This fall, NYU, in collaboration with Fundación Mujeres Por África, the University of Ghana, and Banco Santander, announced the launch of The Ghana Wins! Project, an initiative designed to develop and promote leadership skills in Ghanaian women. Select Ghanaian women will receive training and assistance from the NYU College of Nursing (NYUCN), the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service to help address Ghana’s critical health care and education needs.
“The needs in developing countries are great, but the more health resources that are developed, the better off the country will be,” says NYUCN’s Yvonne Wesley, co-director of the project. The project’s director, NYUCN’s Mattia Gilmartin, adds, “Ghana is dealing with increases in diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as we are here. One goal of our program is to teach the participating nurses skills to improve the quality of care in their local settings.”
Each school has been awarded a grant from Banco Santander to implement its portion of the project. NYUCN is the first to begin, launching the four-year Ghanaian Nurse Leaders Program, which addresses a fundamental need of the Ghanaian nursing profession—the development of a corps of nurses that can improve health system management and clinical practice.
Project Director Kristie Patten Koenig, along with assistant professor of education Rose Vukovic, will direct Steinhardt’s Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fellowship Program. The program, which beings recruitment in January 2013, will provide professional development, support, and leadership training to educators.
“We know that education is key to economic development, stability, and equality in developing countries, especially the education of girls and women,” says Koenig.