Sparking adolescent girls’ participation and interest in STEM (Ghana)
Even before COVID-19 hit, many schoolgirls in Ghana faced obstacles in pursuing coursework, and later employment, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. From 2017-2021, UNICEF, together with Korea International Cooperation Agency, supported to the ‘Better Life for Girls’ project in Ghana. This initiative enabled over 4,000 adolescent girls to stay in school, prioritizing their education and advancement in STEM and empowering them to reach their highest potential. UNICEF Ghana has also been driving Ministry of Education policy on the re-entry of young mothers to school, leading a nationwide Back-to-School campaign in response to COVID-19 and targeting vulnerable girls including pregnant and adolescent mothers who are among the least likely to return to the classroom.