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© 2017 School for Life, Ghana


Sulemana Osman Saaka


School for Life Programme manager

Contacts: (233) (0)2 830 3324; (233) (0)2 54 052 1614


Sulemana Osman Saaka has built a successful career spanning almost 30 years of regular work and occasional consultancy in private sector, Government/public service and civil society organisations. Prior to joining the School for Life team in January 2004 as head of the organisation, S. O. Saaka had worked with the Ghana Co-operative Credit Unions Association Limited (CUA Ltd. and the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among others. While working with the EPA, S. O. Saaka served as National Focal Person for Desertification Control. He also represented Ghana on the United Nations Inter-Governmental Negotiation Committee on Desertification (INCD) and the African Deserts and Arid Lands Committee (ADALCO).


S. O. Saaka led School for Life successfully through a landmark phase that delivered functional literacy to 44,000 out-of-school children in 5 years, in addition to having the School for Life model replicated to cover almost 40,000 more of such children in Northern Ghana within the same period (2004 - 2008). His continuous leadership of School for Life has seen the organization strike strategic partnerships with relevant state institutions and many Developing Partners, through which SfL succeeded in making over 150,000 out-of-school children literate in their mother-tongue by the close of 2012. The School for Life model has also led to the development of a Complementary Basic Education (CBE Policy) in Ghana based on the model.


Through leading School for Life, S. O. Saaka hopes to continue to contribute to maintaining the organisation as a centre of excellence that inspires breakthroughs in education and provides technical support to other education stakeholders in Ghana and beyond. Saaka holds a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. He has also undergone other forms of training including Organisational Change Management & Leadership, Project Planning & Management, Cooperative Administration, Corporate Governance for NGO Management and Network/Alliance Building training for CSOs in West Africa.

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Hussein Abdulai Ziblim

Deputy Manager SfL, Operations

 Phone: (+233) (0)54 052 1614; (+233) (0)249649260


Alhaji Hussein AbdulaiZiblim is the Deputy Programme Manager in charge of Operations at School for Life.  He joined the organization in 1999, and has been in the management team since then as an Area Coordinator for the Yendi Area.

Before joining SfL as a full staff he served as one of the first two trainers of SfL voluntary facilitators.  He was also one of the three persons who translated the first facilitators’ manual of School for Life (SfL) from English into Dagbani. He led the SfL team of curriculum developers who offered training for writers and resources persons in the Kwahu North District to transpose the template of SfL literacy materials into AkuapemTwi and Ewe.  He is also a co-writer of a collection of play songs and poems in Dagbani that was put together by three resource persons of SfL.

He has been involved in literacy work since 1986 where he served as a Ghanaian Language and Cultural Organizer for the Tamale District Education Office then. He also served on the Regional Training Team of the Non-Formal Education Division of the Ministry of Education from 1989 to 1994. He taught Ghanaian Language and culture at the Senior Secondary School for one year (1998 to 1999). Alhaji Hussein Abdulai Ziblim holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Ghanaian language and a certificate in NGO Management from the Verily Agric College, Aarhus, Denmark.


Ibrahim Abdul-Hanan

Deputy Manager SfL Finance and Administration

Contacts (+233) 242575111; 504575111


Abdul-Hanan Joined School for Life as an Assistant Accountant in 2003 and rose to become the Accountant in 2006. He was confirmed as the substantive Deputy Manager in charge of Finance and Administration on the 1st of January 2017 after acting in that capacity from February to December 2016. Some of his notable successes include the computerization of SfL accounts and improved Financial Management.


He holds Master of Business Administration degree in International Finance & Controlling, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Certificate in Business Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Some Career Development trainings he attended include Financial Management & Good Governance from COWI A/S-Denmark, Practical Financial Management for NGOs from Mango (UK), Internal Audit and Control from University of Ghana Business School and Financial Management in NGOs also from University of Ghana Business School.


Karimu Alhassan Mohammed

Deputy Manager SfL Curriculum Development and Replication

Karimu joined School for Life (SfL) under the Education Quality for All (EQUALL) project in 2006 and later joined main SfL in 2009.  He is currently the Deputy Manager Curriculum Development and Replication in School for Life. Karimu’s background includes extensive field experience and nine years as a teacher trainer.


With interest in literacy development, he has been a regional trainer of trainers for Non-Formal Education Division, Northern Region of Ghana. He has experience in schedules designing, preparation of training materials, and implementing training programmes. He is also a co-writer of GTZ-ASTEP and Unimax Macmillan basic schools text books in Ghanaian Languages and Culture. He is the author of “Dagbani Bohimbu Sodoligu”, a published Dagbani grammar and phonology book. He has been an examiner and a team leader with the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast. He has had the opportunity of attending international conferences in Ghana, Gambia, Rwanda and Mauritius. He was also on the team from Ghana, which went to India (2010) on an educational tour with regards to the introduction of remedial education project (Teacher Community Assistant Initiative project - TCAI) in Ghana. 


As a tutor in the Training College, he held various positions including Head of Ghanaian Languages and Culture Department, House Master, Dining Hall Master, Resource Centre Coordinator and form master. He also taught as a subject teacher in Huriya Junior Secondary School in Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Karimu holds a Commonwealth Executive Masters Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Education Degree in Ghanaian Languages and Culture, Diploma Certificate in Ghanaian Languages and Culture and Three-year Teachers’ Certificate “A”.


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