Vulnerable out of school girls in Upper West to receive formal education
The dreams of some girls to access formal education in the Upper West Region is about to be realized as a non-governmental organization (NGO), ProNet North Ghana is set to enrol a total of 2,075
vulnerable out of school girls to begin their formal education from next month. The girls are children between the ages of ten and nineteen who, for some reasons could not access formal education due to their vulnerabilities in society.
The NGO initiated the teaching-learning program, which is known as “The Stage Project” to scale up girl child education and to also ensure that no girl child is left behind in accessing good quality education in the country.
The country director of ProNet North, Martin Dery speaking at a training program for 75 facilitators of the project in Jirapa explained that “the project is in two cohorts; formal and non-formal.”
The formal track he said comprises children between the ages of ten and fourteen while the non-formal consists of girls between fifteen and nineteen who either have not been to school or could not go beyond class three”.
According to the director, the formal group will be given a chance to have literacy and numeracy in their mother tongue while the non-formal group will go beyond that to have skills that they could apply
to ensure that their vulnerabilities are reduced. It is estimated that in spite of some interventions, over ten thousand girls of school-going age are currently not in school in the Upper West Region.
The five-year “Stage Project” is therefore expected to admit 2,075 of such girls to reverse the trend. The multi-stakeholder program is implemented in the Jirapa municipality, Nadowli and Daffiama Busie Issah districts with funding from UKaid and other partners.