The Ghanaian Parents Association Team
We seek to develop programmes & schemes for parents, with the main focus on education and childrens’ personal development in the community. We welcome the support of all individuals interested in making a positive difference to the work we do.
Agatha Akyigyina – Founder & Chairperson
Agatha has lived in the Borough of Merton for over 31 years. Married with children, and with an upbringing taking place in several countries; Ghana, America, Italy and England this resulted in her interest in Politics. After a varied career Agatha decided to devote her energy to local issues – hence her decision to become a Local Councillor and serve the community.
Part of Agatha’s role involves visiting schools and speaking to young people. Agatha decided to find an alternative way to make it easier for parents to find information about activities available within and outside the borough. Her main priority is to ensure that children and parents are supported in the community.
Teresa Ocansey – Compliance Coordinator & Treasurer
Teresa joined the Ghanaian Parent’s Association (GPA) in 2011. As a young woman raised in a family that always supported each other, it was important for her to be part of something that would make a positive impact on the lives of those within her community.
With extensive experience of the Voluntary Sector; initially as a playscheme worker then as volunteer with YAM (Young Active Members), her current role is within Local Government where the majority of her work impacts families. Teresa uses her skills to promote anything that works to ensure the youth and parents are supported. She has knowledge of policy and has self-taught book-keeping skills as Treasurer and Secretary.
Afua Boaten Busia – Project Officer
Educated in Ghana and the UK, Afua is currently a community governor at a primary and secondary school in Merton, where she has been a resident since 1975.
With a career mainly in non-profit organisations, Afua’s most recent positions were as Counsellor/Enrichment & Extra Curricular Tutor at an international school in Accra Ghana, and as Operations Manager-Resources and Student Services at a national residential college for women here in the UK. Afua loves working with the community to build capacity through development and training; facilitating both formal and informal education and working towards equality and justice for all.
Charles Ocansey – Administrative Assistant
Charles has been working with young people for almost 16 years. With lots of experience working in Play schemes and after school clubs, his current role involves working as a volunteer teaching assistant.
Charles has also helped at multiple events within the local authority including; Fundays, Carnivals and events held by the local MP for Mitcham and Morden. His main reason for doing so much youth work is because he believes the youth need positive role models. Charles hopes more people can follow suit so we give our young people the best start in life.
Emmanuel Yaw Osei Marfo – Partner
Emmanuel has constantly been involved in the community and championed projects aimed at enhancing peoples lives and promoting togetherness. Through his Afro-Caribbean groceries, Money transfer and Hair & Beauty business in Merton and Wandsworth, Emmanuel engages with people from different backgrounds often seeking ways to enhance family life in the community.
With the support of Emmanuels Group, the Ghanaian Parents Association is able to continue providing support, information and develop programmes & schemes for parents, with the main focus on education and childrens’ personal development.