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In order to continue with his education, he moved in with his aunt in Flint, Mich. Foster then took night classes and correspondence courses while working in auto factories and restaurants in Chicago and Detroit. At last, in , he received a diploma in accountancy and business administration from the Detroit Institute of Commerce, and then his high school diploma through a correspondence course in at the age of After being rejected several times because he was African American, Foster was finally accepted to Gallaudet with a full scholarship in Foster graduated with a degree in education and then went on to earn two master's degrees-one in education in from Eastern Michigan University and the other in Christian Mission in from Seattle Pacific College in Washington State.
Foster had long felt a calling to be a missionary after meeting a missionary from Jamaica who visited his Sunday school when he was a teenager. Foster first arrived in Africa in At the time, on the entire continent there were just 12 schools for the deaf in countries within the Maghreb region in North Africa and in the apartheid Union of South Africa. He then moved the school 30 miles away to Mampong-Akwapim after receiving a donation of land and building in which to establish a permanent residential school.
The school served 80 children and some adults. He served as the school's director until Foster also established Nigeria's first deaf school, the Ibadan Mission School for the Deaf in in Ibadan and shortly after two other schools in the cities of Enugu and Kaduna, as well as Liberia's first deaf school.
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He also served on the Ghana Government Cabinet Committee in which resulted into the establishment of eight more schools for the deaf in Ghana. Foster taught students, trained teachers, educated the public about the needs of deaf Africans, and advised government officials about the need for more schools for the deaf. As a result of Foster's unwavering efforts, Gallaudet began welcoming the first generation of students from Foster schools in Africa. Seth followed Foster's footsteps to Gallaudet after completing his high school education through the same correspondence course that Foster used to complete his own high school education.
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Seth went on to earn a master's degree in education from Gallaudet and doctorates in both educational psychology and rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University. Seth returned to Ghana to become a rehabilitation officer with the country's Department of Social Welfare and Community Development under the Ministry of Social Welfare. Seth also founded the Ghana's second school for the deaf.
Ezekiel Sambo, '70, from Nigeria, met Foster during elementary school and returned to Ghana after graduating from Gallaudet to set up more schools for the deaf.