Meet Peace Regina Hyde. She's one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Waislitz Global Citizen Award, which gives a total of $100,000 to three individuals who excel in their work to end extreme poverty. And she needs you to vote to make her one of the three winners! After Global Citizens around the world pick their three favorites, an expert panel of judges will rank them in first, second, and third place. Peace could win up to $50,000 with your help! Vote here.
Name of Applicant: Peace Regina Hyde
Organization: Aim Higher Africa
Title / Position: Founder
Issue Area(s): Girls & Women | Health | Education
Region of Work: Africa –– Ghana, Nigeria
About Aim Higher Africa
Aim Higher Africa is a non-profit dedicated to enriching education with the use of information and communication technology. We create original web series and television shows targeted at preteens, teenagers, and young adults to help build a global generation of entrepreneurs who create positive impacts in their communities.
We started Aim Higher Africa in Ghana about 3 years ago to tackle the problem of inefficiencies in education. The organization was initially focused on helping private schools streamline their processes and bring them more in line with international teaching standards. Since then, we have evolved as an organization. We have kept our core value of education reform and also expanded into social initiatives that drive the wider education goals of the organization.
Today we partner with schools in Ghana and across Africa. We have created several initiatives, one of which is our digital classroom. We began with the 31st December Women’s Movement schools, founded by the former first lady of Ghana. The cluster of schools comprise about 1,200 learning institutions ranging from early learning centers to secondary schools. With our media content platforms, we generate money through sponsorships which we pump back into our social cause.
To help end the growing youth unemployment in Africa and build the next generation of entrepreneurs through education and information technology, and to create sustainable economic change by educating, inspiring, and empowering Africa.
Why Peace Should Win This Award
We started Aim Higher Africa in Ghana about three years ago to tackle the problem of inefficiencies in education. The organization was initially focused on helping private schools streamline their processes and bring them more in line with international teaching standards. Since then, we have evolved as an organization. We have kept our core value of education reform and also expanded into social initiatives that drive the wider education goals of the organization.
An important aspect of what we do is alleviate poverty through the power of education and technology. We decided to take a hard look at the problem of children living in the streets in Africa, and its long-term effects on the moral fabric of the nation, as well as its socio-economic impacts. .
It’s a hard battle to fight simply due to the sheer number of street children in Ghana. An estimated 25,000 children live in the streets in the greater Accra area alone. Children in these living conditions are exposed to abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. They often resort to stealing in order to survive. Most of these children migrate from other parts of the country in search of life-changing opportunities.
I believe the only difference between a child in the street and a child at home is opportunity. We need to do more as a nation to create opportunities that remove every child from our streets. Formal education is just as important as having entrepreneurial skills. Before we give them the tools necessary to embark on their entrepreneurial journey, children need to be educated. Even the most business-savvy entrepreneurs need basic educational skills as building blocks.
Our results so far have been astonishing.Through our initiative, we develop programs that target the most vulnerable students and equip them with entrepreneurial skills. We have a strong media focus where we create entrepreneurial content made by young people from impoverished communities. We pitch this content to major sponsors to raise money to sustain our programs. Currently, we have raised more than $200,000, reached over 2 million young people, started more than 300 small businesses, and put more than 300 children who live on the street into schools.
At Aim Higher Africa, we believe the only way to alleviate poverty is through entrepreneurship. Through our educational programs, we strive to equip impoverished communities with the toolkit for a prosperous future.
Facebook: @Aim Higher Africa