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Ghanaian NGO, Camfed Pledges to Support 5 Million Girls in Education

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The Head of Finance and Operations at CAMFED Ghana, Madam Fairuza Safian, has revealed that the organisation has developed a five-year new strategic plan to support five million girls to attend and thrive in schools.

Camfed Ghana is a non-governmental organisation that promotes girl-child education and rights in Africa,

Madam Safian disclosed this to the media while speaking at the one-day engagement dubbed “CAMFED Ghana-Media Partner-ship Meeting” in Tamale.

She said within the next few years, CAMFED Ghana, under the new strategy, would expand its workforce by making use of girls who pass through them, partnering with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to roll out a mentoring programme through young women graduates to provide social support to girls in schools, expand young women’s livelihood opportunities and build their capacities to provide economic support to girls.

“We at CAMFED value and cherish the role that the media play in the socio-economic development of any society. In light of this, we have worked to build a mutual-beneficial strategic partnership with the Ghanaian Media as partners in development,” she stated

In a presentation, the programme manager at the CAMFED Ghana, Mr Candace Bentil, indicated that as part of their strategies to promote girl-child education, the CAMFED Ghana was implementing a peer-to-peer support learning platform dubbed “Learner Guide” to help decrease the gender gap and retention in schools as well as changing social norms around girls’ education.

He also said they were investing in enterprise development for girls and young women to create a better and enabling business environment for the marginalised and rural women.

On his part, the Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) at CAM-FED, Mr Samuel Asare-Danquah, explained that since its inception in 1998, 559 899 students had benefited from the organisation.

He said a total of 90, 449 had been supported to complete secondary school through CAMFED-funded scholarships, adding that 2,400 teacher mentors had been trained to support girls in 1,189 schools within their working areas.

Mr Asare-Danquah added that 12,642 CAMFED Association Members had been trained in business skills with over 84,846 businesses in operations through the CAMFED loans and grants support scheme.

He stated: “CAMFED has established three ICT Centres in rural areas which are run by CAMFED Association Members, CAMFED has partnered with the Master card Foundation to implement the Young Africa Works programme, the Master card Foundation’s strategy to enable 30 million Young Africans to secure dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.”

In his remarks, the Northern Regional Chairman of the GJA, Mr Yakubu Abdul-Ma-jeed, urged members of the association always to be guided by the ethics and principles of the profession.

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