Salah is a 22-year-old ‘kayayo’ in Accra. She passed the 2018 WASSCE with excellent results while others with great opportunities at their disposal failed and could not gain admission to the University.
Sadly, she has not been able to further her education to become the nurse she wants to be. 3news.com first shared the touching story of the 22-year-old Abudu Salah who lives in a slum in Accra.
She never allowed her situation to frustrate her hence she took to being a Kayayo thus a head porter to make ends meet and save towards her education.
According to the story, the 22-year-old has suffered some form of abuse, and poverty but has defied the odds to get her Senior High School education. That is a high level of resilience there. For the sake of such persons, the Free SHS should have come early.
Her results were breathtaking as she attained six A’s and two B’s. The West African Examination Council (WAEC) referred to her out of this world performance as an excellent performance by all standards. She enrolled her self in SHS through her own savings and some support from her mum.
Salah is a native of Mamprugo, in Ghana the Northern Region. Many of the youth in this part of the country move to the south to seek for greener pastures by either working as porters or selling roasted corn along Accra’s busy street and in Kumasi.
She is a proud ambassador of Ken Hammer Senior High Technical School (KENHASS) located in Goaso, in Brong Ahafo region in Ghana. Ken Hammer Senior High Technical School (KENHASS) is a fast-growing modern brand of Senior High Technical School
The school operates in partnership with its development partners. The school started with a population of 55 students in 2010, this dropped to just 18 after the 3rd year. However, the school can now boast of almost 1300 students as at January 2017.
Salah is a peer educator on Ending Child Marriage implemented by the Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP) and supported by UNFPA.
Narrating in an interview how her journey to SHS began, Salah disclosed she got herself registered into the Senior High School (SHS) to further her education through personal savings which she acquired working as Kayayo with just a little support from her mother, a petty trader in the north.