Government of Ghana, KOICA and UNICEF celebrate results achieved for thousands of adolescent girls in Ghana

The Better Life for Girls Programme

31 March 2021
A group of girls int their classroom
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Accra, 31st March 2021 - The Better Life for Girls (BLG) programme, a partnership between the Government of Ghana, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has ended with a call to sustain and scale up interventions for adolescent girls in Ghana. This will contribute to continued progress towards the country’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Today, partners reviewed progress and celebrated the results achieved under the Better Life for Girls in Ghana Programme. They also shared best practices, lessons learned and the significant potential to sustain and scale up the interventions. The event also provided a platform to adolescent girls and young people to share their perspectives on the impact of the various integrated activities across all sectors, including health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, protection and empowerment.

The Country Director of KOICA, Mr. Moon Heon Kong expressed his gratitude to the Government of Ghana and to UNICEF for the success of the BLG project and outlined the achievements in the recent years: “KOICA Ghana has consistently demonstrated support to strengthening Ghana’s education sector by expanding opportunities for improved basic and tertiary education as well as technical and vocational education and training along with support to policy development and advocacy for increased national ownership.”

“Beyond the BLG project, KOICA is continuing to support the education sector with the provision of a new grant in collaboration with Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, for the ‘Promotion of Girls’ Competency in Mathematics and Science with Gender-Responsive Pedagogy’ project which aims to improve the academic performance and transition rates of girls in selected districts within the Central and Eastern regions. The project will start in the latter quarters of this year 2021 and will address improvement in math and science education and mentorship for Junior High School Girls in Ghana’s public schools.”

Ms. Anne-Claire Dufay, the UNICEF Representative in Ghana, congratulated and thanked the Government of Ghana and KOICA for this strategic partnership, which has been making a real difference in the lives of thousands of adolescent girls in Ghana.

“The Better Life for Girls programme has enabled many vulnerable adolescent girls to stay in school through targeted interventions, including facilitating the re-entry to school of young mothers after childbirth. Together, we have also empowered adolescent girls through vocational, entrepreneurial and life skills training as a measure to combat child marriage’. She added: ‘As the UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore said, “Adolescent girls are a tremendous engine of progress.  They drive economies. They transform communities.  And they lead change around the world.  But only if we give them that chance.”                                                    

The Honourable Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum  (MP) said: “It is interesting to note that with the advent of the free Senior High School, parents don’t have to make a choice between sending the boy to school instead of the girl. Consequently, the gross enrolment ratio for girls at the secondary level has grown during the last four years.

“The best Senior High School based on the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is a girls’ school. We know that as we support girls, they will achieve, and they will make the country proud. They will also lay a strong foundation for us to realize the nexus between education and socio-economic transformation.

“We will do everything possible to ensure that education plays its rightful role in the socio-economic transformation process, especially when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)– we want to make sure we grow these numbers and as we grow them we are not going to leave the girls behind.”

The BLG programme has demonstrated strong results which have the potential to be scaled nationwide. The Government of Ghana, UNICEF and KOICA will continue in their efforts to support and empower adolescent girls to reach their highest potential.

About The “Better Life for Girls” project

The implementation of US $5.2 million “Better Life for Girls” (BLG) project was funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Ghana Office and in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ghana with the aim to equip adolescent girls in Ghana with knowledge, skills and an enabling environment to make informed decisions. The BLG Project which commenced in May 2017 till March 2021 primarily targeted girls in the Northern, Savannah, North-East, Oti and Volta Regions and across the country to increase access to their learning and skills development opportunities. It further ensured the availability of powerful platforms from communities and institutions to engage on pressing issues related to adolescent girls, including child marriage, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence.

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