The Executives of 14 Girls’ Clubs and their Patrons from two districts, Kintampo North (6 Clubs) and Akuapem South (8 Clubs), in a review meeting. The objective was to review 2012 activities and share best practices.
Ms. Evelyn Amponsah, Chairperson of Jema Girls’ Club, reading her report. “The year 2012 was full of activities. Some of the activities we implemented were: clean-up activities, football and quiz competitions between club members and the boys in our school, talks on self-esteem,learning techniques, bead and soap making. Our challenge was our parents’ displeasure of our meeting time since we meet after classes. This was overcome when the Queen Mother was made an honorary Patron. No Club member has dropped out of school and six Club members in 2012, qualified for Senior High School (SHS). This is a remarkable achievement as it has never happened in our school for six girls to qualify for SHS in one year. Because of this, girls’ enrollment has increased and all girls in the school want to become members of the Club. Our appeal to FAWE Ghana is to send us more T-Shirts for the increasing numbers and form girls’ clubs in all schools. Thank you”.
Excursion to Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Members of the Nana Osae Djan girls club visited the Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum as part of their club activities for 2012.
Girls’ Clubs have proven to be an effective movement in the promotion of girls’ education to raise girls’ aspirations to become future leaders. The clubs are very important communication tools in peer-to-peer and girls-to-community advocacy programmes. Through the clubs, girls acquire the confidence to discuss and solve problems that place them at a disadvantage. They are able to develop their personalities and boost self-assurance and dignity in their communities.
The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is of great significance because it is the final resting place of the mortal remains of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Nkrumah was born at Nkroful in the Nzema area and educated in Catholic schools at Half Assin and Achimota.
He received further training in the United States at Lincoln University and at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, in London, Nkrumah became active in the West African Students' Union and the Pan-African Congress.
He was one of the few Africans who participated in the Manchester Congress of 1945 of the Pan-Africanist movement. During his time in Britain, Nkrumah came to know such outspoken anti-colonialists and intellectuals as the West Indian, George Padmore, and the African- American, W.E.B. Du Bois.
On July 1, 1960, Ghana became a republic, and Nkrumah won the presidential election that year.
On the continental level, Kwame Nkrumah sought to unite Africa so that it could defend its international economic interests and stand up against the political pressures from East and West that were a result of the Cold War.
His dream for Africa was a continuation of the Pan-Africanist dream as expressed at the Manchester conference.
Kwame Nkrumah discussed his political views in his numerous writings, especially in Africa Must Unite (1963) and in NeoColonialism (1965). These writings show the impact of his stay in Britain in the mid-1940s.
Dr. Nkrumah's mortal remains and his important personal belongings are kept in a museum specially built for him, 20 years after his death on the same grounds he proclaimed Ghana Independence. This museum is located in the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.
Kudos! Nana Osae Djan Girls Club Members!!!!!!
The joy and happiness of FAWE Junior Club Members at Pamdu District Assembly Junior High School, in the Kintampo North District of Brong Ahafo Region, after they had emerged victorious in a quiz competition between Club Members and the boys of the school. As the adage goes “knowledge is power”. The expression of joy and excitement tells how appreciative these girls are, to have the opportunity to be in school and enhance their learning through club activities to be able to beat the boys in a competition. The Principal Speaker had this to say- “I’m so happy, this has never happened in the history of this school. The boys have always thought they are superior. Now, through the Club we have proved to them that what boys can do, girls can do better.” One of the boys could not help it, but to join in their excitement.
The victory of the girls signifies that the efforts FAWE Ghana Chapter and the sacrifices of its cherished donors are yielding fruits. The Chapter is using this platform to express its gratitude to all those who have contributed to the Revitalization of FAWE Junior Clubs to continue donating and to plead to all who visit our domain on the Global Giving site to join the gallant donors and also donate for the betterment of the girls. Your donation will enable the girls remain in school and achieve academically to be productive citizens and escape poverty, since education is the key to a better life.
