On 31 July the opening ceremony of the 10th CofA summer camp took place at the Volta Hall, University of Ghana.
Forty excited girls from bacic schools in Berekuso and Pokuase spent two weeks taking part in the activities, learning and experiencing life at a university campus. Our video shares som of their impressions. You can read the full story here.
Somewhat nervous, but keen to start the 2017 CofA summer camp, the girls arrive at the Volta Hall.more
CofA shares the knowledge gained with government departments and educational institutions to improve the education standards, and the chances of young women, in Ghana and other African countries.
Daniel Amponsah has been working with College for Ama (CofA) as a volunteer Maths and Science teacher since 2014. He started as a volunteer teacher and became a member of the CofA Board, while continuing to teach at the annual summer camps.
“Working with CofA is a privilege and I stand completely behind its vision and mission of the ‘founding mothers’, so to speak. I enjoy being a part of the wonderful team of volunteers that are on board” said Daniel.
Teaching the children is fun, but also revealing in the way they show their naivety when it comes to Science. They often seem oblivious to the relevance of what they are learning and how different applications affect their lives. Daniel became aware that the use of English in teaching Maths and Science was a major problem for most girls from poorer, rural areas. So having teachers who can speak their language is a great advantage, while at the same time working on their English comprehension.
“Volunteering has given me the opportunity to understand the educational needs of less prviledged girls, so I can help them embrace Science and Mathematics,” stated Daniel.
It was also interesting to note the difference in teaching of Science subjects in many rural areas, where a more practical approach is used, while in the cities the emphasis is more on technology.
"Now that CofA celebrates it’s 10th anniversary, I hope Ghanaians, and the world at large, will see and share in its vision and support our work to continue to ensure that 'Ama' makes it to college", Daniel added.
CofA disseminates the knowledge gained from our summer training camps and discussions with teachers in schools taking part in the CofA programme.
At the end of each training camp, we write a comprehensive report with details of the effectiveness of CofA's comprehensive model and what improvements need to be made. Progress of the CofA girls after they have completed the initial programme is monitored and documented. This information is shared with appropriate institutions and organisations so that the lessons learnt can be applied to similar schemes and to influence Ghana's national youth policy.
You will find the links to our reports and newsletters on the left.
There is no lack of interest in good education, even in the poorest regions of Ghana. Lack of finance is a common reason for girls not going beyond the free primary education. Womenstrust is the brainchild of Diana Dakin. It pioneers microlending to women in Pokuase, Ghana, so that they can take better care of their own and their children's needs.
CPASGhana is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and girls in Nsawam, Ghana. It makes small loans to a select group of women and has expanded its work to include the School Girl Sponsorship Program, an effort to keep girls in school who are at risk of dropping out or who are taken out to work.
We got to hear about a fantastic movement called 'Girleffect'. Their message is earily close to ours. Take a look at this short video and you'll see why.
11 October is the UN's International Day of the Girl Child. For 2013, the theme is Innovating for Girls' Education.
"Even when girls are in school, perceived low returns from poor quality of education, low aspirations, or household chores and other responsibilities keep them from attending school or from achieving adequate learning outcomes. The transformative potential for girls and societies promised through girls’ education is yet to be realized.
Recognizing the need for fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward, the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child will address the importance of new technology, but also innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves."