The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana provides academic and financial support for girls and applicants with special needs so that they can access higher education and professional opportunities.
GEIG will transform the lives of young women in Ghana and improve development and poverty reduction of the country overall by offering higher education and professional opportunities to an untapped source of talent.
Ghana is a thriving middle – income state in West Africa. The country is rich in resources however those resources aren’t equally distributed and accessible. Consequently, poverty is prevalent.
The country’s development is lacking; as of 2006, 28.5% of the population accounted for the national poverty rate. An indicator for assessing poverty is an individual’s education level. The education sector, especially higher education for female students demands attention.
There has been a decrease in completion rates for girls in Junior High School, consequently growing the disparity in education for male and female students moving from primary through Junior to Senior Secondary School. According to the Education Management Information System, EMIS of the Ghana Ministry of Education, Report on Basic Statistics and Planning Parameters for Basic Education in Ghana, published in May 2013 the net admission rate of all students in primary schools has decreased by 9.6% from 2011-2013.
At the primary level the percentage of girls enrolled marginally increased from 48.68% to 49.83% however at the junior high school level the ratio of enrollment of boys to girls decreases; Compared to boys enrollment of girls in junior high schools decreased by 1.2% from 2011-2013.
As of the 2013 census Ghana has a total population of 25.4 million people. Youth (persons ages 0-24) are 57.8 percent of the total population in Ghana. Of the youth population, 51 percent (12,804,293) are females. GEIG is scalable because there is a great need to advance education for this population. “The completion rate for JHS decreased significantly from 2009-2010 after having reached a peak of 75 in 2008-2009. A positive trend has reemerged in 2010/11 but was not large enough to redress the initial fall from 2008/9.
The completion rate is far short of the target required to achieve universal basic education by 2015 and Ghana does not appear likely to reach this target based on historical trends in JHS and current completion rates for primary, which will feed into JHS. In underserved districts the completion rate is 13 percentage points lower at 57.0. This disparity in underserved districts is higher for the completion rate (GER for JHS3) than for the GAR (GER for JHS1) at 9 percentage points. This suggests that the gap in access between the deprived and non-deprived districts increases over the course of JHS.”
Given adequate resources and opportunities, girls can harness their talents to become impactful in the Ghanaian society and transform the economy.