HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN RECOGNISES GHANAIAN VOLUNTEERS WITH COMMONWEALTH POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN RECOGNISES GHANAIAN VOLUNTEERS WITH COMMONWEALTH POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has recognised Josephine Marie Godwyll and Martin Bruce,  representing Ghana, as the joint 179th Commonwealth Points of Light recipients in honour of  their exceptional voluntary service improving access to digital education. 

Today (9th June) in Accra British High Commissioner Iain Walker awarded Josephine and  Martin with Points of Lights certificate on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Josephine and Martin are co-founders of ‘Young At Heart Ghana’, an initiative improving  access to digital education for over 8,000 children and young people in rural and  disadvantaged communities. Their mission is to provide solutions to the needs of children in  Ghana with regards to their education in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).  

The Young at Heart free ‘The Teacher App’ provides a range of home-learning modules for  children aged 8 – 14. These modules focus on science, technology, engineering and  mathematics (STEM), as well as literacy and art. Participants receive module instructions and  activities every week. The program also enables parents, who are having to act as teachers,  to access a network of teachers and mentors who can provide extra support and answer  questions.  

After meeting with High Commissioner Iain Walker, Josephine Marie Godwyll and  Martin Bruce said:  

“Technology has great potential in filling the gaps of knowledge and skills transfer. We  are excited to lead a team of young innovators who are committed to creating solutions  that unleash this potential.  

“We are grateful to Her Majesty The Queen and the British High Commission Ghana for  this award – which further strengthens us on our journey as ‘Points of Light’ in our  communities and beyond.”

The Points of Light awards recognises outstanding volunteers from around the world – people  whose service is making a difference in their communities and whose story can inspire others  to creative innovative solutions to social challenges. 

British High Commissioner to Ghana Iain Walker said:  

“I will never fail to be inspired by the stories of the men, women and organisations who  at the height of the global pandemic, pivoted away from their normal work and provided  a life-line to some of the world’s most vulnerable.  

“As schools across Ghana were forced to close last year the Young at Heart team  supported the work of the Ministry of Education to make sure that children continued to  receive quality and vital education despite the restrictions and difficulties caused by  COVID-19. It is an honour to meet Josephine and Martin in person to congratulate them  on their success.” 

As part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London 2018,  Her Majesty The Queen, awards a Point of Light to inspirational volunteers from across the  54 Commonwealth nations. 

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