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The Hard And Noble Work Towards Education Equity With Rosalinda Agana

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Around 95% of girls in the most disadvantaged African rural communities never completed senior high school. Rosalinda Agana grew up in Northern Ghana and experienced the lack of access to quality education herself. But now, she is on a mission to build education equity on a global scale. Joining Corinna Bellizzi, she shares how she completed her education against great odds, got a scholarship through CAMFED Association, and is now giving back to her community through her not-for-profit organization. Rosalinda talks about her work to help young people get the education they deserve regardless of race, skin color, or social status. She also discusses how she teaches farmers adopt more sustainable farming systems and small business owners to eliminate the use of plastic packaging.

 

About Rosalinda Agana

CMBB 167 | Education EquityRosalinda Agana grew up in Northern Ghana and completed her education against great odds. Selected to receive a CAMFED scholarship to study law, Rosalinda joined the pan-African CAMFED Association of women leaders. She is trained as a Learner Guide, delivering CAMFED’s self-development curriculum to marginalized students. At university, Rosalinda founded a non-profit organization to support teenage mothers with income-generating skills. In 2019, she started a climate-smart agriculture enterprise, providing employment for rural women, growing and processing peanuts, soya, and potatoes. A passionate youth advocate, Rosalinda’s platforms have included the Youth Diplomacy Summit in Accra, the Baobab Summit in Kigali, and the Youth Agriculture Summit in Brasilia. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University, USA.

 

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Guest Website: https://camfed.org/rosalinda/  

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https://www.youtube.com/@camfedhttps://www.instagram.com/camfed/

 

Show Notes:

00:00 – Introduction

03:34 – Origin Story

08:01 – CAMFED

13:33 – Not-For-Profit Organization

19:53 – National Service and Plastic Packaging

26:53 – Further education

32:25 – A sisterhood of young women

38:19 – Closing Words

 

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The Hard And Noble Work Towards Education Equity With Rosalinda Agana

I’d like to bring you into the way back machine of sorts to an early episode of this show in which I introduced you to Lydiah Kemunto Bosire of 8B Education Investments, a firm that she established to help bring education opportunities to citizens of Africa. People like Lydia could benefit from the same world-class, educational resources that she gained in part through her performance and how excellent she was as a student, but also through lottery. Now, changing the systems that we have in place around the globe is critical if we’re serious about building a society that respects all people as equal regardless of their origin, their culture, their sex, their gender, or their skin color.

In this episode, we get to further that discussion as I’m joined by https://www.instagram.com/i_am_la_rosa. She’s a lovely young woman who grew up in Northern Ghana and completed her education against great odds. She was selected to receive a CAMFED scholarship to study law. Rosalinda joined the pan-African CAMFED Association of Women Leaders. She is trained as a learner guide delivering CAMFED’s self-development curriculum to marginalized students.

At university, Rosalinda founded a nonprofit organization to support teenage mothers with income-generating skills. In 2019, she started a climate-smart agriculture enterprise providing employment for rural women, growing and processing peanuts, soybeans, and potatoes. She’s a passionate youth advocate. She uses her platform in all sorts of ways and we’re going to learn all about that as we get to know her. She’s presently pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University in the United States. Rosalinda Agana, welcome to the show.

Thank you.

I have long awaited this conversation. I know we went back and forth for a while, but as I expressed, this offers us the opportunity to step into the perspective of yet another individual who’s escaped the odds in a way of what your future could have been to something greater. I’d love for you to first tell us that origin story. How did you get where you are now?

Thank you so much, everyone, for joining us. As she rightfully said, my name is Rosalinda and I’m from Northern Ghana, to be precise, Upper East Region. Growing up as a child and originating from a society that has deep-rooted cultural norms, I got the opportunity to go to school through my foster parents. I lost my dad at a very young age. Moving on to live with foster parents as a girl, as the saying goes, “There’s no place like home,” even though they gave me the love and support that I needed but there can never be any other place like home. This was a result of poverty because I believe if my mom was financially adequate, I wouldn’t have to go and live with other people.

When I finished high school, I was going through a lot at that point and my foster parents at that point couldn’t support me to further my education through tertiary. As a young person, I was very passionate about reading law and also becoming a lawyer. I was trying to figure out what to do. The good thing was that back in my second year in high school, the CAMFED Association, or the CAMFED itself came to my school to do a mentorship program and to educate us about the works of CAMFED and the opportunities that are available to us as young people. That gave me the motivation to know that after school, if I do well, I would get a scholarship to further my education, a dream come true.

