History: The 12-Year Long Journey To Fulfill A Dream – 2017 Was Awesome
The Telescope International has been through a lot to get to its current state. Things have not been so rosy for us but through it all, we have stayed true to the vision and now, we believe we have made a lot of impact.
One person that we will always be thankful for is our Founder and Continental Executive Director, Mr. Twumasi-Minkah David. He has had so much impact on all the many students who have passed through our training and mentorship programmes.
This is his testimony about how far Telescope has come.
Testimony Of Mr. Twumasi-Minkah David (Our Founder and Continental Executive Director)
Once again a new year has begun and it’s time to look back on what was achieved in the past year. 2017 marked a very special year for me because, it marked a decade since I decided to take up The Telescope International as a full time job.
- 10 years of determination.
- 10 years of hard work and
- 10 years of achievements that I’m proud of.
Though the vision started in December 2005, it was when I got out of school in 2007 that I decided to take it up full time.
As an Electrical Engineer by profession, I had several opportunities to practice my trade. However, none of them resonated with me as much as my passion to see this dream of “The Telescope” become a reality. I have always maintained that “The Telescope” is a calling (not a religious one though) and I’m just an instrument being used to see to its realization.
10 years down the line, I look back and I’m quite impressed with what has been achieved so far. I remember the early days of “The Telescope”, back at the campus of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa – Ghana. It’s been over 10 years, but I vividly remember them as if they were yesterday. There have been a lot of ups and downs but 2017 really crowned the successes.
Achievements In 2017
- A new Board Of Trustees was appointed for The Telescope International.
- Campus Fila news and information platform got a new website in addition to the newspaper, TV show and Radio versions.
- The Telescope Training And Mentorship Academy (TMA), was successfully started with an initial sign up of 100 students.
- We successfully introduced the Junior Chapters of TTCJN in Senior High Schools (we are now in the high schools as well as tertiary institutions).
- We successfully introduced the Research and Thesis Assistant Programme (Re-TAP) for Postgraduate students.
- We successfully executed our Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme and made a great impact in both northern and southern Ghana. We delivered over 150 hours of tuition and impacted the lives of 1169 pupils out of a total student population of 1524 (76.71%) in the five basic schools that we undertook the project in.
- Members of TTCJN were successfully trained in TV & Radio Production, programming and NGO work through our 5th InterChapter Congress and practical training sessions at Focus FM at KNUST.
- We successfully added more campuses to the Tertiary Chapters of TTCJN.
The list goes on and on and on. But these are the top achievements we had in 2017. I know 2018 is going to be a lot better because already, it has begun on a very powerful and exciting note. When it all started, my vision was to have The Telescope established at all levels of education in the country.
From the basic level, all the way to the postgraduate level. Now, after over 12 years, I can confidently say that, that vision has been achieved. Below are our operations at the basic levels of education in Ghana.
- Basic Level – Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme.
- Senior High Level – TTCJN (Junior Chapters)
- Tertiary Level – TTCJN (Tertiary Chapters)
- Postgraduate Level – Research and Thesis Assistant Programme (Re-TAP) for Postgraduate students.
So now we cover all levels of education in the country. It’s not been easy, but we have made it.
To God Be The Glory.