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Teachers Forum
February, 2003

Girl-Child Education in Ghana
Tarikpaa L/A Primary School
Savelugu-Nanton District



Conducted by
Richard Laryea, M.A.
Girl-Child Education in Ghana

Go to Part 1 or Part 2 of this series of interviews.


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Accelerating Progress in Girls' Education
This document outlines a strategy for accelerating progress on Girls' Education in order to meet the goal of gender equality in primary and secondary education by 2005. This is the first credibility challenge of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals.

Barriers to Girls' Education, Strategies and Interventions
Explore such areas for analysis as direct and indirect costs, then view the possible findings / causes, broad strategies and possible interventions.

The Barriers to Education from a Gender Perspective
If we examine some of the barriers to a quality education through a gender lens, we find that for girls the hurdles are, for the most part, higher and more frequent - simply because they are girls.

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5 key Dimensions of Quality Education
For UNICEF, "quality education" is characterized by 5 key dimensions, in which girls often fare very poorly.

The Girl Child
Discussion and resources from Voices of Youth
The celebration of Ghana’s Girl-Child Education Week from October 5-12, 2002, reiterated the point that the community’s development is incomplete without the education of girls. Indeed it resonates Kwegyir Aggrey’s philosophy: ‘If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.’ The event was also an occasion to reflect on the role girls would eventually play in achieving the goals of Vision 2020 and their input in the National Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ghana. The week was also a time to reflect on the gains of implemented projects, adopted policies and conceptualised strategies revolving around Girl Learning and Education. This was not only for Ghana, but for all actors who have the welfare of the Girl-Child on their national agenda.
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In the global political arena, the on-going debate and action on the upliftment of the Girl-Child continue to stimulate the involvement of designated UN agencies. Notable among the range of initiatives is that of the United Nation’s Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) which is a concomitant of the Millennium Development Goals. Established in April 2000, it draws its constitution from 13 UN entities. It charges like-minded national and international actors to work in concert with the program to attain Universal Primary Education and also, by 2015, to bridge the gender hiatus encountered in primary and secondary education. This landmark in the annals of the Girl-Child Education is unrivalled. It dovetails into existing educational models, policies and projects already set in motion by Non-Governmental Organizations, bi-lateral agencies and national governments on Girl education. In August 2002, UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, visited a school in the region to assess informally for himself, the work being done with the girl-child. His clarion-call to Girl-Child protagonists was to continue the good work they had started and find more ingenious ways of retaining staff and pupils.


There are three interviews in this series. Go to Part 1 or Part 2.


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"Expanding Educational Opportunities for Girls in Zimbabwe"

"Supporting Girl Students in East Timor"

"Early Marriage and Girls' Education in Ethiopia"

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