Just like other girls and other boys in senior high school, knowing the fact that we had scholarship opportunities was a boost for me to study harder to be able to meet the scholarship cut. I did that. I studied very hard. God being so good, I got a very good grade, and then I got the opportunity to apply for CAMFED support. I would say CAMFED is so considerate of us young girls or young people, regardless of the situation. I remember at the point in which I was applying for the scholarship, the applications were closed, but my resources came late before I could even apply for the scholarship.

I remember one of the CAMFED Association members was the one who sent me a number to one of the directors of the organization. I called them and told them what I was experiencing as a young girl at that point and how much the scholarship would truly mean to me if I was given the opportunity. Truly to her word, she gave me the opportunity by asking me to travel to one of the regions in which the scholarship interview was going to be and also where I could access the application forms. I got the form to apply for the scholarship, and then here I am. I would say my story all wraps around CAMFED because I believe studying Law degree wouldn’t have been a possibility without CAMFED’s support.

When I got selected for the scholarship, I got the opportunity to be enlightened and also be mentored by a series of people with the expected knowledge in terms of self-building and all that. Through one of their orientations and also getting the opportunity to attend the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Summit, I was told that being a leader doesn’t mean you have to be grown. Being a leader can be a leader now, you do not need resources or money to become a leader. That empowered me to think about creating an impact back home without having to wait until I was financially sufficient, I was done with school, and being the lawyer that I wanted to be. I realized how powerful having access to information can be for me as a young person.

[bctt tweet=”Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to be grown. You do not need resources or money to become one.” via=”no”]

I keep saying CAMFED, a lot of you’ll be asking what CAMFED is. CAMFED is an international organization that supports young people in rural areas, girls to be precise in disadvantaged rural communities in Africa. Notably, they are in Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. A lot of girls have received support. We have to know that 95% of girls in the most disadvantaged rural communities in Africa never completed senior high school.

There are so many reasons for that. Part of it is cultural and part of it is also access, you’re expected to get to work, to raise a family, or to care for aging parents. A lot of that is common in lower-income areas or those rural communities where you don’t necessarily have the same structures in place for scholastic work. I’ve never been to Africa. I’ve heard so much about it. I’ve always wanted to go. I even studied French and worked with West Africans who spoke French and were doctors. I helped to work as a translator for them so that they could further their research in the United States, which was a lot of fun. I did that during college. The culture is so incredible and different from one country to the next.

In the West, we don’t necessarily know that or see that. I don’t think we have a real clear understanding of what it’s like to live there, to be there, and to grow up there. Often, women in particular don’t get the same resources and the same access to education. Lydiah spoke about this too. Her story was very similar to yours in a way. She’s from Kenya and was able to go through the process of graduating. From having her undergraduate to then going through and getting her master’s and PhD to become a doctor of philosophy, not a medical doctor. That wasn’t her pursuit. You’re going for your juris degree, you want to be a lawyer. In addition to that, your master’s.

Each of those is an incredible pursuit that costs a lot of money. Frankly, if you don’t have the support of something like CAMFED or 8B Education Investments, your dreams will be limited because you aren’t able to access education without these sorts of funds and resources. What is it like for the present Ghanaian girl growing up in the eastern side of the country? What are the chances that they might be able to access this resource?

The good news is, the arts are that most of these girls who grew up in these rural areas have limited access to these resources, as you rightfully said. Now, organizations like CAMFED have helped to keep the norm. I remember growing up. Also, the norm for every other girl in our families, we are always encouraged to pursue courses that are not so expensive. You find that most girls in these rural areas will rather pursue degrees in Nursing or diploma courses and not degrees. This is because these are programs that are less expensive compared to going to the university. Colleges are better and easily accessible because they also come with sometimes government funding.

For us to think about like dreaming of being a lawyer and dreaming of being a doctor, even as a girl growing up is very difficult because to even think about making the cut because you have a lot of responsibilities at home and want to study hard to make the grade, to be able to even get the admission in the first place is one big challenge as a girl. At home, you’re the one doing the cooking, doing the cleaning of the house, doing the washing, and all that. As a girl, there’s so much responsibility for you, unlike the men.

