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2016 International Day of People with Disabilities- film screening and discussion

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana-US Inc on 3rd December, 2016 will be hosting a film screening and panel discussion featuring a film by Bismark Aryee called Nubuke: A New Dawn.

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Bismark Aryee

Bismark Aryee

Bismark Aryee is the silver category winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Documentary film festival Best Student Film (Silver) ( Mr. Aryee holds a bachelor of fine arts in film and TV production. He has a diploma in graphic and web design from Tema secondary school (2010). Mr. Aryee has professional experience in directing, editing, graphic design, and cinematography. He is the team leader of Filifilli studios and co-founder of The Cinema Review GH.
Becky Curran

Becky Curran

Becky Curran is and International Motivational Speaker and coordinator of several diversity and inclusion efforts within the entertainment and news media industries. Becky has worked for one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, Creative Artists Agency and one of the top studios, CBS Television Studios. A prolific public speaker, Curran has spoken for groups throughout the United States and Kenya. She resides in New York City. Becky is a member of the NYC leadership team of Diversability, an award-winning social enterprise to rebrand disability through the power of community

Anita Altman

Anita Altman, Festival Co-Founder; Chair of National Advisory Committee ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival In her almost 3 decades working at UJA-Federation of New York, Anita helped put disabilities on the agenda of New York’s Jewish community, founding a Task Force on People with Disabilities, and with philanthropic support, expanded and transformed programming for people with disabilities and their families served by UJA-Federation member agencies. Her vision was that a film festival sharing the lives and aspirations of people with disabilities could help raise the consciousness of the New York community about our common humanity and the value of each person, without regard to his or her ability or disability. She is chair of the ReelAbilities national board.


Cecilia B. Ogude

Cecilia B. Ogude, Founder of WINAFD and Vice President with JPMorgan Chase. Cecilia has over 12 years of professional experience including managerial positions with Accenture, Dentsu, and McKinsey & Company. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from New York University (NY) and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Steven’s Institute of Technology (NJ). She is an active volunteer with NYCares, Upwardly Global, Big Brother Big Sister, Junior Achievement, SEO Scholars, VSO, etc. and at her leisure, is an avid reader, traveler, and a long distance runner who has completed 2 marathons and over 10 half-marathons.

Storytelling is an important part of Imuetinyan’s life.As a child who did not read due to a poor eye condition,she looked forward to those cool nights when the power goes out.Though the adults saw power outrages as interruption to their favorite TV shows, for the children, it was story time.The darkness attracted the neighborhood children who strolled to her compound. Their tiny bodies would pile on top of brown weaving mats to listen to ancient tales under the moonlight. The valuable lessons from the stories were what gave colors and brightness to Imuetinyan’s dull world. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, where she completed her secondary school education and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cazenovia College, Update State. Since is a playwright, author, and a training journalist. She produced and directed her first act which was a one-women show titled, The Hole Between My Legs, where she told the stories of two women and their experiences with female genital mutilation, FGM. Imuetinyan is a guest blogger for 28 Too Many, a non-profit organization whose fight is to eradicate FGM. In 2014, she was one of the hosts and contributing writers for The Young African Symposium: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, hosted by the Council of Young African Leaders. She is currently a contributing writer for The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana- US Inc.,an education and disability advocacy organization based in NY with beneficiaries in Ghana. She recently launched her YouTube Channel where she continues to covers stories on Africa as a way to hone her broadcasting career and she is also working on her next play. Imuetinyan Ugiagbe presently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her sisters.


Diversability is an award-winning global movement to rebrand disability that began in Washington, DC with Tiffany Yu in 2009.We foster community online and off to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things. We want to get more people talking and thinking about disability as a core part of the diversity conversation. We unite the disability community, engage allies, and celebrate disability pride and empowerment.

ReelAbilities NY film festival

ReelAbilities Film Festival brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

 Ramapo for Children

Through direct service youth programs and highly regarded training programs for adults, Ramapo works on behalf of children who face obstacles to learning, including children with special needs, enabling them to succeed in the classroom, at home, and in life.At the heart of our work is the conviction that all children seek the same things: to learn, feel valued, and experience success. Ramapo helps young people learn to align their behaviors with their aspirations.

 Person Centered Care Services- PCCS

Person Centered Care Services is a nonprofit advocating for social change within communities by supporting different groups of people on their search for identity and acceptance.


The Women’s Interactive Network for the African Diaspora (WINAFD) provides access to the tools and support to enable the successful development and advancement of young girls and women in the African diaspora.”Our vision is to transform the lives of our young girls and women by providing the educational, career, and leadership opportunities necessary for them to compete in our global market. We aim to achieve this through our educational and career initiatives and partnership, interactive forums, and mentorship/ networking programs”. Read More


NY Disabilities Film Festival brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

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How I have Benefited from the Summer Vacations

girledu5Each August annually, vacation classes are organized by the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana for us and this has countless benefits and merits. The sessions have been a major impact on the student lives academically, socially and morally. It has helped us know that as individuals the only way we can be prosperous in life is by education, which is the key to success and one of the greatest advantage received from the organization.

It helps us to get exposed to other things in the world. We get to know and learn new things which has served as our backbone in our daily improvement.
Motivational and inspirational talks has really helped us mentors and role models that we look up to.

Education is a step by step process and can only be carried out hand in hand together in an orderly manner. The summer vacation classes organized by the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) has brought me individual benefits in my academic life and studies. This classes organized annually in the month of August has given me the opportunity to derive a lot of benefits in my academic performance. New topics are taught with a deeper understanding. I learned how to cultivate team work since I had to work together with the other students. Also I learned how to cooperate and socialize with other people well. The classes has served as a platform for me to learn a lot of things academically and socially.- Nhyira


hamadiyaShe will break every barrier that stands between her and her education, which will lead her to become the professional nurse she hopes to be. Hamadalatu is in JHS3 and will be our first girl in senior high.Hamadalatu has been fending for herself since she was in class 3, but is not discouraged and wants to forge ahead to be a better person in the future