GGG has created community-based projects that respond directly to the root of the issue. As the goal is to achieve long term, sustainable change, we looked at projects that will educate, facilitate and inspire not only girls but the community as a whole. Ultimately we want to enable girls to let their voices be heard and to be educated so they are be better prepared to take care of themselves and their family, consequently contributing to an improved quality of life within their society.
In Ghana, social and cultural norms within most rural communities dictate that girls have no future in either further education or gaining meaningful employment. They are often not supported by their families and/or communities and as such look into other ways to break free. They have not been exposed to greater life skill opportunities and experiences, equipping them to be able to make informed choices about their education, career and general life potential.
Informing girls on issues like sexual/reproductive health, hygiene, family planning in a safe place with their peers, will empower them make better informed life decisions. Demonstrating that there are different opportunities available, will make them more likely to remain in or return to school. As we support the communities by informing them about the benefits of equality and educating their girls, they will be able to take ownership of the issue and as such take positive action themselves.
We it is very important that the communities stay on the path of change, even if we no longer support them physically. We believe that by training, inspiring and mobilizing them to think about solutions from their community, they will take responsibility for the challenges they face and will work together from there. We aim to: *Reduce teen pregnancy *Reduce school drop outs *Improve school attendance *Improve community action *Social norm change on equality of girls