HerStory: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation

Screens on Saturday, April 2, 12:00noon – RU Paul Robeson Student Center


Sally Nuamah, Director, Producer, Writer

Sally Nuamah is a scholar, conducting research on controversial issues related to race, education and public policy; an advocate, advocating for underprivileged youth in urban centers across the U.S and Africa, and a filmmaker, focusing on the use of digital mediums to tell stories of disadvantaged women and girls.
In 2007, she was awarded the Princeton Prize by Princeton University alumni for her work in improving race relations. That same year she was also selected among thousands of students for the National Coca-Cola scholarship and the Gates Millennium scholarship.

In the fall of 2008, Sally had the great opportunity to work for former senator, now president, Barack Obama as a health policy intern and in 2009 began collecting footage for a future documentary on girls and Education in Ghana.

In 2011 she was given the GW Manatt-Trachtenberg Award, presented to a student who has significantly challenged the social and intellectual conscience of the university, inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, and named one of two Distinguished Scholars; the highest mark of distinction at the George Washington University.

That same year she was selected for the National Science Foundation fellowship and began her studies as a PhD Candidate at Northwestern University. Recently, she was named a pre-doctoral fellow recipient at the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her work as an academic, Sally consults and conducts research across the U.S, Ghana and South Africa for a number of groups including the USAID and UN foundation. Her work primarily focuses on how policies influence disadvantaged groups and the ways in which public and private groups can work together to resolve important policy issues through education.

For her broader work, she was recently selected by the Changing Worlds organization as one of its 2014 connecting cultures honorees. Sally was also recently elected to the GWU Board of Trustees. To learn more about her research and film, visit www.herstorythefilm.com.

About “Her Story: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation”

Sally, a researcher, travels to Ghana to find out what it takes for female students to be academically successful at a school that has only recently started supporting girls’ education. She meets Charlotte, Esther, and Lilly, who are among the first Ghanaian girls from their households to have access to a high school education. Throughout their last year of school, Sally learns what is driving their classroom success and also sees the obstacles that still exist and stand in the way of their goal of going to college.