Now, we also have men who are also being inclusive helping us because we are not in the area in which everyone is trying to make sure that we are all heard. Regardless of that, there are still inequalities that we can’t deny. These are some of the things. As a young person who was growing up in rural areas, I realized how much we girls were marginalized in terms of access to education, reproductive health materials like sanitary parts, and even basic needs. These are some of the things I would say that streamlined or serve as care to our success as girls in the rural areas. Thanks to CAMFED and other organizations, we are able to dream big and hope for a better future.

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Education Equity: As a young person who grew up in rural areas, I realized how much girls were marginalized in terms of education, as well as their access to reproductive health materials and even their basic needs.

 

As we’ve discussed many times on this show before, one of the things that is different about educating women in particular in these areas is that they tend to develop, let’s say, companies and efforts that give back to the community. You’re already spearheading something on your own. I’d love for you to talk about this not-for-profit that you founded and what you’re here to do, how you’re helping other people.

Thank you so much. I’m usually so excited when it comes to my baby foundation. I got the opportunity to join CAMFED and have access to a pool of network of other young-minded women who are also passionate about creating change. That’s the main aim of the CAMFED Association, as we always say that we are young women creating change.

Coming from that background and being exposed to where we are now because I’m in the US now doing a Master’s degree and also getting the opportunity to work with very good companies and make good money. I would say that it gave me the passion. The series of impacts in meeting other CAMFED Association members gave me passion and also made me realize another potential that I had, which was not on earth when I was in the village or probably somewhere.

One of the babies I came up with was my foundation, which is called Teen Swot Foundation. How did it come about? Before I even started to form the Teen Swot Foundation, I told you earlier about the fact that I got the opportunity to attend the CAMFED Summit and Orientation Program. Realizing that being a leader starts now. As a leader, I decided to start doing mentorship programs for other young people in the communities in which I came from. I went back and visited almost all the senior high schools and junior high schools in my region to teach them about all the opportunities that are available to them.

The fact that you are coming from a very humble family or the fact that you’re not able to pursue a bigger dream because you already are like, “My family is poor. I don’t think I would make it after school.” I made them understand that, “You don’t have to feel that way because we have organizations out there. CAMFED is out there waiting for you to make the cut and be able to get the scholarship. Study hard. We have a lot of support systems available for you.”

What my organization did was first we started with the mentorship programs, we helped them, and we also organized extra classes for some of the girls and boys in our communities during vacations to help them study hard and also to be able to make the grades. Through this, we’re able to support them in applying for scholarships. Now, we have a lot of the people that I mentored in the CAMFED Association Network and other scholarships like the MasterCard Foundation that I know of. That was through my organization because we are doing mentorship and also supporting them.

Another aspect, which is the most important aspect, is the climate part of my venture, which supports rural people, especially farmers to switch to climate-smart agriculture. Being someone who is very interested and passionate about sustainability, I took it upon myself to be able to be the advocate and the voice for most of these people because time and again, a lot of farmers farm and they have low crop yields. This is a result of climate change. Do they know that this is a result of climate change? For the majority of them, I would say no.

First off, we did a lot of educational programs, bringing other young people like me who are into agriculture and who are into climate action. Especially those that are doing programs related to this field to come into these communities to educate the farmers about climate change and how much they can leverage climate-smart agriculture.

Another aspect of my project was also encouraging farmers to move to a more sustainable system of farming because, in Northern Ghana, we have only two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. In the rainy season, farmers are farming. In the dry season, there’s nothing for them to do. What we were encouraging them to do is to do a system of mixed farming where they have animals and crops.

For animals, it can go all year round, so you don’t have to be out of business. The good news is that you can use the cow dung or the various poops from the cows or the animal as a manual for the farm. You don’t have to use chemicals that cause harm to the environment. This is what we are doing. We are using more sustainable ways to educate people and also to encourage them to do that.

Another good aspect of my venture was to help them get startup from other organization that provides funding to small businesses. This is true for small businesses. They are able to get funding, especially from CAMFED. I would always say CAMFED because that is where I have more information and more knowledge. That is where I know they have ready resources for people out there, especially women.

We encourage these people to switch to this particular system of farming and they are able to apply for grants to be able to expand their businesses. Even for young people like myself who were interested in agriculture, we supported them and helped them on how to build their businesses, and then they applied a majority of what I would say called the support.

