Meet Kelvin Gyekye

"As a teacher I can build the framework that helps my students to understand, respond and solve some of the global problems that engulf the world."

What inspires you?

What really inspires me is my students, mostly in that they have all the energy and they have all this curiosity, but they have no framework to put it in. And so, it's a great opportunity for me to be a young teacher. I can build the framework and then watch how amazing the things that they learn must be part of them in order to respond and solve some of the global problems that we engulf in this world.

Tell us about an issue that matters to you and how you became aware and involved.

Teenage pregnancy and childbirth is really a matter to focus on and pay attention so that it wont affect the next generation. This is why we, as young adult working as team, have to see how best we can control or minimize this issue and the problem. Teenage pregnancy is an issue of pandemic proportions in Africa. What is happening in Liberia is not very unique to Liberia, it’s a problem that we are facing in very many countries in Africa.Teenage pregnancy is really an issue that has a very serious negative consequences for girls, for the development of communities, and for the development of countries. It’s a whole host of things really that contribute to maternal mortality. You have to look at it from the problems that women face right from when they are girls. The also harmful traditional practices such as early marriage, where in very many African cultures it is okay for a girl to get married the moment she reaches puberty. Now if we look the age at which girls are giving birth and getting married, there are quite a number of shocking things. It is quite shocking when you speak to a 16 year old girl who tells you that she got pregnant but she had no idea she would get pregnant. She had sex, it was unprotected sex, but she had no idea that she would get pregnant. So that’s quite sad for me, a young adult as well. And then it’s also really shocking to find 19 year old girls as I found in West Africa Liberia, who are already married and with children, and the society does not see anything wrong with that. In fact this is encouraged in their societies. The younger you get married the better because then they believe you can produce more children, but ironically it is the same childbearing process that is killing these women and children, and we really don’t think that is a serious issue.

Share your perspectives on what makes a good leader.

A good leader doesn’t think that he or she knows everything, or always knows better than other people. A good leader takes the lead. A good leader has personality, courage, clear vision with ambition to succeed. Also encourages the team to perform their optimum all the time and drives organisational success.

Do you think TakingITGlobal can help you achieve some of your goals? Have we already?

Yes, TakingITGlobal will help me in time to come and I also believe that they've been helping most young adults around the world to be heard through the proper organization that they have put in place on the internet by encouraging youth to share their stories. Moreover TalkingITGlobal has all the experience to publish our stories to the world through their interest, therefore I said "Bravo" to the general committee because when it comes to youth program they are the best.


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