At the age of seven (7), Steven moved from Takoradi with his parent to the western Region of Ghana in a community called Aiyinase because of the nature of his father’s job. Upon arriving in Aiyinase community he received some city/village shocks. Children in the community were not going to school regularly and even for those who attend schools were unable to read, speak and write well. In his first term at school, as a new boy from the city he received many friends in the school. When he turned 15 years, his Dad was transferred again to Eastern part of Ghana, this time around they move to a far complex village community called Amanfrom. Steven was in his junior high school by then. The story was not different from western region. That is the inability of school children to write, speak and read. He experienced living in the remotest village and saw the need the help his friends. Any time he visited his Aunties in the cities; Steven will gather several books and bring it to his friends. He quite remember in an attempt to help one of his friend in learning how to speak good English, his friend Musah was one day absent from school, musah was asked to explain why he was absent from school. This was what happened
Madam: musah why did you not come to school yesterday?
Musah: Madam Yesterday I’m sick, I tell you madam say that teacher John go home……
This was the kind of English Musah spoke to the madam. Musah was not the only person facing difficulty in speaking. When Steven got to the university, he then decided to create a writers club where he was able to gather volunteers to visit villages to help deprived children in Ghana. As a young man who had entered into the university he often remembered the difficulty children did faced in the deprived community. Thus, he founded the child writers support in 2013 with his own resources and natured the small writers team. In 2014 at his final year of university, (Pentecost university college) he was able to deploy 45 volunteers across the 10 regions in Ghana. Experiences gotten from this tour enable him to develop the passion to venture into a full time social entrepreneurship. Late in 2014 September, he envision that children in deprived communities should have access to good educational material and the use of innovative platform to help teach these children, he met Madam Beatrice a nurse from USA he explain everything to her and the woman was in love with his idea and passion. The woman donated a fraction of her salary to Steven and creates the BOOKAID INITIATIVE GHANA. The BookAid initiative works with the vision that children in various communities should have access to local content and characters of reading books and also to have a plan programme that keep the bookaid initiative moving. Therefore after launching the first two bookaid initiative, he created a community reading clinic event. Where he was able to deploy 20 volunteers across the schools and communities under his initiative, Though Steven comes from a banking and finance background; his passion took him to a different sector in Ghana. To achieve his vision, he decided to volunteer with street library Ghana to learn how he could study library project in Ghana and also received opportunity to enroll some international English course. After his internship with street library Steven was then appointed as the head coordinator to ACP Street Library project. Where the focus was to build new libraries in Cameroon and Liberia and also improve the existing one in Ghana. Getting a full year experience with street library Ghana, his mind was open up to continue his bookaid initiative. He runs his bookaid initiative with many excited programs and believed that nothing is impossible to achieve. He says, even if the government is unable to make education free, I should provide free educational material to people. He would be able to achieve this dream when he is able to have a sustainable funding models to sustain its operation.
To be considered among of the young dynamic entrepreneur in Ghana and Africa who utilizes creativity, leadership and teamwork to design and execute solutions in the business world.
To be considered among of the best 20 young Writers and a change Speakers in Africa in 2020. Focusing on wisdom, creativity, innovation, skill, talent, passion, mentorship, hard work, discipline and attitude.
LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS
- IN 2015, STEVEN ACKAH RECEIVED ENDORSEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION FIR INITIATING THE BOOKAID INITIATIVE
- RECEIVED ENDORSEMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT FOR A SUCCESSFUL CONSULTATIVE FORUM HELD TOWARDS ELECTION 2016
- RECEIVED ENDORSEMENTS FROM THE UNITY GROUP CEO, DR. KWAME KYEI BAFFOUR. KNOWING AFRICA BOOK
- PROFILE IN INTERNATIONAL FOUNDER.COM ACHIEVERS PAGE
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