An Entrepreneurship Girls’ Camp aimed at empowering girls in deprived communities in the Eastern region, has ended here.
Organised by the Eastern regional office of the Ghana Education Service (GES), with funding from Plan International Ghana, an NGO, the camp benefited 200 female junior high students from Akuapem North and East Akim who were equipped with entrepreneurial knowledge.
The 16-day camp, which had the theme, “Transforming girls into future leaders and entrepreneurs,” formed part of a “Girl Power Project” being undertaken by the partners.
The training funded by a non-governmental organisation was divided into two batches with the first set of 100 girls selected from marginalised.
Ms. Cynthia Anim, Eastern Regional Coordinator of Girl Child Education at GES, noted that the objective of the training was to arouse their interest in entrepreneurship and enhance the capacity of the female students to fit into the job market in future.
She said training the girl child in entrepreneurship at the early stage would help to enhance their academic knowledge through teaching of basic learning skills in mathematics, science and technology.
Alfred Dzikunoo, District Development Coordinator of Plan International Ghana, for his part, indicated that “the project is to expose the girls to issues affecting their growth and development as well as enhance the knowledge-base on carrier guidance.”
He noted that Plan Ghana’s 2009- 2010 report on participatory situational analysis revealed that poverty and deprivation continue to be major obstacles to protection of children’s right, youth employment, health and livelihood development.
He said girls in the rural communities were faced with challenges of low self-esteem and low self confidence, adding that rural girls were not able to compete with their counterparts in urban areas because of “negative community perceptions, stigmatisation as well as gender stereotyping coupled with the attendant high school dropout rate for girls”
He said in finding solutions to child poverty, Plan International Ghana in partnership with Plan International Netherlands secured a grant from the Dutch Foreign Ministry to implement the Girl Power Project (GPP) aimed at improving post primary education of girls, protect them against violence and promote socio-political and economical empowerment of girls and young women.
From David Kodjo,