Educated women hold the keys to global wellbeing. Empowered to Educate is investing in 10 female fellows in the Ghana education sector; matching them with mentors, providing leadership training, skills building, peer to peer coaching, the chance to present their programs professionally. "There is a hunger for such programs among young women here in Ghana....they are craving the training and support, and employers are looking for the added career value." (Sally O, CAMFED/Ghana)
Can you imagine how different the world would be if more girls receive an education? According to the Brookings Institution "When girls are educated, they become educated mothers who are far more likely to encourage both their daughters and sons to go to school"...and change the cycle of poverty. Being taught by female teachers, who also act as mentors, role models and cheerleaders is key to girls' educational success. Supporting innovative young women educators helps them excel.
Empowered to Educate recognizes that promising grassroots female educators often "get stuck" in the early demonstration phases, leaving them unheralded, their promise unfulfilled and their careers marginalized. To address this challenge, we have established the Empowered to Educate Fellowships which recognize rising female educators with a passion for girls' education and a demonstrated ability to establish and run effective local education programs.
Empowered to Educate will award a minimum of 10 fellowships/year for the next ten years. Starting in Ghana we will move throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. After ten years we will have: 1) a global network of over 100 up and coming female educators in 10 countries, 2) universally applicable protocols for peer to peer goal setting and accountability, 3) a cadre of mentors, 4) linkages with global trainers, 5) university affiliations, and 6) grassroots programs which can be scaled.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
Results of co-creation visit to Ghana
Why supporting women educators is critical.