Educating the girl child refers to every aspect of education that aims at developing the skill and competencies of girls and women which encompasses both literary and nonliterary education. This includes the general education at colleges, schools, professional education, technical and vocational educations, health education, etc.
The education of the girl child has the potential of bringing about socio-economic changes. Educated women have greater chances of escaping poverty, leading healthier and more productive lives, and raising the standard of living for their children, families, and communities. Beyond every reasonable doubt, educating the girl child is equivalent to educating a nation because she’ll pass these values to her children and indirectly to the community and nation at large.
Democratic countries including Ghana have a constitution that guarantees equal rights to both women and men. Primary education is a key right and when a girl is protected through her rights, the society is assured of its sustainability. Realizing how important education is, both governmental and non-governmental agencies have embarked on various projects to strengthen the girl child education.
Child Survival Aid Ghana is also contributing to this project by focusing on three main goals:
- Increasing girls’ enrollment in school
- ·Improving the rate of retention, and;
- ·Improving the quality of education.
The first step towards achieving our goals is to identify and enroll girls who are out of school through a team of community-based volunteers.
To increase school retention rates, Child Survival Aid Ghana is working with communities to;
- Raise awareness on the importance of educating girls.
- Improve the quality of education.
- Make school installations more suitable for girls and;
- Impart life-skills training for girls.