Change-Maker Program – April 2019
Speaker Series: Theophilus Tawiah, JD
GEC Attendees: Derrick (Program Coordinator),Emmanuel (SS 1), Pricilla (SS 1), Amatu (SS 1), Frank (JSS 2), Richard (JSS 2), Millicent (JSS 1), Linda (Class 6), Shelia (Class 6)
GEC Student Guests: Jennifer (JSS 2), Raphael (Class 4), Ebenezer (Class 6), Emmanuel (JSS 3)
Description: As a part of GEC’s 2019 Changemaker Program students learn about famous figures past and present, about historically significant events, as well as community events and movements throughout Ghana. This helps the students reflect on an ever changing society and their roles within it. Several students in GEC are interested in pursuing a legal profession. We were honored to have Theophilus Tawiah come and speak to the students.
Mr. Tawiah is a managing partner at Noisfields, a law firm in East Legon. He is also the Chairman of the Tax and Commercial Policy Committee at the UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce and a law lecturer at the University of Professional Studies in Accra. He has worked in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He has also worked at Ernst and Young as well as with the World Bank. It is with this vast experience that he was able to speak with the GEC students about what it means to be a change maker.
Mr. Tawiah completed his undergraduate studies at the Cape Coast University in accounting. He shared with the students the disappointed he initially experienced by not being admitted into the law program at Cape Coast University. Yet, he used his story of determination and hardwork to demonstrate to the students many roads to your dream. He pushed the students on what it meant for each of them individually to be a changemaker. He used his life story to demonstrate to them the importance of hard-work, persistence and a belief in self to be the absolute best in whatever field you choose. He left the students by saying “ Nothing comes free, you need to work hard for it. All hard work brings profit but a mere saying brings poverty.