African Girls Leadership Initiative

by Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
Oct 18, 2012

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa - 4th Quarter 2012

International student Julateh Mulbah w/ family
International student Julateh Mulbah w/ family

Education and leadership development of girls, youth and women are the core platforms of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.


  • Scholarships to Liberian colleges and universities
  • Scholarships to primary and secondary boarding schools
  • Afternoon enrichment program in underserved communities

Leadership Development

  • Internships & volunteer opportunities with GPFA-provided stipends
  • Segal Family Planning Ambassadors
  • Youth symposiums
  • Annual Peace Through Fair Play Youth Camp

Newest Scholars

Starz College is providing ten full scholarships to Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa—five scholarships for fall 2012 and five more in fall 2013.  Our scholars will study the areas of Information Technology, the Starz Business & Technology Integration Program, Starz Career Module One to become Microsoft Certified System Engineers and Module Three to become Cisco Certified Systems Engineers. 

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa made public announcements about the scholarship opportunities and invited interested candidates to apply and interview at the Foundation.  Rachel, Harriet, Sewon and Sayea successfully demonstrated their aptitude to meet the academic demands of Starz College.  Our goal is to identify five candidates who meet the high standards of admission for Starz College.

Institutional partners like Starz College, Vassar College (US), KU Leuven (Belgium), Ashesi University College (Ghana), and Cairo University (Egypt) have full scholarships available to Liberians through Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.  Yet, the Foundation has found that even our best students have not been prepared to meet minimum standards of admission.  This is why the Foundation is expanding its scholarship program to include primary and secondary school students.   We cover tuition, pay for medical exams, assist with the application process, and provide everything from bags of rice to mattresses to sanitary napkins.  Musu Konneh (pictured with father) and Elice Torpah are entering 8th and 4th grade respectively. Referred by the Women in Peace & Security Network (WIPSEN), we go to remote communities (see GPFA associate Rose in blue), and work with families to prepare their daughters for admission. Your support makes these efforts possible. 

Starz College and Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa are proud partners of efforts to prepare Liberians for the current and future career opportunities available in Liberia.  

Featured Scholar

Ma Hawa Ngaima is 18 years old, and is named after her late grandmother. As the first and only member of her family to attend a college or university, Ma Hawa is enrolled at the University of Liberia, one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in West Africa.  Ma Hawa’s big cheeks and round eyes conceal a steely focus. She studies Biology & Chemistry at UL, and will use her education to treat children suffering from chronic diseases. Ma Hawa is from Lofa County. The Lofa County Development Agenda (LCDA) cited in its 2008-2012 report that about a quarter of women 15 years and older were literate (compared to half of men) and just 14 percent of females aged 12-17 were enrolled in secondary school (compared to 39 percent of males).

With her scholarship, Ma Hawa is determined to further her education to the master’s degree level because “I want to work for the interests of children.” With a last name that means “come back” in the Gbandi language, Ma Hawa intends to return to Lofa to use her education for the betterment of the community.  Ma Hawa is grateful that “I don’t have to worry about school fees and transportation anymore. I am the most happiest child! I hope other girls are helped so that they too can tell that they have been cared for and not left behind; to make them feel important to society.”

 Ma Hawa is currently putting her education to the test at an internship with a local clinic in Monrovia on a GPFA stipend. 


There are curently 29 scholaship recipients representing 9 different Liberian counties. 

Tubman University Niki P.
Tubman University Niki P.
Tubman University engineering student Angeline K.
Tubman University engineering student Angeline K.
Cuttington University Ama A.
Cuttington University Ama A.
United Methodist University student Hannah N.
United Methodist University student Hannah N.
Biology student Ma Hawa at internship.
Biology student Ma Hawa at internship.

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Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Location: Monrovia, Montserrado - Liberia
Website: https:/​/​​GboweePeaceFoundationAfrica
Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
Project Leader:
Williametta Saydee-Tarr
Executive Director
CongoTown, Montserrado Liberia

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