Let’s talk for a moment about national service. What is that for a Ghanaian person? Do you have a mandatory service or what does that look like?

National service is a mandatory service for every person completing tertiary education. In Ghana, we are required to do a one-year mandatory service, which is mostly free. You didn’t get paid most of the time, but you are given a little bit of stipend, which is even less than $100 a month.

To build community essentially is what it sounds like.

The most important part is to build communities. I did my one-year service. Usually, after you graduate from the university, straight up you’re required to do the national service, which I had adhered to and I did it. After that, people would think, “As a young graduate from law school, it’s easy for you to find a job.” I would always tell people that law is like any other course you do. Most importantly, I tell people that law is like entrepreneurship. You need to be able to find customers and all that counts.

I thought about how I was going to navigate my way through the legal system because I had yet to even go to the professional law school to be called to the bar and all of that. Thinking about doing that and also being at home, I thought about a way in which I could empower myself, create an impact, and also create an opportunity for other people like myself. That is when I discovered because at that point I had come back from Brasilia, Brazil representing Central and Western Africa at the Youth Agricultural Summit where I presented my project. My project was all about reducing waste plastic in our environment and also helping farmers in rural areas.

How do we reduce waste? One of the things I identified was bakeries in Ghana usually. I don’t know if we have Ghanaians tuning in, but a lot of people can testify to the fact that most bakeries use a lot of plastic for their packaging. I was like, “How can I help solve this problem? I could be one of the people that would lead the way.” They say walk the talk. I decided to start a bakery and encourage the use of paper packaging as against plastic packaging.

Another thing I did was to create a network or partnership with other bakeries by educating them and also telling them about the benefits of using paper packaging against plastic packaging. Also, a trick about the whole thing was speaking with customers and giving them bonuses. If you come to my business and then you decide to use plastic because we have some cake packages that usually come with plastic and people love it. It’s fancy but that is not good for our environment. If you do want that, the good thing is what I was doing at my business. It’s for you to bring it back every time you order at a discount. I give you a discount for returning your plastic instead of giving you a whole new one, which was creating more waste to the environment.

[bctt tweet=”People may love plastic packages and look fancy to many. However, it is not good for the environment.” via=”no”]

You’re building circularity into the business so that you can create something that is more sustainable. Plastics are so ubiquitous. I have to say. It’s the one thing that keeps me from wanting to go out, for instance, and get food delivered to my home. If you want to go ahead and order takeout or carryout as they call it in different parts of the world, carry away, take away, some things to that effect. You’re getting it in plastic often and there’s a lot of waste. What do you do? You have a few select restaurants that will allow you to bring your own, but that’s such a rarity. We have a lot of waste around the food system that could be eliminated if we did things more smartly like what you’re advocating for.

That’s what we’ve been doing. We are also doing a lot of training and creating opportunities for other young people. My business is just not about selling products to people, we are also training people in households to learn how to bake. This all cuts down the plastic waste. People are like, “This is not a good business. If you’re training people, they might become competition for you or they wouldn’t patronize you.”

My main aim is to be a social enterprise. If I can do anything that I can to reduce that waste in the environment by encouraging families to bake their own products, that is all I’m focused. At the end of the day, we are looking for organizations that are also passionate about the same mission to support us through funding. We still have the funds to be able to carry out our goal while creating opportunities for other people.

Hats off to you. You’re not alone in advocating for this. There’s a fairly prominent vegan chef in the world here, Miyoko Schinner. She was the Founder of Miyoko’s Creamery, which is a vegan, cheese, and dairy replacement company. They make all sorts of things like butter and different fancy cheeses. They’re available all over grocery stores coast to coast in the United States. She is now separated from that effort and she’s advocating for people to learn to make their own vegan cheeses. Essentially saying, we don’t have to have one brand that you go to on a national scale. There doesn’t need to be one. We can have regional brands that are very successful in their backyards, that bring their own flavor, their own culture, and their own social connection to their local communities to their space.

You could have 5,000 vegan creameries if you wanted to and teach people to make their own at home too. Ultimately, you are moving people away from say an animal-based product that might be more wasteful, that might be more carbon intensive, and less good for the environment to something that can help them stay more connected to food, create something beautiful, and also be less wasteful in the end.

