CAMFED reiterates commitment towards girls

By Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Oct 19, GNA – Campaign for Female
Education (CAMFED Ghana) has reiterated its unwavering support for girls and
young women, saying it will continue to work to improve their capacity and
empower them with knowledge and skills to become economically independent.

Mr John Asibi Ali, National Director of CAMFED
Ghana, who gave the assurance at CAMFED Ghana’s 25th Annual General Meeting
(AGM) held in Tamale on Thursday, said this would position girls and young
women to contribute meaningfully to their families and communities.

Mr Ali said “We will continue to multiply
educational opportunities for girls and empower young women to become leaders
of change”.

This year’s AGM, which coincided with the
organization’s 25th anniversary, was to take stock of the previous year and
strategize for the years ahead.

The event, which was on the theme: “25 Years
of Empowering Young Women,” drew participants from civil society organizations,
the public and private sectors.

Some beneficiaries of CAMFED Ghana’s programme
referred to as CAMA members also exhibited some products, such as beads
products, foot wears, shea butter amongst others at the AGM. 

Mr Ali said “At the end of last year, 68,908
girls had been directly supported through secondary education with CAMFED
scholarship, while 23,660 young women from rural communities are members of
CAMA.”

He said “In addition, 2,299 teacher mentors
and community mentors have been trained to support girls in 860 CAMFED partner
schools. The number of CAMA members trained in business skills is 8,541, while
2,387 small businesses have been started by CAMA members, who have received a
CAMFED loan, grant or training.”

He added that “The monetary value of resources
contributed by community members and CAMA to support disadvantaged children to
go to school is $2,823,860.”

Early this month, CAMFED Ghana signed a
memorandum of understanding with the National Board for Small Scale Industries,
which is within the framework of a transition programme that it was implementing
in partnership, and with funding support from the Mastercard Foundation.

Mr Ali said the transition programme was
designed, amongst others, to enable young women to transition from school to
entrepreneurship, further study, employment and transformative leadership in
the country.

He assured that CAMFED Ghana would continue to
complement the efforts of government to expand access to quality education for
all children.

Mr Joseph Kingsley Akuaboah, of the Guidance
and Counselling Unit of the Ghana Education Service, congratulated CAMFED Ghana
for its services to young women and girls as well as efforts to ensure safe
schools and conditions conducive for teaching and learning.

He appealed to CAMFED Ghana to expand its
programmes across the country to ensure that girls and young women in other
parts of the country also benefited.

CAMFED Ghana, meanwhile, used the occasion to
unveil a new logo, which represented its beliefs and spirit moving forward with
its operations in the country.

CAMFED Ghana is a non-governmental
organization, and works in 31 districts in Northern, Upper East, Upper West and
Central Regions.

GNA

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