Many Ghanaian girls never go to school and of those who do, many drop out before they finish junior high school. Early marriage, pregnancy, poverty, sexual harassment, and lack of attention to the specific needs of girls are some of the most common reasons for dropping out.
To improve the conditions for girls and find ways to keep them in school, Oxfam IBIS has collaborated with Ghana Education Service, the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district, and local communities to set up a model girls’ junior high school as a pilot project designed to find solutions to overcome the obstacles that girls face in getting an education. The school has a maximum of 28 students in each class, dormitories and quality toilet and bathing facilities.
The use of computers and modern information technology (ICT) is an integrated part of the teaching. The teachers are trained to encourage the girls to participate actively in the classroom and even to challenge teachers with individual points of view. Apart from the national curriculum, extra classes are included on sexual health and life skills that prepare the girls for the modern world, building their confidence and nurturing leadership qualities.
The girls help each other to do homework and study together in the evenings and the results so far have been very good. The first group of 28 students from Sawla Girls Model Junior High all passed their exams and 24 of them went on to senior high school.
Based on the success of the first girls’ school, it was decided to continue the project with an additional school in Kpandai district and possible further expansion in the future. in 2019 there are more than 40 dublicate schools in the northern Gnana.
Donors: Danida, Edukans, Kirsten Harboe (private donation)