Experts in the field say that future education should be based on critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. The boxucation philosophy at Besesaka embraces exactly that through encouraging the students to be curious, independent thinkers, and empowering them with the skills to succeed.
The Besesaka scholarship will have a profound impact on the recipients, their families and the local community, and will play a role in changing the perception of importance of education. Through education, we will develop better leaders & improve our world, one small step at a time.
The three girls who received the Besesaka scholarship in January 2021 (pictured) reminded us of Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris: “The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it – if only we are brave enough to be it… If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birthright”
From the school year 2021, Besesaka has awarded nine new scholarships, bringing the total to ten. Six boys & three girls – Margeret (10), Milicent (10), Najat (11), Paa (11), Emmanuel (12), Caleb (13), William (13), Caleb (14) & Ebenezer (14) – will join last year’s recipient, Rahman Ablorh. The scholarship provides for high level education while the recipients continue their boxing careers. This marks a significant expansion of the Besesaka scholarship program & continues to build the student base for the future academy.
The scholarships were awarded following the 2 nd annual Besesaka youth boxing tournament organized on Dec 26th , with the final recipients being assessed by the scholarship committee for their boxing & academic merits, and overall commitment.
“The Besesaka scholarship will have a profound impact to the recipients, their families and the local community, and will play a role in changing the perception of importance of education. Through education, we will develop better leaders & improve our world, one small step at a time”, stated James C. Nortey, the founder.
Besesaka thanks their partner Delegate A/S of Denmark, and Mr. George Lamptey, the president of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation for their support and endorsement.
Besesaka and Delegate A/S sign a long-term partnership agreement to change realities for children in Bukom, Ghana, through boxucation
Besesaka, established in 2019, is changing the realities of children in Ghana through boxing, education and leadership development. Besesaka’s long term aim is to establish a Boxucation academy, where boxing is as important as education, in Bukom, Ghana by end of 2023. Until that time, Besesaka provides educational scholarships to boys and girls, who love boxing and are great at it, have excellent academic level and demonstrate a great character. The sponsorship’s aim is to ensure that the children, who due to their boxing talent face pressure to drop out of school, finish at least high school, while at the same time developing their boxing talent.
Delegate A/S is one of the leading digital transformation consulting companies in Nordics, with head office in Virum. Delegate’s corporate culture is built around strong set of values and the company has recently become part of the Broad Horizon Group, with head office in the Netherlands, and together they are embarking on their next chapter. As part of that journey Delegate and Besesaka are launching this long-termpartnership.
The partnership starts with the organization of the second annual youth boxing tournament in Bukom, Ghana. Nine (9) successful participants, boys and girls, will join last year’s recipient of the Besesaka scholarship, Rahman Ablorh, and receive an educational scholarship that will provide them with high level education while they continue their boxing careers. This marks a significant expansion of the Besesaka scholarship program and continues to build the student base for the future academy. The partnership further includes a 10-week Boxucation camp program for 50 boys and girls starting from June 2020.
Jakob Schou, CEO of Delegate A/S says: “Besesaka and Delegate met at a time when both organizations are embarking on their next chapter, working hard to meet ambitious targets. Geographically and culturally in two very different settings, in Ghana and the Nordics, but at the same time by sharing common values ofunity, passion, unbreakable spirit, and the wish to give back. Besesaka is a joint project, where we share a joint vision and an ambition to create a sports academy in a part of the world where education is a scarce commodity. We saw mutual opportunities in entering a partnership that extends far beyond Delegate just being a sponsor, and we are delighted to involve Delegate personnel in the partnership through character development course run by Besesaka and through participation in the summer camp in Ghana, where we can help in the kids’ development into digital citizens”
James C. Nortey, founder of Besesaka says: “We are delighted that the partnership with Delegate A/S will allow Besesaka to expand the scholarship program significantly, ensure the summer camp and the annual youth boxing tournament for the coming years, while the preparation for the launch of the Boxucation academy is ongoing. This partnership will have a profound impact to the scholarship recipients, their families and the local community, and will play a role in changing the perception of importance of education. Through education, we will develop better leaders and our world will become a better place, one step at a time. The recipients of the nine new scholarships will be selected following the youth boxing tournament organized on December 26th, 2020, and selection will be based on boxing and academic merits, together with an evaluation of the overall commitment to the program.”
