540 girls’ benefits from Camfed programme

Beneficiaries of the programme

Beneficiaries of the programme

A total of 540 girls’ from the Upper West Region who successfully completed their secondary school education with support from Camfed Ghana’s Scholarship and bursary programme have also benefitted from the annual school leavers graduation and transition training programme.

The programme which is held annually for students who successfully completed their secondary education formed part of Camfed Ghana’s programme of action to ensure that their beneficiaries  are equipped with the needed tools to assist them make informed decisions on their pathways to successful livelihoods.

This year’s event is being implemented under the Mastercard Foundation funded programme dubbed: ‘Eenable young women to transition from school to entrepreneurship, further study and transformative leadership’ and is on the theme: ‘Shaping the future of young women’.

As part of the programme women who have managed to brace all the odds to succeed in their various fields of endeavour are given the opportunity to mentor the girls and open their eyes to the challenges in the outside world and build their capacities to cope with anticipated shocks.

Opening the ceremony, the Director of Finance and Operations for Camfed Ghana, Mr. John Asibi Ali said the transition programme was also to initiate their beneficiary students into their CAMA network.

He explained that the CAMA was a network of past beneficiaries of their scholarship programmes who have come together to contribute their quota to society.

Mr. Ali said the network has a current membership of 17,786 from their operational regions of the Central, Northern, Upper East and Western Regions with their headquarters in the Greater Accra.

He noted that this year alone a total of 5,733 students including the 540 from the Upper West Region would be inducted into the network.

On her part, the Senior Officer, Strategic Partnership and Communications of Camafed Ghana, Miss Rashidatu Iddisah said the whole exercise is to help provide relevant information and guidance to the young girls on career and life choices as they enter the next phase of their lives.

This according to her followed the successful completion of their secondary education through the support of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars programme.

The scholars programme apart from paying in full school fees of beneficiaries also provides them with annual stipends, textbooks, school bags, exercise and note books, school uniforms and sanitary pads among others.

Ms. said the transition programme would ride on structures and partnerships developed over the years of educating and empowering young women across the country.

“It will specifically build on Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship (FLE) components of investing in the leaders of change programme, the wellbeing programme, career guidance and teacher mentoring programmes,” she emphasised.

Madam Safia Musah, the Coordinator of the governance programme at IBIS Ghana who doubled as one of the mentors, admonished the girls not to allow the circumstances they found themselves in to limit their potentials.

Using her own background as an example, she said it was possible for any girl whether from rural or urban Ghana to rise to become whatever she wanted to be but that would require focus, dedication and hard work.

One of the beneficiaries who spoke to the Ghanaian Times on the sidelines of the programme, Suraiya Hasham expressed her gratitude to Camfed Ghana for the support.

She said but for the scholarship, her secondary education would have been sacrificed for the training of his elder brother as a medical doctor since her parents lacked the financial wherewithal to cater for the education of all.

Miss Hasham said having successfully completed her secondary education,  her next step was to go to the university to pursue her dream course of business administration and she was of the hope that her performance in the final exams would enable her further qualify for the Camfed scholarship dedicated to university students.

From: Cliff Ekuful,  Wa





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