The story of Joyce Kekulah
The girl who never gives up
I am eighteen years old, and my name is Joyce Kekulah. I live in Kakata City, Margibi County, in Liberia.
I want to be an accountant. I am inspired by the female manager of the local branch of a commercial bank. I’m yet to tell her that she has inspired me.
She comes to my church, and I see her every Sunday. One day I will tell her how she inspired me to become an accountant and work in a bank. I also want to be able to earn enough to look after my family.
I am a member of my school’s Girls Club, and together with other members, I go out to speak to other young girls and encourage them to join or return to school.
The Girls Clubs have been set up in 45 schools in 18 districts of 6 counties, where education indicators are lower than the national average. They have been set up as part of the Ministry of Education’s Gender Equitable Education Programme (GEEP), which is supported by UNICEF and implemented by ADWANGA. The GEEP programme seeks to promote access to education and increase the retention and completion rates of adolescent girls in grades seven through nine.
To date, some 5,000 girls have benefitted from the GEEP programme in Liberia.