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Ghana: 41-year-old Woman, Felicitas Naa Returns to School to Realize Her Dream

A Ghanaian who enrolled in junior high school at the age of 41 is about to realize her dream of becoming a health worker.

The inspiring story of Felicitas Naa demonstrates that conviction and determination are factors of constant success.

Born in Tamale, Felicitas attended elementary and secondary school in the Northern Region. When she was 18, she fell in love with a man who promised to help her continue her education at the time of her marriage. Excited by this proposal, Felicitas jumped at the chance and eventually married at the age of 18.

However, things did not go as planned. Her husband could not help him to continue his studies. rather, he himself continued his studies. Over time, the man began to complain about Felicitas’ low level of education.

“He always complained about my low level of education,” she told Graphic Online.

As life became more and more difficult, she started selling bread and sewing to make money. Her marriage finally collapsed, leaving her in a state of absolute depression, with no stable source of income and with three children. But rather than give up, Felicitas decided to try her luck by returning to school to learn.

Ghana: 41-year-old woman returns to school to realize her dream

“I had to get up and start all over again. I was 40 years old then. It was time for me to decide if it was too late or if I would do it again. I chose the last option, “she says.

In 2006, she decided to go back to school. Curiously, she was 41 when she decided to go to high school.

But there was a worry. After 22 years, the education system had changed. All the high schools that Felicitas had tried to integrate did not accept it.

She was therefore required to write the Basic Education Certificate Exam (BECE) as a prerequisite for entering high school.

“I was determined to go back to school so it was not a difficult decision for me.” She finally enrolled at Pedu MA Basic School after many unsuccessful attempts.

“I had to comb my hair, sew my uniforms and get ready to go to school,” she recalls.

Ghana: 41-year-old woman returns to school to realize her dream

“At that time, my first daughter had completed high school,” she added. She completed the first cycle of high school in 2009, and was admitted to Oguaa Technical College to pursue general art courses.

Felicitas is currently a trainee at the Tamale School of Hygiene, where she will graduate this year (2019) as a health worker.

“It’s a good decision I made. I am happy to have made this decision to go back to school. It completely changed my life.

“I have friends that I could not have had. I can better understand my children and I look even younger now, “she says of her inspirational journey.

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