When I was invited to join the team, I said yes without thinking about it. But after sleeping over it, I posed the question why me? Having a common interest in helping in our own small ways to bring joy into people’s lives was the common link between Aino and me. Our conversations surrounded music and education, which I am very interested in.
I was born into a music family. My dad was a headteacher and a church organist and I’d say this gave me a solid background in much and my profession as a teacher. I started playing the piano or the organ at a very young age but eventually found interest in playing the guitar in high school. These qualities and the fact that I’m a Ghanaian, having more than half of my professional life as a teacher in Finland understand both cultures very well.
My first encounter with the rest of the board members of FEO was with mixed feeling as I was a newbie to the already existed team and did not know what to expect. The meeting started as it should in a video conference in ZOOM.
As usual, the expected glitches of data interruptions did not surprise us. Delays in connectivity persisted for a while but we found the solution to it.
The meeting started with getting to know each other in the team and eventually moved on to other aspects. There is a need, of course, to build the team in such a way that we get to know and understand the best way to work together to achieve the vision of FEO.
I will briefly, touch on some of the issues that came up and needed immediate attention. FEO is about to launch a website and there is an urgent need to manage the content for the public. A few remarks were made about the Mission statement and suggestions were put forward to fix it.
I was impressed about how much work and preparation has gone into FEO as at its current state. An office space has already been secured in Ghana and operations there will start on July 1. This was a big step as the office will be a multi-purpose space. Office equipment and supplies are needed to furnish the place. Four pianos donated by Finnish well-wishers are on their way to Ghana, which will be a big help in starting the piano classes.
Accounting is for everyone because of its complexities or to some, simplicities. Aino presented the financial structure of FEO and explained the source of funding for the association. Since all is new to me, I still have some time to ponder over the whole thing. However, things started becoming clearer to me as I could see the light in the tunnel.
Currently, there are four members on the board, and I wonder what our responsibilities are. Neither did I finish voicing out my thoughts aloud I heard there is a need for one more female member to strike it even in the gender equality scale. A new female member will be recruited in the course of time to bring the number to five.
The meeting was short even though it took a little over an hour. However, the meeting served the purpose of getting to know the other members of the board and to understand the tasks ahead.