“I Didn’t Know”

Coco recounted his experience with starting school in Ghana when he arrived in 2009 after arriving from Togo.

(right) Original copy of Academic certificate translated from the University of Ghana. (left) Original copy of Academic certificate from Togo.

“It was difficult; I have had difficult moments, pressure from family, and not being able to get the education I wanted. I had Financial problems and particularly good advice; having the right people for correct information that I needed was a challenge. Even though I was having my Certificate from Togo, no one told me I could have it translated, which I could use to continue my school in Ghana.Until 2014, when I met a man whose computer I fixed. He asked me how I got to know much about computers; what I would like to become. I told him about my school and Certificate; that was when he told me I could get my Certificate translated from French to English.”

(right) A passport photo of Coco’s girlfriend hangs on his wall clock. (left) Coco’s favourite words of motivation stick with tape on the wall of his room.
(right) Office of KickStart. (left) Map of Ho, at the KickStart Office.

That same year, Coco got his Certificate translated at the University of Ghana and gained admission into a three-year Computer Science programme at the Ho Technical University.
Now owns a shop, helps fix computers for friends and family, and works as assistant coach with Kickstart Ghana, an NGO involved in youth education and sports.

Coco pose for a photograph at his residence, provided by Kick Start.

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