Dr. Margaret Sackey, Chair of CH
Dr. Mrs. Margaret Sackey has been appointed the new Chairperson of Challenging Heights Board of Directors effective September 1, 2011. She replaces Madam Sheila Acquah-Asare, whose tenure ended early this year. This was made known at the last Board meeting held in Accra last week.
Mrs. Margaret Sackey holds Ph.D in Education and MA in International Affairs. She has obtained several certificates in the area of Gender Studies, Public Administration and Personnel Management. She is an accomplished child protection expert having been the National Programme Coordinator for the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (Time Bound Program) and West African Anti Child Trafficking Project (LUTRENA) both of which focused on eliminating child labour, child trafficking and promoting child rights protection in several sectors of the Ghanaian economy. Dr Sackey has several years of public service experience having worked in senior positions within the public service including serving as a Director at the Ministry of Information and Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Commission on Children (GNCC).
Challenging Heights is a child-centered organization established to promote education, fight against child labor, and to promote community development. Since 2005, the organization has won 6 major international awards, and grown from supporting 29 children per a year, to supporting over 1,100 across its programs each year. It currently operates in 6 districts including Effutu, Senya-Breku, Agona West, Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, and Gomoa East.
Other members of the Board of Directors of Challenging Heights are Mrs. Joyce Odame, Child Rights Coordinator (Plan Ghana), Mrs. Esther Sankah, Lecturer, Central University College, Mrs. Nafi Chinery, Capacity Building Officer at African Women Development Fund (AWDF), James Kofi Annan (Executive Director of Challenging Heights), George Essel (a manger at MTN), and Jeffrey Boyd, the Executive Director of Hovde Foundation.
The board meeting also adopted a new Challenging Heights constitution, and approved proposed organizational reforms, including the abolition of the position of Executve Didrector, and the creation of the position of the President.
In an interview with the new chair, she said “I have watched, closely, as Challenging Heights started, and I am excited to be chairing its board at this critical stage of the organization’s work. Such credible and powerfully led indigenous organizations are not many in Africa. Ghana indeed has a lot of future in Challenging Heights. I am determined to give off my best to steer it to achieve more laurels”.