Growing up in Akropong, I experienced a challenging education of my own. Due to Special Educational Needs which my parents were not aware of, I often struggled to keep up with my brothers and found school work difficult, particularly spelling. Unfortunately, it still remains the same today for many children in Ghana. I hope that this resource is able to make a difference to children, coming alongside them to help them ‘stand tall’ and build their futures.
Jessica works for the National Health Service, and previously worked in the education sector within the UK government. She has also worked in the voluntary sector for an international child welfare charity. She has a Master's degree in Child Studies, which included a focus on global childhoods and children's rights. Jessica has also spent time in two countries in Africa where she was involved in voluntary work supporting vulnerable children. She also loves giraffes!
Sampson Obese Osafo
I consider myself a citizen of the world, a proud African, and passionately Ghanaian. Resident in London for the last decade and half, I work as a Train Driver for London Underground, a job I so much love for many reasons. I am also a research student with interests in politics, education, law and development.
As a Head of History at a secondary school in South London, I am passionate about education and the power of reading. I have always found that books open up minds and reveal new worlds. My degree in Archaeology, secondary PGCE and MEd in Professional Studies have equipped me in sharing these passions with the students I teach, and help drive me forward in the work of Giraffe. I became a trustee for Giraffe when the founder, Winifred, asked me to consider working with her on this exciting new project. I am now eager to see the power of reading at work amongst the children of Akropong.