When people come forward with this real heart and soul of doing good and putting more good into the world, the ripple effects can be extreme, inspire people, create more opportunities, create more ideas, and better ways of doing things. Your efforts are going to have these strong ripple effects. I can see that you’ve got a big bright world ahead of you. What does the future look like? How much longer do you have in school?

I will be graduating coming this May 2024. I’m doing my dissertation in practicum and I’m doing research on lobster farming in Maine and the impact of global warming because as we all know, the waters are becoming warmer and the lobsters are migrating to colder environments. As a person who is enthused about climate change, I thought it was wise because I did a practicum pathway in Rockland, Maine on Hurricane Island close to Vinalhaven, and it was so fun. Also, getting to be in tune with nature at that point was so humbling for me.

In the future, what I see for myself in the next 2 to 3 years because I feel like I would need a lot of time to be where I want to be. At the moment, as you all know, I’m not called to the bar even though I have an LLB. I’ll be hoping to continue to pursue my Law degree. I’m hoping after my master’s, I might do an LLM if I am to pursue my Law degree and also sit for the bar exam. The most important aspect of my goal is to go back home and then set up and redefine my project. I want to be able to pick all the information that I’ve learned as a sustainability person because I’m doing sustainable international development.

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Education Equity: The most important aspect of my goal is to go back home and redefine my project. I want to share everything I’ve learned as a sustainability person.

 

One of the reasons why I decided to study this course is to empower myself and also be open to all the information I would need to be the advocate that I want to be. Also, to add that to the legal profession because all that counts. You need to be able to fight for these policy changes. Policies that do not help in terms of reducing emissions and all that. All that counts. I’m like, “I want to be all around and know all the information.” From that information, because I also did fundraising, one of the most important aspects is for me to be able to get the resources that I need to build up my project back home. Also to create more awareness and reach out to more people.

You might not know being here in the US, a lot of people have a lot of access to resources and information. Back home is very different. People could say, “You could use your social media platform.” That is not easy. Not everyone in these rural communities has access to phones and televisions. In order to get all these to them, you need to be able to have that platform or space in which people can easily walk to get access to this information. The most important aspect of my plan is to set up a center from which people can get information and we can also send people into the communities to be able to help them set up their businesses, especially the climate-smart agriculture aspects, and then I can say that I feel fulfilled.

That’s what I need to do in the next 2 to 3 years. Finish next year, go back home, and start my project. At this period, I’m redesigning, setting up my website, and also trying to see how I can leverage the CAMFED Association network. If you care to know, there are nearly 60,000 CAMFED Association members and more than 35,000 of these women have succeeded in setting up businesses.

That’s incredible. That’s a track record. What you’re saying about going back to Ghana, one of the reasons that some have stood out against this whole concept of giving you world-class educations is this concept of brain drain or bringing out the best and brightest from there and transporting them to America, to the UK, or to somewhere else, and then what’s left? Lydiah spoke about this with passion saying, “We need to put to bed this entire idea because there are plenty of people that are very skilled and bright that are right behind that individual ready to come forward and take charge too. What they lack is opportunity.”

If you are part of this solution and you are bringing opportunity from all of your experience back into the community and providing more resources, we can continue to see people around the globe rise up in their education levels, their ability to contribute, and their ability to find and seek solutions to some of the problems that would otherwise exist. Let’s say farming in a more wasteful way. You want to get more crops per drop of water. You want to ensure that you’re using the resources that are there. You want to build more sustainable and regenerative agriculture so that you can feed your families from local food that you procure and make.

All of that comes together to make for a vibrant cultural society. I applaud your work individually and the broader work of CAMFED. I enjoyed this conversation and I want to offer you the opportunity to leave our audience with perhaps a closing thought. I want to position this for you and say, build the dream of what you have for the future of Ghana. What does that look like?

For me, the dream for Ghana at the moment would be for people to be able to understand that the West and widows in Africa are far different but almost the same. The fact is that young people from these areas have similar dreams as young people here, but the difference is that access to resources. If people here and all around the world who are also passionate about seeing an equal world for us all can come together and rally behind us, those who have dreams. My goal would be or what I wish for Ghana is for most young people like myself that are dreaming for a change is for us to see the change that we want to see.

