Vida Konadu Agyeman
As an innovative and solution-driven teacher who has actively worked to provide quality education to girls in an underserved community, Vida dreams of becoming a social entrepreneur who promotes gender equality and combats poverty in rural
Ghana. She hopes her Empowered to Educate fellowship will provide her an opportunity to socially and economically elevate the lives of disadvantaged girls in Ghana.
Vida is a Lead for Ghana Fellow and founder of The Glory Women Foundation. At Lead for Ghana, she focuses on classroom management, student engagement, mentoring, and teaching Integrated Science. As a lover of science and a devoted community changemaker, Vida is determined to change the narrative of girls overlooking science as a plausible career path. That is what drove her to remodel the teaching methodology for Integrated Science at Takuve D/A Basic School; because of her innovation, the 2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination results showed that the school’s first-ever recipient of an aggregate 1 score in science was a girl.
This same passion fueled Vida’s creation of the Glory Women Foundation, which empowers women in rural communities in Volta Region, Western Region, and Upper West Region of Ghana with vocational skills. Entrepreneurship skills in soap making, beading, and tie dye not only improve each woman’s socioeconomic conditions but also helps them build sustainable homes. Vida also leads an Adolescent Health Club that serves as a safe space for discussion; as a team, they secured and distributed over 200 reusable sanitary pads to local girls who could not afford them. In addition, Vida is a coordinator for the Impacting Teenage Mothers group. It provides a space for teen mothers to share their challenges, receive mentorship, and eventually become coaches to other girls in the community.