An educated girl will stay healthy, save money, build a business, empower her community, lift her country, change the world

About the district

The region that GGG will be active in mostly consists of farmers and fishermen. The unemployment rate is high and girls are expected to work on the land and help around the household. Prostitution and child trafficking are high, especially on the coast, and if you walk around you see a lot of children out of school.

Schooling is free in Ghana. However the parents are expected to pay for extra lessons, the school uniform and meals (even though one of the new electoral campaign subjects is to provide free meals in school). Furthermore school supplies are often difficult to find in remote areas. So when you talk about education, they will give this as a reason for not sending their children to school. There is little community action to stimulate education and it is very notable how much money is being spent on for instance weddings and funerals as people do save for that. But they don’t save for schooling for their children and especially not for girls.

Our goals

  • To have more girls enroll and more girls remain in school
  • Mobilising girl groups and building on self empowerment and strengths
  • Changing parents perception on the importance of girl education
  • Bringing parents, officials, teachers and youth together to promote educating girls
  • Promote community ownership and inclusion to gain support from the leaders to make a sustainable change in girls education

Projects

To reach our goals we have formulated several project ideas.
  • Creation of “Go-Girl-Groups” for in and ‘out of school’ girls. By connecting the groups to local role models and peers, we’ll create a safe space where girls feel confident to express issues and raise awareness in relevant topics such as education, health, hygiene and family-planning. This will provide the girls with greater exposure to and understanding of the benefits to continue in or go back to school, no matter the circumstance. Additionally monthly workshops will provide opportunities to experience activities outside of the formal education system, such as photography, creative writing, or other vocations that will enable them to consider that education can bring about other options in their life.
  • GGG will hold a volunteer training based on the Community Life Competence Process and SALT with trainers from the Constellation organisation.
  • This training will give facilitators tools to motivate their communities in weekly home-visits to understand why girls deserve an equal place in society, what difference educating girls can make for their future and encourage communities to develop their own long-term solutions (local response) to maintain girls in school.
  • These visits will be complemented by quarterly community events to reinforce the goals and ideas of the communities. At these events GGG, together with stakeholders from the community and guest speakers, will have open discussion forums with the target community to keep the debate in education and local response going.
  • When the communities are inspired to take ownership and action, they will need our support to ensure they reach their goals.We will actively advocate with (local) governments and (inter-) national businesses to reach our goals.
  • For the talented students, whose families see the importance of education but are struggling with the financial means, we will give “back to school support” (books, uniforms, bags)

 

In 2018 we will include the following additional project

 

  • Start a magazine and radio show for girls by the girls in the above mentioned groups, which will be distributed in the communities at first and possibly regionally and nationally later. This will empower the girls to step outside their comfort zone and will work to inspire their peers outside the target area. And it has the added benefit to inform the all stakeholders of their progress.

Sustainability

Go Girl Ghana wants to make sure that the communities maintain the road to change for girls, even without our physical support. We believe that by training, inspiring and mobilising the communities to think of community based solutions, they will take ownership of the challenges that they face and work together. This way they are on the road to sustainable social change.

Where we are active

We will be active in 10 communities in the Central Region of Ghana. In 2018 we will evaluate success and will look into expanding into other areas.

Awutu Bereku, Awutu Bontrase, Okwampa, Ahintia/ Kwame Whettey, Aberful/ Amadua, Fianko/Otopiase, Mafadwen/Nkwadum, Ayiresu/Bentum, Ofaada, Bonsuoku