, are currently pursuing various degrees in three different public universities in Ghana. Over three hundred students in Agona Asafo have been registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana to access free healthcare delivery.
In 2015, the foundation donated an Oxygen Generator to the Agona Asafo Health Centre and is also constructing a maternity facility for the same centre. In partnership with the National Forestry Commission, the foundation is collaborating and is planting 5,000 trees in the District as part of the National Greening Project to support our environmental greening project.
In April, 2017, Mr. Ansah was appointed by the Government of Ghana as Special Assistant to the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education. In that capacity, he continued to contribute to higher education policy conceptualization and implementation, research, data analysis, public relations, monitoring and evaluation of Government policies and programmes etc.
He is currently a Policy Planning, Projects, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (C-TVET). The Commission is an agency of the Ministry of Education mandated to regulate, promote and administer technical and vocational education and training for transformation and innovation for sustainable development in Ghana. He is currently part of a team of experts working on a National TVET Report for the Government of Ghana.
He has widely traveled and participated in many international, national and local conferences across the world and within Ghana.