“Couldn’t have started my NGO without BlueCrest”
At an age when most students decide to chase best-paying jobs and high-profile careers, Agnes Kattah chose to use her education to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children and teenagers. She set up her NGO, Behind The Page, with some of her school friends in 2016 when she was just a 20-year-old first-year Mass Communications student at Accra’s BlueCrest College.
In an interview, Kattah recalled the experience that prompted her to start the NGO. She used to meet a little girl on her way to the church. Every time the girl asked for money, Kattah used to give her, but one day she did not have enough money with her to give away.
“So I told her that and thought she would be disappointed and leave. But, to my amazement, she stayed on, walked with me to a point, and she left cheerful. The next time we met, she took me to meet her dad and showed me the place where they slept at night. Honestly, it was at that point I told myself that there was something we could do in our little way to help people like her who, by no fault of theirs, suffer situations of such nature or worse.”
She said it was not an easy decision to set up the NGO because the founding team had neither finances nor experience. “But hey, two years down the line and we’ve pulled three major life-changing projects.”
Kattah, now specialising in public relations as a final-year student at the BlueCrest School of Business and Communications, says she wants to study law further so that she can “defend the rights of children, women and generally people who need justice”.
She credits her college for installing confidence in her to start this social venture.
“I’d say this any day that most of the major decisions I’ve taken on this journey were because of the learning environment that BlueCrest created for me. Constant class presentations help me become a more confident person and believe that I can be very productive in the work environment. I don’t think I would have started an NGO with my friends if I didn’t get the practical training and knowledge at BlueCrest.”
In her spare time, Kattah enjoys making snacks and singing. She believes that young people should always have a passion for acquiring new skills and making a positive difference in society in any way possible.