Good People Doing Good Things — Vincent Dadzie

Today’s good people post is shorter than usual, not because I couldn’t find any, but because my own heart is lacking today, burdened by a number of things.  I apologize in advance, but it is 2:00 a.m. and I’ve been struggling to write this post for about 4-5 hours, with no success.  However, I know how much we all need to see these ‘good people’ to help restore our faith in humanity, and just as I was about to give it up, a voice in my head said, “You owe it to them.  You have a responsibility.”  And so, I dug around a bit, put my own ill-humour on hold for a while and gave it one more try.

Meet Vincent Dadzie …

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Vincent is 24 years of age and lives in Tamale, Ghana.  He is also the co-founder of an organization, Motivation2Learn, which he established to end school dropouts and help students find their feet in life.

Vincent conducted research and found on USAID – Ghana (U.S. Aid for International Development) that 91% of children in Ghana enroll in primary school. Out of this, only 16% graduate with a University degree. The question he asked was “what happens to the other 75%?”  The school dropout rate is very high among students in targeted areas because many young people do not have regular motivation.  At the same time, learning challenges and poor academic performance expose most students to depression, low self-esteem, and stress. Students in these conditions normally don’t get proper counseling.students-3.jpgMotivation2Learn engages Ghanaian students by changing their mind-sets through motivational talks and exposing them to opportunities. His talks enable students to be able to catch up with everyday challenges from all angles. Students learn how to set and meet their goals, raise their academic standards, seize opportunities, be masters in emotion, relationships, finance, and time management, besides attaining knowledge in their desired profession.

He organizes and delivers motivational talks to an average number of 350 students every week in one of the selected 50 Senior and Junior High schools in their first year of operation in the Northern Region. His team searches for at least five educative programs and opportunities, exposing them to students, and guiding students to take full advantage of them. His team gives professional advice and assistance to students to successfully apply for available opportunities.  As a change agent, Vincent strives to make a change and affect lives in any way possible.

Angela FanseyAngela Fansey is the other co-founder of Motivation2Learn and is providing an administrative and communication support for the organization. She is responsible for the overall development, expansion, integration and implementation of Motivation2Learn’s program strategy.

Vincent holds a degree in Bachelor of Education, Accounting and Economics from the University of Cape Coast, and Angela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana, Legon.  Now, think about it … these two young people could have entered the business world and made quite a bit of money … perhaps even become millionaires.  Instead, they decided to give back to the young people of their nation.students-2.jpgGhana is considered an economically deprived nation, with a GDP per capita of only $2500.  Compare that to the U.S. with $59,532 in the U.S., and you get a sense of just how poor Ghana is.  The answer is educated young people who can make a difference, and Vincent & Angela are doing their best to help make that goal a reality.  For them, the future is more meaningful than their own riches.  We damn sure need more people like them in this world, yes?

40 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things — Vincent Dadzie

  1. Dear Jill,

    Here’s David’s Twitter handle: @vincentedadzie

    Contact Us (Motivation2Learn)
    Phone: +233 (0)541707388 /+233 (0)200702169

    Email: tfgmotivation2learn@gmail.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tfgmotivation2Learn/

    It looks like David and Angela have corporate sponsors for their program, Motivation2Learn. But you would think that they would have a way to donate monies on their website.

    I love it when peoples at any age, see a real need and then figure out a way to address that need. These two young adults are lifting up so many by giving them hope and encouragement.

    Thanks for sharing this good news story.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Lolo Amevinya is the contacts and sponsorship officer. Didn’t see any fundraising page, but on Lolo’s own Facebook page he lists his curriculum vitae. He says he is a ‘Fellow’ of https://www.teachforghana.org/
    I cannot find him on their directors, but it is possible there is some affiliation. The Teach for Ghana page is very similar in content to Motivation2Learn.
    They actively fundraise.

    The CEO of Teach for Ghana, is Daniel Dotse, a Cornwell University biochemical engineering graduate.

    You can read about his goal to have a major pharmaceutical company run by African scientists (Rivaling Johnson & Johnson), and his plan to educate African Youth to American standards.

    Vincent Dadzie is the founder of Motivation2Learn and is affiliated with TeachforGhana. He is ‘Reality Revolve Alumnus at Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’ and likely receives funding from their program too.

    Charles and Lynn’s website list them as Jewish Philanthropists, with programs to reduce poverty and to build up the Jewish State.
    Wikipedia says ‘ Charles Schusterman founder of the Samson Investment Company, a privately owned oil and gas company with oilfield investments in the United States, Canada, Venezuela and Russia. He was a large donor to Jewish causes in the United States and Israel. He and his wife, Lynn Schusterman, founded the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.’

    I think plenty of money flows into Motivation2Learn. I don’t have time either, to follow all the links, but, as always, following the money trail, may not lead to where we can say it is as beneficial to the poor as we first think.

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    • Many thanks for looking into this! I was afraid, after pondering David’s question, that might be the case. I typically take the time to do all the research for my good people posts, but lacking time and motivation this week, I dropped that ball. Sigh.

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      • Not at all Jill. Your post was fine, and hopefully some kids are benefitting from the programs. We can always question the motives behind philanthropy, and not always like them.
        Large companies (like Cadbury in the past and Google today) , often provide major benefits to employees to keep them loyal and to promote the company line. It is a form of brainwashing, but people are happy to go along with it. No doubt, the kids who benefit from this program will be channelled into an adult world of the Philanthropist’s choosing. They have a vested interest in getting a return on that ‘free education.’

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        • True. As you said, hopefully the young people are, nonetheless, getting the benefit of motivation, inspiration and an education, and then they can still make their own life’s choices when they are ready.

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  3. Your Wednesday Good People Doing Good Things posts are always uplifting and enlightening. They are a much needed spotlight on what is good in this fractured world that we live in. They give us hope for humanity when what we hear about most often leads us to believe that man is beyond hope. They are one small candle lighting up the darkness that at times seems to be swallowing us whole. They are a vital part of the work that you do day in and day out. They are enjoyed and appreciated, but no more so than YOU the person, the writer, the giver, the gift to every one of us that have been fortunate enough to have discovered Filosofa’s Word. YOU, Jill, are a very Good People Doing Good Things…never doubt that for a minute! THANK-YOU!

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    • Awwwww … thank you for such special, beautiful words, my friend! I am smiling through the tears you’ve brought. I am SO glad you stumbled upon my blog, for you have added much value to my days. Hugs, dear friend, and thank you!

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  4. Jill, what I love about this beyond the actual help, is they identified a tangible problem rather than boiling the ocean, and set about addressing it. In so doing, they provide an exemplar for others. Keith

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  5. Plenty of children and teenagers don’t know ‘what they want to do’ and if you have only ever been a school pupil how can you know what you will be good at or enjoy out in the world. To have someone to motivate and present opportunities is great. As David says, we don’t know how these two earn money, but they are helping themselves. We should not assume those on the African continent always need to be helped.

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    • So true … that’s why it used to be that most colleges wouldn’t let you declare a major until your second year, to give you a chance to think about various opportunities. Now, though, they seem to expect you to know exactly what you want the minute you step through the door. It IS good to see people helping themselves and others … you wonder what makes some people like this, while others are so greedy. Genes? Upbringing?

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