A Jewish resource employee has been honored via the Prime Minister for putting in a Ghana-based totally charity tackling bad schooling and unemployment.
Anita Lowenstein Dent, 53, turned into recognized this week with the aid of Boris Johnson, receiving the prestigious ‘Points of Light award’.
The Westminster synagogue member-based the charity Teach2Teach International in 2017, with the intention of assisting younger Ghanaians in deprived groups to emerge as volunteer teachers. Supported with the aid of UK resource via the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Small Charities Challenge Fund, it hopes to educate as a minimum of 30 aspiring educators by way of July 2020.
Points of Light Awards recognizes splendid person volunteers across the United Kingdom.
Speaking to Jewish News, she stated “I certainly don’t see this as an honor for myself. I see it as an honor for the humans that I work with.”
“If this could be an award for an employer instead of a person it would sit down very much more readily on my shoulders. I am of the path very proud to accept this on behalf of Teach2Teach International.”
Having visited Ghana three times inside the beyond yr, the mum-of-3 divides her time between the role, and a number of Jewish charities, inclusive of PJ Library UK and New Israel Fund UK.
“I am a Jewish lady working with a combined faith organization, and at the moment we paintings with an organization in Ghana which is mainly Muslim, and we all paintings collectively in any community that has a need.”
She introduced: “There is something quite special approximately running in this way, with massive respect”, adding that “we forestall for prayers early on Friday and continue after they’ve been to the mosque so that you can cater for every different’s spiritual needs.”
“This most effective provides to the extent of engagement and expertise that it brings to this sort of paintings”.
In a private letter to Anita, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I understand you do that with no notion of praise or praise, but permit me to offer my own popularity of ways ‘Teach2Teach International’ is schooling the lecturers of the destiny, giving younger humans across Ghana the schooling they need to reach their personal lives and groups.”
International Development Minister Baroness Sugg paid tribute to Anita’s “tireless commitment to educating gifted young people”, announcing her work is “transformational”.