Nothing can stop the power of young people on a mission to positively impact their community. This has been the success story of the Barcamp programme in Ho which has been organised for five (5) successive years. Barcamp Ho birthed the Junior Camp Ghana program; a mentoring programme for senior high school students to aspire and reach for greater heights in life. The Junior Camp Ghana lead, Nathaniel Alpha, who was a student of Ketasco when he attended his first Barcamp in Ho in 2012, was present to talk about the progress and growth of the program. The Barcamp Ho coordinator, Courage Tetteh, opined before the event that, “The onus lies on youth to save society from the misery of mediocrity in every facet of community. The solution to the myriad of challenges around us can be diagnosed through idea exchange”.
Barcamp is a networking and discussion forum organised by the Barcamp Ghana Team of GhanaThink Foundation. Barcamp events are a day of discussion on topics surrounding the development of the region. Barcamp Ho 2015 happened on October 24, 2015 at the University of Health and Allied Sciences Campus (UHAS) in Ho – Volta Region of Ghana. The theme for the event which was “Youth as leaders of community development“, brought together enthusiastic change makers and doers in Ho for a discussion on their roles in community development of the region.
Participants of Barcamp Ho’15 were privileged to be mentored by experts from diverse fields. Some of the mentors who attended the event include: Mary Eyram Ashinyo (Medical Doctor), Bright Dey (ICT Coordinator), Akpablie King Nobert (Citi FM), Dzidudu Darkey-Mensah (Playwright), Prince Kotoko (Savana Signatures), Solomon Yao-Say Selorm Adade (Dietician), Mawuli Adzoe (Tech Entrepreneur), Leonard lumor (Chaufra Theatre Group), Kwadwo Duodu (Daily Guide), Cephas Kojo Jr Quarshie (Leadership coach), Edwina Crankson (Winnies Cakes), King David Suitor (Wakeup Volta), Bismark Tay (Leadership coach), Kafui Adzah (CookHouse), among many other esteemed mentors.
Reach for Change Ambassador, Kofi Biney was in attendance of the event to tell his success story and encourage more action-oriented young people to take advantage of the Tigo Digital Changemakers competition to receive funding and support for the community initiatives. Ernest Gavor, who has also benefited from Reach for Change’s program and runs the Moja app, also spoke about his experience.
One of the highlights of Barcamp Ho was the cutting of the 5th year anniversary cake and popping of champagne. Edwina Crankson attended Barcamp Ho 2012 and was mentored by Regina Agyare of Soronko Solutions. She was inspired by that and started the Winnies Cake business which was thrived. She made the anniversary cake and was on hand to celebrate with the Barcamp attendees. She also mentored at Barcamp Ho 2014.
Below are a number of media posts about Barcamp Ho 2015.