Spotlight on Rachel at Barcamp: Bringing people & ideas together in Ghana
Barcamp Ghana works to bring youth together for “un-conferences”, informal spaces for learning and training opportunities. Since its inception in 2008, the program has engaged over 8,000 young Ghanaians through 72 Barcamp un-conferences, equipping participants with skills in technology and entrepreneurship.
Rachel Hormeku heads Barcamp’s marketing and promotional work, and joined EWB’s Kumvana program to gain communication and digital marketing skills to become more effective in her role. Since her Kumvana Fellowship in 2017, Rachel has applied newly-acquired knowledge and skills to a project she leads Teaching Computer Basics to students. Prior to Kumvana, only students were being introduced to and trained in digital technologies. She leveraged her new understanding of systems-thinking to expand the program to train teachers as well. Including teachers in the program means more students can reach a deeper level of understanding as they have regular support to continue learning after the computer training program ends.
Returning to work, Rachel’s supervisors noticed the tremendous growth in Rachel’s leadership skills through the Kumvana program. She has since taken on the responsibility of managing a group of six graduates from the University of Cape Coast who came to work at the Public Affairs office of the University. Rachel continues to apply new digital and visual communication skills she learned to support an online learning and self-development community for young Ghanaians.