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 Senya District, Central Region - Ghana.
The project seeks not only to train out-of-school girls, including in careers traditionally reserved for males, but to equip parents with gender-responsive pedagogy skills and to influence the integration of gender issues. This training allows them to establish income-generating activities and improve their life chances.
We take steps to ensure gender in African education receives active and sustained support from the global community. We contribute to global campaigns, forums and conferences geared towards attaining the SDG and EFA gender goals.
Strategic Partnerships In order to contribute to concerted efforts towards achieving EFA goals, SAID explores potential areas of collaboration and establishes partnerships with like-minded parties. These partnerships minimize duplication of effort and develop greater coherence and synergy in Programmes and approaches related to gender and education in Ghana.
Girls’ access to school as well as their retention, completion and performance are determined by existing national policies. Yet studies have shown that education policies in many countries do not take into account the unique conditions that prevent girls from accessing and completing basic education.
As a result, although there has been commendable improvement in addressing girls’ education, national education policies are still not comprehensively gender-responsive.
At SAID, we work to influence governments and other partners to review existing educational policies and adopt strategies to achieve greater and better participation of girls in education.
SAID recognizes that without appropriate education policies in place, there can be no effective gender transformation in education systems. SAID therefore works closely with ministries of education and education policymakers at all levels to influence education policy in favour of increasing access, improving retention and enhancing performance of girls in school.
We have influenced the institutionalization of several policy measures specific to the promotion of girls’ education. These include re-entry to school for adolescent mothers, affirmative action for admission to higher education, government bursaries for underprivileged girls and removal of taxes on sanitary towels.
Specifically, SAID seeks to influence the review of national education policies and plans for greater gender-responsiveness in the following ways:
Engaging in policy dialogue, ministerial consultations and involvement in policy formulation and review processes;
Monitoring progress of Education for All (EFA) through membership forums;
Commissioning research on the status of girls’ education in Awutu Senya District and other part of Ghana to guide advocacy and interventions;
Documenting and disseminating demonstrated best practices in girls’ education; and,
Developing strategic partnerships and collaborations with government, civil society organisations, networks and education coalitions to reinforce the girls’ education campaign.
Through these actions, SAID gets to become an active member of education task forces and policy review committees in its area of operation. SAID not only maintains focus on gender, CEFM and education in various forums but maintains the position of gender issues on the campaign agenda of Education for All.
We have some interventions that are run on the basis of clubs for girls, provide a second chance for adolescents and facilitate remedial classes for girls. Vocational Education and Training, non-formal education and HIV/AIDS programs Child Protection are also implemented by SAID.
SAID supports mentoring and counselling for girls through Girls’ club. These school-based clubs provide an interactive forum for girls to build their confidence, share information on subjects such as HIV/AIDS and receive academic support.
Activities in these clubs include development of life skills, sessions on adolescent reproductive health, empowerment activities, guidance and counselling, and media programs