Girls Empowerment Through Education Project (GEEP)

Every child has the right to a safe, formal, quality education and access to lifelong learning. However, due to a combination of factors, many girls who start school are unable to complete school while others never have the opportunity to access education in the first place. Factors contributing to this phenomenon is mainly the cultural beliefs and patriarchal values against women empowerment which is deeply rooted in the Ghanaian society. Being out of school doesn’t just have devastating consequences for girls’ life opportunities – it places them at risk of teen pregnancy, child marriage, female genital mutilation and other forms of gender-based violence. Even though Ghana has made some strides in gender parity in school enrolment especially, there’s still a lot to do in the area of empowering the girl-learner to know and appreciate her rights, question systems that fights against her rights and also become a voice and participate in the society in which she leaves. Being educated creates the needed platform for girls to exercise their agency, make their voice heard, and access their first leadership opportunities. Education therefore, plays a critical role in tackling harmful gender norms, and empowering girls to drive change. It gives girls the skills to become leaders, innovators and change makers, and to tackle future crises.

The GEEP aims to empower girls by equipping them with the right information and skills to have a voice in matters that affect their lives. In achieving this, School-based Girl-Peer Educators in intervention schools will be established. The project will also sensitize the boy-learner and increase the capacity of School-based facilitators (i.e Girl Child (GC) Facilitators, Guidance and Counselling Facilitators (G&C) and School Health Education Program (SHEP) Coordinators) in the intervention schools since they play critical roles in the school ecosystem in terms of changing perceptions and attitudinal shifts from beliefs that fight against girls’ education and women empowerment. Pregnant Learners found in the intervention schools will be encouraged to continue and complete their education.

An educated girl will be a mother in the future and there is ample evidence to suggest that an educated mother ensures that her children will get an education regardless of gender, brings up healthier babies, has better family planning and also participate in income generating activities and community social activities. Hence, this is a more reliable and sustainable approach to poverty reduction and wellbeing of the members in communities in the two municipalities. The project will be rolled out in three (3) cohorts. Each cohort per year. Year 1 will target 12 schools while years 2 and 3 targets 20 schools each respectively.

The overall objective of this project is to provide Girl-Learners in 52 Basic Schools with safe, quality, gender-transformative education in order to find their voices and learn to lead.