Wednesday, February 6, 2008

CARE Int supports Education of Girls

CARE International supports Girl Child Education

The Ghanaian Times, Wednesday, February 6, 2008. Page 23 (Regional News)

CARE International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), on Saturday launched the second phrase of its project dubbed: “Responsibility for Education of Girls Active Learning” (REGAL), at Mampong in Sekyere-West District of Ashanti.

The project, which would last for a year and designed to benefit primary school girls, would be undertaken in both in Sekyere-West and Amansie districts. It aims among other things at creating a more conducive learning environment for girls in twenty communities each of two districts, the strengthening and consolidating increased girls’ enrolment and retention as well as facilitating commitment to girls’ education.

The girls education project, which will be undertaken in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Sekyere-West District Assembly and the communities concerned, would benefit 3,500 girls from the two communities targeted under the project. There were participants from the GES, Sekyere-West District Assembly, NGOs, traditional rules and representatives of some beneficiary communities.

Mr. George Appiah, an assistant project manager of CARE International, who facilitated the meeting stated that 30 community schools from the two districts benefited from REGAL I, which is also a one year project, which elapsed in December last year. According to him, all the 30 project communities received GH¢ 2,200 each year for the Community Education International (CEI) grant last year.

The CEI grant was among other things used by the beneficiary communities to create a girl-friendly school environment and also support the enrolment and retention of girls in school, he added. Mr. Appiah mentioned some of the intervention strategies and activities for REGAL II project as girls’ education performance, life skills for girls, capacity building, community mobilisation and education initiative.

In a related development, Mr. Appiah on behalf of CARE International donated two computers and their accessories to the girl child education department of the Sekyere-West District Directorate of the GES and Solid Kids and Teens (SOKIT), a local NGO, which facilitates the education of the girl child in the Sekyere-West District.

Receiving the items on behalf of the two beneficiaries, Mrs. Gladys Amaning, Sekyere-West Director of the GES, thanked the donors and promised that the items would be used to serve the purpose for which they were given. –GNA

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