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Education Equity: Young people from disadvantaged areas have similar dreams to those in highly developed areas, but the difference is their access to resources.

 

I want to end by saying that I’d want people to come away from the show knowing that 95% of girls in the most disadvantaged communities in rural Africa never completed secondary school. We need to change that. How? Through a powerful sisterhood of young women, like the CAMFED Association, who like me, be the odds to go to school, succeed, and lead. With the support of people like your audience, we are making sure millions of people know that we get that chance. I would like to say, please donate to CAMFED because they’re doing amazing work there, and to organizations like mine because we all want to create the change that we want to see. If you believe in that change, please support us.

Thank you for that. I feel like there should be a connection to another guest that I’ve had on this show, Nana Aba Anamoah who is very well-known in Ghana. She’s a celebrity. She started her own charity called Hearts Wide Open which is specifically focused on helping to serve people in Ghana and ensure that they have the same access to medical care, for instance, to resources to help them get rid of addictions to things like Tramadol, and to ultimately lead a long and healthy life. There’s a lot of incredible work that is being done in these spaces. My hope is one day to be able to come and visit in person and see the progress that you’re making, whether it be in the rural areas of Ghana or in the big cities like Accra.

One of my aims, as I would say, was always to carry a lot of people when I’m going back to Africa because there’s so much that people have to say, but they haven’t seen or experienced it. It would be so good to have people like you and people who are also passionate about helping people like myself and the rest of the world to go there and see it. Sometimes I feel like widows who come here and we try to tell people that they don’t truly see the picture, but once you get to experience it, that’s when you realize that the realities are so different compared to what you imagined in your mind.

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Education Equity: Many people do not see the full picture of the life in rural areas. But when they got to experience it, they realize that their realities are so different compared to what they have imagined in their minds.

 

For me, I’ve been through much of Mexico and a lot of Europe. I’ve also been to the Far East and throughout Australia, but I’ve never made it to Africa. In each of these cases, I had the same feeling. I thought I understood a little bit about the culture because I also studied anthropology as my undergrad. I read a lot about different cultures of the world. I studied Archeology. I’ve done digs in France and in Central California. I spent a lot of time thinking about what makes people different and similar. Understanding cultures of the world and how differently you can approach the same social problem, like how you present yourself or how you introduce yourself.

The differences that we all have are beautiful because cultural expression is unique to groups of people. We develop such interesting and elaborate beautiful traditions that make us diverse and interesting. In my world, no way it’s better. There are just differences and each of them can be wonderful to explore. I’ve never encountered a people or a culture that I wouldn’t have wanted to spend more time in. I hope to get there at some point soon. Perhaps with my kids, bring them along for the ride.

That would be a great adventure with your family, I’m sure.

Thank you so much, Rosalinda, for your work. Thank you to CAMFED for everything that you’re doing to put good into the world. I want to watch your journey. I can see that you’re going to be a rising star and I’d love to invite you back to talk more deeply about your work with your not-for-profit after you finish your schooling. You are putting 100% of your effort into that. I’m sure we’ll see great things.

Thank you.

What an enlightening discussion with Rosalinda. I have to say that it’s individuals like her that give me hope for the future. You’ve often heard people say that children are our future or young people are our future. The reality of this world now is that we’re facing climate change and disasters in areas around the globe that we all need to engage with. She and many like her are tackling those challenges too. They likely have a little longer to spend on this earth than I do left to help these things move forward. I’m going to put my endorsement and my effort behind people like Rosalinda and CAMFED because ultimately, they’re helping those rising tides to float all the boats of the cultures around the world so that we can create a better future.

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  • Rosalinda Agana

    Rosalinda Agana grew up in Northern Ghana and completed her education against great odds. Selected to receive a CAMFED scholarship to study law, Rosalinda joined the pan-African CAMFED Association of women leaders. She is trained as a Learner Guide, delivering CAMFED’s self-development curriculum to marginalized students. At university, Rosalinda founded a non-profit organization to support teenage mothers with income-generating skills. In 2019, she started a climate-smart agriculture enterprise, providing employment for rural women, growing and processing peanuts, soya, and potatoes. A passionate youth advocate, Rosalinda’s platforms have included the Youth Diplomacy Summit in Accra, the Baobab Summit in Kigali, and the Youth Agriculture Summit in Brasilia. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University, USA.

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