60 million girls in Ghana
After leaving Côte d’Ivoire, we have made our way to Ghana where we are supporting a project with our partner, CAMFED. The project will address two major issues facing rural students in Ghana: school attendance and the quality of education. The introduction of Mobile Learning Labs in 10 schools will address both issues while providing an opportunity for 20 educated young women to establish themselves as “edupreneurs” (entrepreneurs who work within the education sector).
This project is in the process of being implemented. Because of the pandemic, schools in Ghana were closed for 10 months in 2020 and only reopened in January 2021. During the school closure, CAMFED took steps to ensure that children were supported in many ways, including introducing the use of WhatsApp by teacher mentors to check on girls stuck at home. In addition, they initiated a back-to-school campaign to make sure that everyone was ready when schools re-opened.
Would you like to know more about Ghana?
Ghanaian proverb: Knowledge is like a baobab tree; no one can encompass it with their hands.
Did you know?
- According to the Global Peace Index, Ghana is one of Africa’s most peaceful countries, having been ranked 43rd in the world.
- English is the official language of Ghana but, as Ghana is surrounded by French-speaking countries (Togo and Côte d’Ivoire), French is widely taught in schools and universities. It is also the language used for commercial and international economic exchanges. In fact, Ghana is an associate member of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie!
Education in Ghana
- Ghana has one of the highest school enrolment rates in Africa.
- Primary level education is compulsory and free for every child; however, this is not true for secondary school levels.
- However, the average girl in rural communities in Ghana receives only four years of education and is often subject to abuse while in school.
- If you visit Ghana you will most likely hear about the Protect Girls’ Rights Campaign, that is expected to run until 2025. The aim of this campaign is to educate teenage mothers by encouraging them to take part in entrepreneurship activities.
You wish to explore a bit more?
Ghana offers some superb hiking experiences. One is to Mount Afadja. It’s the highest mountain in West Africa and offers spectacular views of both Ghana and Togo from its summit. It can be accessed through a dense forest and four-hour climb, passing three levels of waterfalls along the way.
Mount Krobo, at 345 metres high, offers a hike of 4 km: two hours on foot or a cycling distance of just over an hour. You can do an easy one-hour walk to the summit and rest, or take a break at the rocky plateau halfway up. Once off the hill, you can also do a 14 km hike through the Accra plains to Stone Lodge.