Photo comp: Sidney Odotei Charway, Ghana
Sidney Odotei Charway
Award Level:
Bronze, Silver, Gold
Favourite memory of the Award:
Physical Recreation I stared my hockey training with physical training like jogging and running up a flight of stairs on Saturdays and Sundays at 5:30 - 9:00 where I join my fellow players at the hockey pitch. My first week wasn’t an easy task because on the pitch, we had players who were on the Ghanaian national team. So I put in more effort and in my final year in high school I be camas the Captain of the school’s hockey team.
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
Adventurous Journey This was an adventure which opened my eyes to the real world and no other journey can measure up to it so far. In the heart of Kwahu located in the eastern region of Ghana, this town is famous for its mountainous outline. The daily trekking we had had to undertake was not an easy task from the town of Asakraka which was our base camp to Oframanse was very challenging when the seven young boys of which I was included going by the name of “TRAVEL AND SEE” looked behind, in front and sideways it was nothing but dense forest and lush green beauty all around, Its beauty enhanced by the brightly beaming sun on such a lovely day.
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
Service activity After I completed senior high school in 1996 I started my service as a young volunteer in La Presbyterian Senior High School which was a big challenge to me because I was a young boy who had to teach a class size of 58 pupils at time which was very challenging because looking at my age at 18 and teaching students of 14-16 years of age was a big task but I applied these three words as a tool “adapt”, “improvise” and “overcome” that enabled me to teach subjects like calabash art, music and dance, ceramics and graphic design.
Tell us the story behind your photo:
Profile Background I am Sidney Odotei Charway from Ghana. I find myself as a useful tool to change the lives of young people in my community and my nation Ghana as a whole. A feasibility study in my community made me discover the problems confronting my community. These included lack of portable drinking water, lack of school buildings, high rate of unemployment among the youth and low rate of education for children due to poverty. These problems moved me to help some of these young people to discover their talents, develop employable skills and achieve their full potential. It further inspired me to set up a youth organization called Alpha Promotion. This is an exciting youth development scheme that aims at promoting education, creative Art and Culture. Some of our projects included Homework Project and Social Network - a network of young managers, emerging leaders and young professionals to inspire and foster education among the youth in La.We also embarked on a vacation teaching project with the objective of achieving goal two of the UN Millennium development goals namely “Achieve universal primary education” and goal (6) which aims at “Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. In the year 2007, 42 young people from different senior high schools across the country came together to put a smile on the face of little children in a rural community in the central region of Ghana. Learned to give back to their community in their pursuit to be helped by others. I will forever remember the impact the project had on these young people who were transiting from adolescence to adulthood. My skills include team work and administrative skills, IT skills in MS office, information and communication technology and management skills. Am an excellent training facilitator, event/ project manager and a good supervisor. My pathways of organizational development include; developing partnership with other organization, raising the profile of an organization, extend the reach of an organization or products, strengthen the structures of the organization, assuring the quality of delivery of products and services as well as raising support and funding for the organization. They have always proved useful to me.I am a proactive and dynamic person with extensive experience, confidence, focused and ambitious to contribute efficiently towards work. Am an organizer who prioritizes, allocates and co-ordinates both human and material resources to the best effect. A strong and good communicator who uses initiatives and establishes stable relationship at all levels. An excellent team player, who develops, delivers, educates and promotes products with minimum or no supervision.
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