Teenage pregnancy is a major cause of girls dropping out of school. SAID’s advocacy has resulted in the adoption of a re-entry policy to enable school girls who become pregnant to resume their studies of acquire vocational skills after giving birth, overcome the challenges associated with teenage pregnancy and improve their life chances through effective education.
SAID also supports teenage mothers in Bawjiase and its environs through sensitization and training in life skills, experiential learning, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence and reproductive health. Such training has motivated teenage mothers to continue with their education despite having children.
Remedial learning classes
In order to enhance girls’ academic performance, we organise remedial learning classes through which girls are tutored to tackle challenging subjects and are assisted in preparing for school-leaving exams.
Our non-formal education programmes open doors to learning to women and girls who could otherwise not access formal education due to age, work schedules, financial difficulties, transportation, social constraints, illness or family responsibilities.
Women beneficiaries in particular are equipped with literacy and other skills, tools and resources to support their children’s learning and to practice gender equality among their children. These women have become increasingly involved in door-to-door information campaigns, encouraging other parents to enrol their daughters in school, and advocating for girls’ rights to education.
“Her Voice” Youth Empowerment“Her Voice” enables female youth empowerment and gender awareness by enhancing girls’ self-esteem, leadership, social and life skills, and promotes a positive attitude amongst boys towards girls’ education.
In many African communities, girls are socialised to be submissive and unquestioning. This undermines their participation in the classroom and ultimately affects their performance in national examinations. However, when girls are empowered to speak up for themselves, they can overcome gender-based constraints, especially those imposed by cultural tradition.
SAID believes that for meaningful transformation of gender relations, girls must participate in efforts to eliminate the discrimination and inequalities they face within their schools and communities. One of our flagship models is the innovative ‘’her voice’’ empowerment programme which uses theatre-for-development techniques to address concerns that hinder the social and academic development of girls. ‘’her voice’’ trains girls to identify and understand the problems that affect them, articulate these problems and take action to solve them. Through drama, song and creative arts, girls learn negotiation skills, how to speak out, self-confidence, decision-making and leadership skills.
‘’Her Voice’’ as initiated in 2017 and enhanced by SAID with gender-in-education and life skills components. The model has been introduced in Awutu Bawjiase in the Central Region of Ghana.
Over 75 students have benefited from SAID’s Her Voice model since 2017
Impact of SAID’s “her voice” model
Improvement in girls’ self-esteem and in their leadership, social and life skills
Teachers’ positive attitudinal change towards girls