Fifteen Girls’ Club Members Trained in the Production of Affordable, Efficient and Effective Sanitary Towels (AEEST)
A study conducted by FAWE Ghana in 2011 on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and
Rights (ASRHR) revealed that the average age of menarche among adolescent girls is 13
years. The staining of an adolescent school girl’s uniform by menstrual flow was found to be common. A large proportion of adolescent girl respondents to the study (53.4%), stated they had experienced flow stain in their uniform at school or in public. This incident may influence some girls to drop out of school due to the teasing they experience after their uniform is stained. Reasons cited for the flow stain included the high cost of sanitary towels on the market, making them unaffordable to most girls. High costs lead to the use of ineffective and inefficient sanitary towels. This has compelled the Chapter to organise a training of trainers (TOT) workshop for Girls’ Club members to sew their own sanitary towels, train other girls in the production, and receive materials from the Chapter to sew towels to be sold to other girls.
FAWE Ghana’s affordable, efficient and effective sanitary towels (AEEST) have been designed specifically with adolescent schoolgirls in mind, though any menstruating female can use them. Their purpose is to enable females to manage menstruation in an efficient and cost-effective way.
To Use: Users need a maximum of three and a minimum of two AEEST and any clean absorbent material e.g. cotton wool, cotton material etc. which can be obtained at a minimal or no cost. The absorbent material, which is to absorb the flow, is folded and inserted in one of the AEEST and worn. The cods at the sides are tied at both sides of the waist. The absorbent material, when wet, is removed and disposed of, and a new one is inserted. The AEEST is changed daily and replaced with another one which is used in the same way. The used one is washed, ironed and used again.
Shelf life: The two or three AEEST used during the menstruating period of 5-6 days in a month can last for over one year.
Cost: One AEEST costs GHc1.50 (less than US$1.00). This means a girl needs less than US$3.00 to manage menstruation for a whole year.
We would like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support and dedication to the AEEST project. We welcome any feedback, comments and suggestions that would be of use to the betterment and expansion of our project.
The day Mary Sassah graduated from Valley View University in Ghana was a day she will never forget. Though it’s difficult to describe how she felt when she received her degree.
“I can’t even put it into words,” says the 26 year-old. “I just felt extremely happy.”
On that day, Mary not only became the first woman in her family to graduate from a university, but also the first woman to become a graduate in her entire community of Fotobi.
The road to higher education was a difficult one for Mary. When she was a young girl, she spent her days at school, but the evenings, weekends and holidays were spent working on a pineapple farm to help pay for her education.
“There wasn’t any time to do homework,” says Mary. “My mother saw what I was doing and thought I was suffering for my education, so she decided to withdraw me from school.”
This is a common situation many girls in Ghana face. Lack of finance is one of the main reasons girls drop out before they reach high school. Social norms also stop girls from pursuing higher education. Many parents choose to send just their sons to school while encouraging their daughters to marry young.
“In those days there was no one to look up to. There was no one who was a graduate, but there were many girls that had dropped out of school. “
Mary knew she was different and that she would be the one to break the cycle. When she was in third grade, her mother wanted her to drop out of school, even going so far as to ask the school to release her, but Mary persevered.
“Even when I was young, I knew my ultimate goal was to graduate from university, even though there was no one I knew that had made it that far. I always wanted to make a difference”
Opportunity and hope came when Mary was accepted into the FAWE all-girls secondary school on a full scholarship. She excelled at the school and through FAWE, she met Denise Gray Felder and her husband, Donald Felder from New Jersey. The Felders’ saw Mary’s hard work and determination and agreed to pay for her university education.
Now, Mary is a successful graduate with a degree in Human Resource Management. She is currently a Teaching Assistant at Valley View University and hopes to pursue her Master’s degree. She hopes families and communities in Ghana will see her as an example and want the same for their daughters.
“If you start from grassroots with the chiefs in the communities, they should be able to inform and sensitize families to see the importance of girl-child education,” says Mary.
Not only will educating girls help your family but it will also help improve the community and country.
Mary says she wants more girls in Ghana to have their own goals and stick to them.
“When you don’t know exactly what you want, people can influence you,” says Mary, “Know what you want and fight for it. I had a dream, fought for it and this is how far the Lord has brought me”
Mary would like to expressly thank FAWE Ghana Chapter and the Felder family from New Jersey for believing in her and seeing the potential she possessed.
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