Theresa Kufour passes on

Theresa Kufour passes on

Theresa Kufour(Late)

 A Former First Lady, Mrs Theresa Kufour has passed on at the age of 87.

According to sources, she died at her home in Peduase on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Mrs Kufour was born on October 25, 1935 and was the wife of former Presi­dent, John Agyekum Kufour, the second president of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.

She got married to John Agyekum Kufour on Septem­ber 8, 1962, and have been together for 61 years. She was a mother of five.

She was a nurse and mid­wife by profession.

The late Theresa Kufour started her education at the Catholic Convent, OLA, at Keta in the Volta Region and was educated in the United Kingdom (UK) as a Regis­tered General nurse in the Southern Hospital Group of Nursing, Edinburg, Scotland.

After further studies at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Paddington General Hos­pital, London, she qualified as a State Certified Midwife with a Certificate in Prema­ture Nursing.

She married Mr Kufour when he was 23 years after they met at a Republic Day anniversary dance in London in 1961.

Theresa Kufour was a grandmother of eight. She was a devout Catholic.

As a First Lady, she pushed for policy changes in the Government’s White Paper on Educational Reforms towards the implementation of UNESCO’s Free Compulso­ry Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) programme for kin­dergarten children in 2017.

She also founded the Mother and Child Communi­ty Development Foundation (MCCDF), a non-governmen­tal organisation operating in Ghana and Canada that supports work in the pre­vention of mother to child transmission.

 By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu

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