In 1997, John William Montessori School (JWMS) was established in Kumasi, Ghana by Nana and her husband, John. JWMS was named for her late husband, John, a professor, and her son, William, the "main supports" in her life. Nana and John used their personal funds to open JWMS.
The Boards of Directors for VAM and JWMS voted to include the school as a VAM major project after the loss of Mr. Randall.
Today the school is highly regarded by the Ministry of Education. Enrollment has grown from 36 to over 750 students, an average of 40 students graduate annually and over 100 graduates have moved on to higher education. Charitable donations and tuition is crucial to its continued success.
Voices of African Mothers (VAM) a non-governmental organization founded by Nana Fosu-Randall has formally established a centre to care for children with Autism Spectrum Disease this 2015 academic year at the John William Montessori School (JWMS), which was founded by Mrs. Randall and her late husband Prof. John L. Randall.
According to Mrs. Randall, JWMS has accepted children with Autism over the years and currently has 10 children. However; with this official launching of a formal center, they will be able to help more children.
|Akwesi Ofori, diagnosed with Autism sitting with Mrs. Fosu-Randall (Grandma)||Emmanuel Akwasi Nyamekye, diagnosed with Autism working on his studies.|
She also stated that “Some of the Autistic children we have cared for over the years have already been trained to become successful in academic and home economic skills. Based on the good results we have had in the past ten years, we have it in mind to continue this work ... that makes me hopeful and happy”.
Mrs. Randall mentioned that the children’s daily activities are structured by a team of nurses and teachers led by Dr. Kwaku Banfo Bandoh.
VAM welcomes all support from individuals, organizations and foundations to help us continue to enroll and educate children who are suffering from Autism Spectrum Disease, instead of allowing them to be neglected.
We sincerely thank our individual donors and organizations for their support over the years!
Reported by: Syxtus Eshun