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Hello, I am Precious Bonsu, a Ghanaian educator and founder of the WIT School. It is humbling to be recognized as one of the many women changing the narrative in the educational sector. As I reflect on my journey, I am grateful for the opportunities that have allowed me to impact the lives of children in Ghana and beyond. My passion for serving children led me to establish Treasure Kids Media, where I authored five children's books and published a monthly newspaper for children. Through the Sponsor a School program, we encouraged a reading culture and gave back to society. But my passion for literacy and lifelong learning did not end there. I went on to establish a book bug club for kids and subsequently founded the Wisdom and Intelligence Training School (WIT School), which started as an after-school club and transitioned into a learning center.
Through my TAP2EDUCATE initiative, I volunteered as a tutor and mentor for public school children. I believe that education is a powerful tool for creating positive change in society, and I am dedicated to empowering children to realize their full potential. In addition to my work with children, I am proud to host Play and Learn on GHOne TV, speak publicly, and be the Founding Director of Whale Communications, a company specializing in public relations consultancy, marketing communications, and training executives in public speaking. I also tutor at Lancaster University in Ghana.
I am honored to be celebrated for sharing my knowledge with the world, giving children a unique learning experience, and nurturing the next generation of change agents and future leaders. As a woman in education, I am committed to pursuing my passion for teaching, investing in education, and dedicating my time to the cause of children. Thank you for recognizing my efforts, and I hope to continue inspiring others.
What were the biggest initial hurdles you faced and how did you overcome them?
In the beginning, it was indeed challenging for me to find creative ways to fund my initiatives and bring together a team of like-minded individuals who could help me achieve my goals. I had to invest a significant amount of time and effort in networking, attending events, and connecting with potential collaborators and supporters.
I also realized that building strong relationships with the community and local authorities was crucial in gaining their support and approval. Effective communication and transparency were key in building trust and establishing a positive reputation.
I also leveraged social media and other online platforms to promote my initiatives and connect with potential partners.
Furthermore, I attended community events and engaged with local leaders to understand their needs and concerns, and to identify opportunities for collaboration. By staying open-minded, persistent, and dedicated to my cause, I was eventually able to build a strong team and establish myself as a respected educator and change agent in my community. As with any journey, there were ups and downs, but I never lost sight of my vision and remained committed to making a positive impact in the lives of children and future generations.
What advice do you have for young people locally and internationally who are just starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions?
As someone who has been on a journey of pursuing my passions and building a career in education, I would like to offer the following advice to young people who are just starting out:
Believe in yourself: Have faith in your abilities and trust that you have what it takes to achieve your dreams. Cultivate a positive mindset, focus on your strengths, and stay determined and persistent in the face of challenges.
Learn from others: Seek out mentors, role models, and experts in your field of interest. Learn from their experiences, ask for advice, and leverage their networks and resources to enhance your own learning and growth.
Embrace failure: Failure is an inevitable part of any journey, and it is important to view it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Embrace your mistakes and use them as stepping stones to future success.
Network and collaborate: Connect with like-minded individuals, attend events, and leverage social media to build your network and collaborate on projects. Remember that no one succeeds alone, and strong relationships and partnerships are crucial in achieving your goals
Stay curious and keep learning: Cultivate a love for lifelong learning and stay curious about the world around you. Read, attend workshops and seminars, and seek out new experiences that challenge you to grow and develop.
Give back: Finally, remember to give back to your community and make a positive impact in the lives of others. Whether through volunteer work, philanthropy, or advocacy, find ways to use your talents and resources to make a difference in the world.
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