Only 30% of students enrolling into higher education courses in Ghana are female.
This is for a number of reasons, including:
- Expectations to fulfil traditional roles – completing the chores often come before going to school
- Unable to afford sanitary products
- Stereotypical views – girls should stay at home and boys should go to school
- Girls should support the family by working rather than attending school
We asked everyone in the office to chip in with prizes, including a pasta-making course, bottles of champagne and even a bonus day off, gifted by our MD Becky.
The money we raised will be used to sponsor Alicia (pictured) to compete junior high and start at senior high, including paying for her school fees, exam fees, uniform, books and equipment, two school meals a day, a meal on Saturday at the Girl Power Centre where she will have help with homework and extra classes. Should Alicia find herself without a bed to sleep in, the Girl Power Centre will offer her one.
Alicia has huge ambitions!
Here’s her personal statement:
I would love to be a nurse in future. Helping people is my natural disposition and I enjoy doing it to bits. In school, I help all my friends in every small way I can. I desire to be a responsible woman in society, pressing forward and smashing all my goals.
I would like to thank the Girl Power centre for opening their doors for me even before enrolling me on this project and for treating me as a part of them. My name is Alicia Birago Adomako and I am a goal getter. Thank you.