The Ghana Wins! Project, an initiative aimed at helping to develop and promote leadership skills in Ghanaian women, has awarded NYU Steinhardt $500,000 to implement the Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fellowship Program.
The project was launched by NYU in collaboration with Fundación Mujeres Por África, the University of Ghana, and funded by Banco Santander. NYU Steinhardt, the NYU College of Nursing, and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will work on separate projects that address Ghana’s critical needs in healthcare, education, and strengthening civil society.
Kristie Patten Koenig, an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Rose Vukovic, assistant professor of special education, will direct Steinhardt’s Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fellowship Program.
“We know that education is key to economic development, stability, and equality in developing countries, especially the education of girls and women,” Koenig said.
GIFTED will provide professional development, on-going support, and leadership training to educators in collaboration with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education, the University of Ghana, and the University of Education at Winneba. Teachers selected for the program will identify, develop, and implement a project that improves the quality of education in key areas of curriculum, integrated service delivery, and school leadership.
“Programs that are successfully implemented in our public school systems inherently have a strong professional development component that values and supports teacher development. Professional development is central to the GIFTED program and will enable the women leaders to make the changes they envision in their communities,” Koenig said.
“By implementing projects that strengthen their home schools in areas that have identified by the Ministry of Education in Ghana as educational priorities, mentored women leaders will provide project specific training to teachers, and model leadership practices to other women in the field of education”.
The Ghana Wins! Project builds on the collaborative relationship between NYU and the University of Ghana. NYU Accra is a global study abroad site in Ghana’s capital.
(Photo: Krisite Patten Koenig)