HIV/AIDS ProgrammeHIV/AIDS has a negative impact on girls’ enrollment and participation in school. More girls than boys are affected by the epidemic given the high incidence of sexual assault and early marriage. Furthermore, when parents are infected or die from HIV/AIDS, girls often act as family care-givers. We introduced an HIV/AIDS programme in 2017 to protect girls against infection and equip them with the knowledge and skills to cope with infection. The programme gives girls the knowledge and confidence to avoid high-risk behavior and enables them to prevent other problems such as teenage pregnancy, abortion, abortion-related health complications and early childbearing responsibilities. Girls participating in the programme also learn counselling skills. These club activities have had positive results for girls’ schooling, including lower attrition rates, lower pregnancy rates among schoolgirls, enhanced academic performance and a reduction in violence against girls in school. Girls’ Clubs are active in Bawjiase ST Andrews, St. Francis, D/A Basic School, Carefield Preparatory School, Estann Preparatory School, Penim D/A Basic school, etc.
Mothers’ ClubsMothers play an important role in encouraging increased access, retention and performance of girls in school. These groups track girls not attending school and link them to schools through guidance and counselling. They also facilitate study groups, tutoring lessons and mentoring programmes for girls, thus contributing to their retention and performance. Mothers’ Clubs conduct literacy classes and skills training for women. Members are trained in small business management and income-generating activities and given seed money to initiate micro-enterprises. Income from these micro businesses allows the women to bear the cost of educating their children. The skills and confidence gained through the Mothers’ Clubs enable women to effectively participate in parent’s associations and community initiatives and to become community leaders. Currently Mothers’ Clubs are active in Awutu Bawjiase, Akufful Krodua and Okwampa
Vocational education and training
In order to address the challenges related to girls’ education in post-conflict situations, we have initiated an intervention to empower girls through vocational education and training in Awutu Bawjiase.
The project seeks not only to train out-of-school girls, including in careers traditionally reserved for males, but to equip teachers with gender-responsive pedagogy skills and to influence the integration of gender issues and plans in each of the target communities.
SAID also creates opportunities for out-of-school girls and unemployed women through SocietyAid Apprenticeship program in Awutu Bawjiase, Akufful Krodua, Okwampa, Penim, Ofaso and Kwaman. This training allows them to establish income-generating activities and improve their life chances.