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Why Bernard Potakey is the best choice as NDC Deputy Volta Regional Youth Organizer

Mr. Bernard Joachim Potakey, YoHRA Human Rights Ambassador

Mr. Bernard Joachem Potakey, a young and visionary leader based at Nkwanta wants to be the next Deputy Volta Regional Youth Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

I have come to know Bernard in August 2016 when I was about premiering my first two produced movies at Odumase Krobo. Since then, we have been brothers.

I know Bernard as selfless, visionary, result oriented and proactive person who wants to get things done no matter what it costs his personal resources or time so long as it will benefit the masses.

What I know about Mr. Potakey’s efforts in supporting education in the rural north of Ghana:

About a month ago, Bernard has secured a professionally developed website (http://nkwanstech.org/) for Nkwanta Community Senior High Technical School at no single cost to the school.

Mr. Potakey has over the years making efforts to support education in the rural north of the Volta Region. In June 2017, he donated three (3) avenue seats “lovers bench” to the school the in the Volta Region.

In 2016, he organized about 50 students and 10 teachers of the same school to a top hotel in town – Gateway Hotel where the students were taken through how to use the cutlery sets and some Health tips from personnel of the district health directorate.

During his national services at Krachi Senior High School in 2010, the young philanthropic teachers personally assisted the school in getting 20 brand new computers, UPS, 2 split air conditioners, printer, scanner and an LCD projector for the school the form donation from GIFEC.

He is said to have also assisted Dambai College of Education to establish a relationship with the Ghana India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT, the current ultra modern signpost at the entrance of the college was a gift from Microsoft Ghana which he lobbied for among other social intervention programs.

As a fellow young man, I’m with the strong conviction that we need people like Bernard in the leadership position in our great country.

Now, I present to you the profile of Bernard:

Mr. Bernard Potakey standing in the middle of the students

BRIEF PROFILE

Place of Birth: Kpando
Hometown: Keta Dzelukofe
Mother from: Aveme-Danyigba
Settled at: Nkwanta – Volta North
Basic Education: Nkwanta – Volta North (St. Joeeph’s Pre School and St. Theresa’a R/C Prim & JHS)
Note: this makes him a universal Voltarian ie he is from southern volta, mother from central volta, settled and lived his life in the northern part of the Volta Region)

Work Experience Dec. 2015 – Date: Nkwanta Community Day Senior High Technical School
Teacher

  • Head of IT Unit
  • Form Master ( General Arts 2B)
  • Teaches Information and Communications Technology
  • Lobbied iLEAD Ghana Foundation for secondhand clothes, food items, Jerseys, educational materials and folders for the school
  • Donated three sets of Avenue bench to the school
  • Lobbied the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT to establish it’s ‘’GIRLS CAN CODE’’ project at Kyabobo Girls School at Nkwanta

May 18 – Date: AER Services, Ghana in Collaboration with GES

  • Zonal Coordinator ( Krachi West, Krachi East, Krachi Nchumuru, Nkwanta South and Nkwanta North Municipals/Districts) for National Super Reader Competition

September 2012 – Sept. 2015 University of Education, Winneba, IEDE-Dambai study Centre
Part-Time Tutor

  • Taught Microsoft Applications (Degree level 100)
  • Taught Information & Communication Technology (Diploma Level 300)
  • Assistant Examiner in Microsoft Applications
  • Supervised On-Campus teaching Practice (OCTP)

Jan. 2012 – Sept. 2015 Dambai College of Education, Dambai V/R
Tutor

  • Tutor in charge of Information and Communication Technology Dept.
  • Taught Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Assistant Examiner in ICT for University of Cape Coast (UCC)
  • Tutor in Charge of Entertainment
  • Member of the following committees: Admissions, Quality Assurance, Entertainment and Electoral Commission
  • Organized educational Trainings and Visits
  • Lobbied Microsoft Ghana for in-service training in ICT for both Tutors and Students
  • Managed the College Management System
  • Supervised both On-Campus (OCTP) and Off-Campus Teaching Practice

Sept. 20, 2010-Oct. 9, 2010 Ghana Statistical Service, Krachi-West, V/R

  • Field Supervisor, 2010 Population and Housing Census
  • Supervised survey specialists and enumerators
  • Provided monitoring and evaluation of survey fieldwork
  • Edited collected field data
  • Data management and Coding surveys on the field
  • Coordinated the implementation of the daily work plan and survey schedule

Oct. 2009-August 2011 Krachi Senior High School, Krachi, V/R
National Service and Volunteer Service

  • Form master for General Arts B4 Class
  • Teacher-In-Charge of ICT Department
  • Taught courses in communication skills, health and sanitation, social work, home management and business management (Management in Living)
  • Managed and ran the tutoring program for Information and Communication Technology Department
  • Lobbied the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) for 20 new flat screen computers, internet connectivity, network server, scanner, printer, projector, and 2 a/c units
  • Designed and printed social marketing materials including t-shirts, post cards, school magazine and stickers to publicize school-based activities

2003-2008 Ghana Health Service, Nkwanta Health Development  Center, V/R Ghana
Social Science Research Assistant

  • Population Council and Ghana Health Service trained field researcher to evaluate Community-based health planning and services (CHPS) program for USAID subcontract award.
  • Population Council and Ghana Health Service trained Peer Educator in HIV/AIDS and STDs/STIs
  • Population Council and Ghana Health Service trained field researcher to evaluate Ghana Essential Medicines Initiative (GEMI) program.
  • Survey interviewer and field research staff also for USAID, DANIDA, Population Council and Ghana Health Service HIV/AIDS projects

2002-2006 St. Joseph’s Pre-School Nkwanta, V/R Ghana
Teaching Assistant

  • Taught courses in English and ICT
  • Provided counseling for child health education and nutrition
  • School Secretary

Nov. 2008-Jan.2009 Health Information Department, St. Joseph’s
Hospital, Nkwanta V/R

  • Student Industrial Attachment
  • Managed routine record system, Data collection, collation, analysis, storage, dissemination, and other health information and management systems

2006-2010 St. Theresa R.C. JHS, Nkwanta V/R Ghana

  • Financial Secretary; Parent Teacher Association
  • Member, School Management Committee

Academic Background:

  • Master of Information Technology (MIT)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing with Advertising)
  • Higher Diploma & Diploma in Sales and Marketing (LCM-UK)
  • International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Certificate
  • Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)- Certification Number TWTDA135
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate in the West African Examination Council (SSSCE Certificate)

Professional Bodies:

  • Member of Information Technology Association of Ghana (ITAG)
  • Global Association of IT Professionals (GAITPRO)
  • Youth for Human Rights Africa (YoHRA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK)
  • London Centre of Marketing (LCM-UK), IGF Ghana, GNAT
  • Ghana Internet Governance Forum (IGF – Ghana Chapter)

Political Positions Held:

  • TEIN Member – UCOMS chapter, Accra
  • TEIN Patron – Dambai College of Education Chapter, Krachi East
  • Communication Member – Nkwanta South Constituency NDC
  • Communication Member – Krachi East Constituency NDC
  • Research Committee Member 2016 Election – Nkwanta South Constituency NDC
  • Currently the Branch Secretary for R/C JHS B – Nkwanta South Constituency NDC

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