Since January 2012, Educating Every Child has provided 49 scholarships to girls attending high school in the rural area of Manya Krobo, Ghana. ALL high schools in Ghana charge tuition. Each one of the girls experienced extreme hardship and poverty growing up and most of them are orphans. Since our program began in January 2012:
— 24 scholarship recipients have graduated with high school diplomas
— Scholarship students have won numerous awards for academic achievement
— We now offer scholarships in 4 different schools in the region
— We are planning to expand our program into a fifth school this year
THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN EDUCATION FOR GIRLS CAN NOT BE OVERSTATED.
— Girls Act as Agents of Change. When girls are educated and empowered, they can create lasting change within their community and the cycle of poverty can be broken.
— High School Girls are not being Reached. Current programs rarely, if ever, focus on adolescent girls.
— The Cost of Excluding Girls is High. Girls are often forced to marry at very young ages and therefore cannot contribute to their own economic empowerment or their communities’ economic growth.
Our Program is in Ghana
Ghana needs an educated populace to continue its economic growth. One of the fastest growing economies in Africa, Ghana is a democracy and has friendly relations with our country. We have chosen to work in the rural area of Manya Krobo because it is extremely impoverished and has a high number of orphans who need assistance to attend high school. High school education is not free in Ghana. All high schools charge tuition. There is strong community support for our program in Manya Krobo, and it can easily be replicated in other impoverished rural areas.