The founders of ECA share a dream of an Africa where all school-age children are enrolled and excelling in school.
Educate a Child in Africa (ECA) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that supports student achievement and school improvement in Africa. ECA achieves its goals in two ways: (i) through Play and Learn games and activities; and, (ii) by fostering family and community engagement in education.
ECA’s Play and Learn activities motivate and inspire young Africans to be passionate about civic engagement and leadership by immersing them in a mixture of cooperative games, theatre, art, science projects, music, discussions, multimedia activities, etc.
ECA organizes activities for parents, communities, and educators. ECA’s primary goal in this regard is to strengthen the partnership between all the stakeholders involved in education so that they can work as a cohesive team to support student achievement and school improvement.
Give a child a future.
ECA was founded by Divine Gordon Asaah, Gideon Azefack Asaah and Brain Nkengafac.
Executive Director Divine Gordon Asaah has over twelve years experience in business management in Europe and the United States. He has served as an operations manager for the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), in Mainz, Germany; the U.S. military’s Morale Welfare Recreation (MWR), at Fort Irwin, California; and, the Decurion Corporation’s ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California. Divine Gordon Asaah has also volunteered at educational organizations such as the African Education Initiative at Harvard University, African Community Education in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Citizens of the World Charter School in Los Angeles, California, amongst others. He has also served as a research assistant at Project Zero, an educational research institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Divine Gordon Asaah is a member of Harvard University’s Innovation Laboratory, where he is developing some of Educate a Child in Africa’s initiatives in collaboration with fellow Harvard students.
Chief Operating Officer Gideon Azefack Asaah is a social entrepreneur with over eight years of experience working with young people in Africa. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Dschang, Cameroon, he volunteered for Heifer Project International (HPI) before working as a manager and controller finance. He played an instrumental role in laying the foundation for the Organization for Gender, Civic Engagement and Youth Development (OGCEYOD), an NGO based in Limbe, Cameroon. There, he developed programs, set up the management structure, and coordinated diverse projects including one with UNICEF geared at supporting orphans and vulnerable children in the South West Region of Cameroon. As co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Educate a Child in Africa, Gideon Azefack Asaah is responsible for executing Educate a Child in Africa’s projects in Africa. He runs operations at Educate a Child in Africa’s head office in Limbe and works hand-in-hand with the executive director to develop all of ECA’s programs. In 2014, Gideon Azefack Asaah was invited to serve as the Building Bridges ambassador of Cameroon by the Building Bridges Foundation. His mission as ambassador was to sensitize young Africans on the importance of taking part in the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is a member of several educational coalitions where he advocates for quality education in Africa. He has collaborated with many organizations and establishments, including: the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Voice of Women Initiative (VOW), Girls Excel, Building Bridges Foundation, Cameroon’s ministries of Social Affairs and Secondary Education.
Chief Financial Officer Brain Nkengafac is a business manager with almost ten years experience. He lives in London, UK.
ECA is headquartered in Limbe, Cameroon, with a branch office in Boston, Massachusetts.
ECA has no religious or political affiliations.