In Ghana, social and cultural norms within most rural communities dictate that girls have no future in either further education or gaining meaningful employment. They are often not supported by their families and/or communities and as such look into other ways to break free.
They have not been exposed to greater life skill opportunities and experiences, equipping them to be able to make informed choices about their education, career and general life potential. GGG aims to address this by enabling and empowering rural girls to reach their own potential as well as supporting their communities to in turn facilitate this change for girls.
Informing girls on issues like sexual and reproductive health, hygiene, family planning but also more soft education like peer pressure and the opportunity to discuss personal issues with their peers, enables them to make better informed life decisions and feel strong enough to make them. Demonstrating that there are different (vocational) opportunities available to them, also through the lens of their peers, will make them more likely to remain in school or return to school. As GGG supports the communities by informing them about the benefits of equality and educating their girls, they will be able to take ownership of the issue and as such take positive action themselves. In turn this can inspire other girls and their families in the communities to be educated and aspire for a better future.
Improving girl attendance and enrolment in late primary and secondary school
GGG has created community-based projects that respond directly to the root of the issue. As the goal is to achieve long term, sustainable change, we looked at a project that will educate, facilitate and inspire not only girls but the community as a whole. Ultimately, we want to enable girls to let their voices be heard and to be educated so they are better prepared to take care of themselves andtheir family, consequently contributing to an improved quality of life within their society.
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.
In 2017 and 2018 we were active in 12 communities the Awutu-Senya West District. These were Awutu Bereku, Akrampah, Awutu Bontrase, Aberful, Bonsuoku, Chochoe, Fianko, Mafadwen, Ayiresu, Odotom, Ofaada, Okwampah.
In 2019 we are moving into other districts. We are looking into New Juaben North (Koforidua) in the Eastern Region and Kintampo in the Brong-Ahafo Region