In the last few decades Ghana has made tremendous gains providing basic education for the country’s youth. Despite this progress many girls, especially in the northern areas, do not advance past the primary level.
In order to encourage girls to stay in school and increase their self-confidence, Girls’ Clubs were developed for schools across the country. To date, over 200 clubs have been formed with the support of WUSC, through Uniterra, a program run in collaboration with CECI. Most schools run two clubs, one for primary students and a second for junior high students. Girls from 10 to 18 years old from a variety of social economic backgrounds are welcome.
The clubs focus on academic activities while also building a participant’s self-esteem and leadership. Some activities include spelling bees, reading clinics, plays, debates and health workshops. Girls’ Club leaders and school teachers also reach out to parents and community members. Through informative workshops and speakers, adults become sensitized and more open to the idea of girls staying in school.
Over the years Uniterra volunteers have worked alongside local partners to monitor, evaluate and develop Girls’ Club programs.
For more information about Ghana Girls’ Clubs we invite you to read “Investing in the Girl Child” a strategy for Girls’ Clubs by WUSC Uniterra partner, Ghana Education Service. Or view this informative video.