Mr. Richard O. Opoku, Project Director of Special Attention Project (SAP) Ghana emerged an award winner at the Humanitarian Awards Ghana 2020.
The award was in recognition of Mr. Opoku’s dedicated and meritorious services to children with learning difficulties and their families in Ghana.
For his prize, Mr. Opoku received a plague and certificate, part of which read: “In recognition of your outstanding work and commitment to humanitarian activities to make this world a better place.”
The awards night held at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Saturday, October 3, 2020, was under the theme: “Celebrating Change Makers.”
It seeks to recognize and celebrate the exceptional contributions of change-makers in promoting transformation in the lives of people, especially the vulnerable in society.
Speaking after the receiving the award, Mr. Opoku expressed excitement, saying “I’m pleased and honoured”. He said the award was in recognition of the important work his team members and organisation do in improving learning outcomes of children with learning disabilities and in promoting quality and inclusion education.
Touching on Ghana’s upcoming elections in December 2020, Mr. Opoku asked Ghanaians to uphold the aura of peace the country enjoys.
“For some of us who haven’t experienced political instability before, let the COVID-19 lockdown serves as a salutary lesson to us. Only two to three weeks stay-at-home order, we became restive and felt like a huge millstone hanged around our necks.”
“This should tell us that we cannot sacrifice the peace and freedom we have on the altar of political expediency. The resounding call I want to make is that all of us must value the one life that we have to live,” Mr. Opoku emphasised.
Mr. Opoku is a communication and development practitioner, rights and inclusive education advocate. He has achieved creditable results, creating innovative learning solutions for children with learning difficulties, such as Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
He has an unparalleled record of raising awareness about learning difficulties and inclusive education in Ghana. He is a regular panelist and presenter on media and national programmes on learning difficulties and inclusive education, and his work has gained steam in Ghana and beyond.
In recognition of his dedicated services and work, Mr. Opoku was invited by Dyslexia Nigeria as a panelist in November 2019 at the First Annual Africa Dyslexia Dialogue, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.