Right to Dream Academy Ghana develops strong leaders who are open minded, confident and ethical; who aspire to claim a better future for Africa.
Education is central to the Right to Dream talent development model. Our student-centred approach encourages students to be curious, independent thinkers, empowering them with the skills needed to succeed.
We don’t place limits on our students’ abilities. We nurture self-belief and grit to confront and overcome setbacks and obstacles.
We promote teamwork to challenge and encourage every student to reach their potential.
Strong emphasis is placed on the development of our students’ critical thinking skills, providing them with the ability to analyse and evaluate problems in order to create solutions.
As Right to Dream moved from its first small dedicated academy location in Dawu to its purpose built facility in Old Akrade, the educational provision transformed. The Right to Dream Academy now provides a Cambridge accredited curriculum with core STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) and Humanities subjects. Our students have the opportunity to sit IGCSE examinations, that open up educational pathways to schools in the UK. The core teaching is delivered by eighteen teachers and is supported by a wide variety of enrichment activities from robotics and drama, to chess and social media studies.
Each year, our scouting teams travel across West Africa assessing 25,000 to 30,000 talented children in their educational potential as well as their footballing talent. This process is done by a combination of Cognitive Abilities Tests, assessing non-curriculum based academic potential, alongside the assessment of learning patterns during residential trials.
Football coaching and training is an integral part of the education journey at Right to Dream and the benefits can be seen both ways. The learning environment at our academy includes football coaching boards, and the use of SMART board software, that bring coaching and analysis to life in the classroom. This has helped us develop a collaborative environment where teachers and coaches share their experiences in order to harness the potential of youth education. On the pitch, we have seen how developing cognitive levels assists in decision-making and a mature understanding of physiology, and in the school, key attributes from sport such as team work and confidence give the students the courage to challenge themselves further.
As a student approaches the age of fifteen at the academy they will be offered the choice to apply for one of our educational pathways. These include opportunities in the US, the UK or continued education within professional football. The Right to Dream US student-athlete pathway provides students the chance to enter top private high schools on full scholarships that will extend through to university. In the UK, Right to Dream are partnered with Hartpury College and Brooke House to provide student athlete scholarships, working alongside the student mentorship from the Right to Dream UK Trust. If students are pursuing a professional contract at eighteen, they will remain at the academy and continue their varied education, including football specific life courses, while in Ghana or on training attachment in Europe.
To date Right to Dream students have accessed over $40 million of educational scholarships through our academy, and the full cycle opportunities offered by our pathways in the US and UK. Our student graduates are ambassadors and excel as much in the classroom as they do on the training ground.
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