Ama Boafo – Arthur (PhD) Lecturer, University of Ghana, School of Continuing and Distance Education

Ama Boafo-Arthur is a faculty member at the University of Ghana’s School of Continuing and Distance Education. She’s the coordinator for Student Support and Advisory Services at the Department of Distance Education. Prior to her engagement at the University of Ghana she was a Faculty Member at the Valley View University’s Development Studies Department for about five years.
She is a dedicated, resourceful, and goal-driven professional educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of children, youth/young adults. This is reflected in her research interests which include sexual abuse, adolescence and youth studies, reproductive health, childhood studies and multiculturalism.
Ama has a background in Sociology and Development Studies. She has a Bachelor’s and MPhil degree in Sociology from the University of Ghana. She again has an MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge University in the UK. Following her interest in Childhood Studies she pursued a PhD in Development Studies at the Institute if Statistical, Social, and Economic Research at the University of Ghana, conducting her research on the Livelihood Strategies of Street Children in Accra.
Her greatest desire is to help create an environment free from abuse thus advocacy and education of all is paramount in helping to change the old order in Ghana and beyond.

Dzifa Abra Attah (PhD) Clinical Psychologist/Lecturer

Dr. Dzifa Abra Attah is a lecturer at the University of Ghana, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Korle-Bu. She is also engaged in conducting mental health research and practices as a Clinical Psychologist in Ghana.
Over the past 10 years, she has done extensive work with vulnerable populations including people living with HIV/AIDS, street children, children in foster care, trafficked children and children engaged in forced child labor.
She obtained her first degree and master’s degree from the University of Ghana, Legon in Psychology and Clinical Psychology respectively. In 2013, she received a full time doctorate award to study Psychology (Public mental health) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Here, she was the first student from Stellenbosch University to be awarded the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund in 2014.
For her PhD, she conducted groundbreaking research on the lived experiences of child sexual abuse in a local Ghanaian community. In this piece, she writes about the participants’ unsettling stories of sexual abuse, as well as her own experience of sexual harassment during and after the data collection phase of the study. Among other findings, her work sheds light on the cultural expectations of child care in Ghana, which mandate collective effort to foster and promote healthy child development.
As a professional, she seeks to add her voice in the fight against abuse or violence of any form.

SIR FRANK PAA KUMI

Sir Frank Paa Kumi is the Chief Operating Officer and Founding Director of the Passionate Africa Leadership Institute (PALI). He is a social innovator, a strategist, a governance watcher and a leadership coach. Paa Kumi has fifteen years of a practitioner’s experience in civic engagement, social development, training and development and community mobilization. He also serves as the secretary to the PALI governing council and co-chair of the coalition of NGOs associated with the United Nations in Ghana, DPI.
He received professional training in Development Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and a Bachelor in Business Administration with emphasis on Human Resource Management from the Central University.
In May 2005, Paa Kumi led the formation of the Vision Care Network International; a community based youth-led organization which has significantly seen transformation from a community development institution to finding a niche in driving social innovation to advance the course of participatory governance, human development and youth empowerment (social accountability)READ MORE