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Girl Child Education and Gender Equity in Ghana

The issue of girl child education and gender equity in Ghana has been a topic of concern for many years. Although progress has been made, there is still a long way to go to achieve equality in education for all girls.

The government of Ghana has taken several steps to promote girl child education and gender equity. The government has implemented policies and initiatives aimed at increasing access to education for girls, such as the Free Senior High School Policy, which has led to a significant increase in the number of girls enrolled in schools.

Moreover, local and international organizations have also played a vital role in the fight for girl child education and gender equity in Ghana. The Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI) is one of such organizations that have been actively involved in promoting the rights of girls and women in Ghana.

According to statistics, girls’ enrollment in primary schools has increased from 77.5% in 2008 to 86.5% in 2019. Additionally, the number of girls enrolled in Junior High School (JHS) has increased from 47.1% in 2008 to 50.3% in 2019. However, there is still a significant gap in enrollment rates between boys and girls.

Table 1: Enrollment Rates for Primary and Junior High School

Year Primary School Enrollment Rate (%) Junior High School Enrollment Rate (%)
2008 77.5 47.1
2019 86.5 50.3

The government of Ghana has been working to bridge this gap by implementing policies and programs aimed at increasing access to education for girls. For instance, the government has implemented the Girls’ Education Unit, which focuses on improving the quality of education for girls and addressing the specific needs of girls in schools.

Moreover, local and international organizations such as AFAWI have been supporting the government’s efforts by providing educational scholarships, organizing mentorship programs, and advocating for girls’ rights. AFAWI has been providing scholarships to girls from deprived communities in Ghana to enable them to continue their education.

Table 2: AFAWI Scholarship Recipients

Year Number of Scholarship Recipients
2018 50
2019 70
2020 100

In conclusion, girl child education and gender equity are essential in promoting sustainable development in Ghana. The government and local and international organizations have been working towards achieving these goals. Although progress has been made, more still needs to be done to ensure that all girls have access to quality education. AFAWI and other organizations like it are essential in achieving this goal, and they need support to continue their great work.

Written by Sylvester Dordzi

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