Chris Kyriakidis, Chairman of Besesaka says: “Globally, 2 out of 10 kids do not get education and 3 out of 10 kids who go to school do not learn much. These are scary statistics, and it is easy to agree that we should work together on changing them. I am proud of the development of Besesaka during its first year of activities, and the partnership with Delegate will play a significant role in Besesaka reaching its long term objectives, and expanding its impact on the local community in Bukom.”
On Dec. 26, we will host our second juvenile boxing tournament in Bukom. 40 out of 100 youth boxer were selected from 15 gyms to participate in the Besesaka tournament this year. The tournament will take place in the heart of James town, Bukom at 4:30pm
Besesaka will like to take this opportunity to invite up to 300 people to come support its mission of ’Boxucation‘, the combination of boxing and education. 9 of these children will be awarded with the Besesaka scholarship, which covers costs for education, safe boxing gears, and monthly provisions for good nutrition.
We advice that you wear masks and keep your distance at the tournament.
See You Soon.
On November 27th 2019, Besesaka was officially launched at a workshop with coaches from all the various boxing gyms in Bukom: there are 30 gyms in the town.
These coaches are the heroes of the town. Many of them have dedicated their lives in taking kids off the street, mentoring them through boxing, and in some cases feeding them and acting as parents. It was very important to discuss the mission and vision of Besesaka with them as we want to work together in creating a better future for the children in the town.
One of the coach stated, “we want to thank you and the rest of your team for bringing about change, not only in our children‘s lives, but also in the town. We pray that you do not get weakened in the hands. Together we will support you and your team in this mission”.
James C Nortey and his team then presented to the coaches the first phase of the plan towards achieving our mission. The phase includes awarding up to 8-year scholarship to children with great interest in boxing under the age of 14, who are at the verge of leaving school to chanel all their attention towards boxing. These children must demonstrate excellent character in the community.
James concluded by stating “these children are the future of the town. We need to keep them in school, give them the necessary tools to flourish academically and give them the gear to box safely while keeping them in our gyms in order to building their character and educating them on the important issues in the community”.
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Rahman Ablorh is the first recipient of the Besesaka scholarship. Rahman, 10 years old, is the oldest of 3 brother. His father, Baba Ablorh, works as prison-gaurd and earns an additional income as a fisherman. Mr. Ablorh is also the coach for Rahman and his brothers. His mother is a stay at home mom. Rahman started boxing at the age 5. He participated in the first Besesaka youth tournament in Bukom and recieved the best technical fighter award within his catagory. He has been going to school since the age of 8 and has been a good student. However, Rahman’s family were considering taking him out of school to focus sorely on boxing.
With the Besesaka scholarship, Rahman’s family changed their consideration to take him out of school. Rahman now is kept in school until he graduates from high school, and this will give him the ammunition to go to university.
The scholarship is awarded for 8 years and includes tuition fees for private school, school equipment, boxing gear and three meals per week
Criteria and scholarship process
In the town of Bukom, the concept of graduating with a university degree is a dream that is impossible. Meet the CEO of Besesaka, James C. Nortey, a 28 year old Bukom product who broke the cycle and became the first person to obtain a university degree.
When James was eight years old, he supported his family through fishing, street vendor, street boxing and ’munchangi’ (a street youth football tournament) in Bukom. At the age of 10, James was lucky to be discovered by the Right to Dream Organization, and admitted to their football academy.
During his four years at the Right to Dream, James developed immensely in academics, restuling in him winning a full scholarship to Hotchkiss, a top 5 ranked high school in the US. At Hotchkiss, he became a 3 time winner of the The Lucien Swift Strong ‘40 Memorial Award for his outstanding play in football. He aslo won the 2011 Senior Athletic Award. But perhaps the most important award James received at hotchkiss was The Charles Denton Treadway '14 Memorial Prize. Established in memory of Charles Treadway '14, this award is given annually to that member of the Senior Class whose industry, courage, leadership, and honorable conduct have done the most for the life and character of the School.
After graduating from Hotchkiss, James win another scholarship to Marquette University to continue his eduaction. James graduated with a bachelor degree in Social Welfare & Justice, and a minor in Socialogy.
James moved to Europe, after completing Marquette University, to play professional football for a couple of years before becoming a character development coach for FC Nordsjaelland, one of the youngest ranked professional football teams in Europe. James is currently the head of character development at FC Nordsjaelland.
In October 14, Besesaka organized a youth boxing tournament in Bukom. Twenty children, aged between 10 to 15 participated. It was the biggest youth tournament held in the heart of the town in the last decade. What a great platform for the organization to spread its message.