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Bank of America Sponsors Woodfield Manor Autism School

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Woodfield Manor School is a warm, happy and welcoming special school where our children come first. We have a highly trained and effective staff group who specialise in teaching children with a variety of special needs.

​Our curriculum is well balanced with a firm focus on the development of communication, social interaction, independence/life skills, literacy and numeracy. We know that by keeping these key elements at the heart of everything we teach our pupils that life chances will be enhanced.

We provide every child with diverse opportunities and high quality teaching and learning, with a focus on effective communication and independence offering every child the opportunity to excel.

We are ambitious for every child and our experienced class staff and therapists ensure that each child’s individual needs are met through personalised learning, small class and group teaching and specialist interventions.


CORNELIA BOATENG  (Founder of Creating New Beginnings)

 Prior to founding this charity and establishing an autistic school for disadvantaged children with autism and special needs in Accra, worked for Central and North West London Mental Health Foundation Trust, CNWL.

Cornelia held different roles within CNWL over 11 years. Service Administration Management, Equalities and Diversity Lead, Deputy Trust Secretary and Business/Project Officer within their Rehabilitation Services.

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Cornelia holds an MA in Management Studies; BA (Business Studies), Post-graduate Diploma and is a Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute, UK. As a carer, Cornelia has personal experience of the potentials that children with special educational needs have and is an avid advocate of unearthing the potential in these very special children. She previously served on the Governing Board of Manor Special Needs School for 7 years. Cornelia is a member of the Catholic Knights of Marshall and very involved in her church activities. An avid reader and good cook. Cornelia is a mother of three. Cornelia is the Country Director and Managing Trustee of CNB NGO Ghana and Woodfield Manor Autism & Special Needs

School, the school Creating New Beginnings UK has established for disadvantaged children in Accra. In Accra, Ghana she is on the Technical Working Group that is working in partnership with UNICEF and Ghana Education Service to draw up an Inclusive Education Policy for the education sector in Ghana. Her role in Ghana also included creating awareness, sensitising and outreach work with churches, societies, clubs, schools and organisations as well as radio and television work about the potential of children with autism and special needs and how important it is for these wonderful children to be nurtured and educated to be able to contribute to society and fundraising. This is in a bid to remove the stigma, pain and suffering of these amazingly wonderful children.


Also known as Sir Sam is the Patron and avid supporter of the work of WM Autism School.  Sir Sam founded Jonah Mining (Pty) Ltd. in 2005. Sir Jonah serves as an Executive Officer of Sankofa Trust (Proprietary) Ltd. He served as the President of Anglogold Ashanti Ltd. from May 2004 to July 31, 2005 and again since February 2007.

He joined Ashanti Goldfields Corporation in 1979, working in various capacities, including underground operations.

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At the age of 36 he became the Chief Executive Officer, and supervised the transformation of Ashanti Goldfields into a mining multinational, increased gold production from 240,000 ounces per annum to over 1.6 million ounces in over ten years, and oversaw the company's listing as the first operating African company on the New York Stock Exchange. Sir Sam had his high school education at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, Ghana then earned an Associateship in Mining Engineering at the Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall, England, and subsequently an MSc in Mine Management at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.

In 2009, he became a non-executive director of Vodafone. Currently, the Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast- Ghana, Jonah chairs the boards of Equator Exploration Ltd, Scharrig Mining, Equinox Minerals, Uramin, Moto Goldmines Ltd and Range Resources Ltd. He also serves on various boards including Transnet, Mittal Steel SA, Ashesi University, Standard

Bank of South Africa, Lonmin, the Commonwealth African Investment Fund (Comafin), the Advisory Council of the UN Secretary General's Global Compact,President Olusegun Obasanjo's International Investment Advisory Council on Nigeria, President Thabo Mbeki's International Investment Advisory Council of South Africa, and President John Kufuor's Ghana Investors' Advisory Council. As well as his directorships, Jonah is a member of the Advisory Board of the London Business School.

Sir Sam Jonah's honours and awards include an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc) degree awarded jointly by the Camborne School of Mines and the University of Exeter (UK) in 1996. Jonah House, Adisadel College, his alma mater, has been named after him.Sir Sam ardently supports the children and work being undertaken by Woodfield Manor Autistic and Special Needs School, Ghana.