Join us on the SAS Facebook page for the next segment of the Wavelengths Alumni Series!
Date: Wednesday, July 14
Time: 5:00 p.m. MDT
Location: Online via SAS Facebook Page
Lifelong Learner Alumna Nancy Tietge will lead a panel discussion with Barb Allison and Fredrick Benneh, the Co-Founders of the GodFreds Foundation, along with Mike Allison, Barb’s husband. The Mission of The Godfreds Foundation is to build and operate a low cost, sustainable, private school which promotes a positive learning environment using innovative teaching methods, while maintaining local traditions and following mandated curriculum. Our belief is that this model will serve as an example of a new way of educating children in rural Ghana, and will help prepare them for success on their national exams, which are so important in determining their future educational and career opportunities.
Fredrick Benneh Frimpong, or Fred, was born and raised in Berekum-Senase, Ghana. He graduated from the Hotel Catering and Tourism Institute at Greenhill College in Accra, Ghana. Fred started his first social enterprise, Can Do Tours, at the age of 18 in 2009. In September of 2011 he enrolled in the University of Ghana, Legon. After just two weeks in Legon, he was awarded a full scholarship by the Ghanaian government to study in Turkey. He then studied the Turkish language for seven months at Ankara University before starting his main courses in International Trade and Finance at Istanbul University. In September of 2013, Fred had the opportunity to attend Hult International Business School in London, where he studied Social Entrepreneurship. While at Hult, Fred founded and ran a charity club with the goal of improving education in various countries in throughout the world, for which he was awarded Best New Club on campus at the end of the year. Fred took a one-year hiatus from Hult to study at The University of San Diego in San Diego, California, but is now finishing up his studies at Hult. Fred is very enthusiastic about helping his communities and has been committed to various foundations for years. Fred strongly believes that Education is the only way to eradicate poverty in his community and the world. Through The GodFreds Foundation, we, together with you, will bring hope to the world. Starting with one child at a time.
Barbara Allison was born and raised in La Cañada Flintridge, California. She attended the University of Redlands where she received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Barbara and her husband Mike have four children, and reside in La Verne, California. Barbara is a member of the Semester at Sea Parent Council, which led her to sail around the world as a Life Long Learner in the spring of 2013. It was during this voyage that she met Fredrick Benneh Frimpong and became aware of the desperate need to bring quality educational opportunities to children in these remote villages in Ghana. She is hoping through The GodFreds Foundation to build a healthy and challenging school environment so that these bright young students can have successful and happy futures.