Challenging tradition, Leading Change, Fighting for a better world. That is what the girls in Achievers Ghana are doing.
In the communities they come from, men have made the rules. Women and girls are often faced with violence, marginalisation and discrimination. In the worst cases, the birth of a bay girl has been a major disappointment – a boy is preferred.
But these girls have had enough. They are demanding change. These girls we are working with are proving that girls are capable of everything. They are continually inspiring us, not just on special days, but all year round. Let give girls the chance to lead.
Achievers Ghana on 23rd April, 2020 launched its COVID-19 Response Initiative in the area of children’s education which is in line with SDG 4 entitled COVID-19 Home Literacy Project with the objective of helping to sensitise deprived communities in local language to ensure the residences are well informed on COVID-19 preventive measures and with the disruption of all activities including closure of schools, it is imperative children in these deprived communities are engaged while at home with innovative ways of bridging their knowledge.
Achievers Ghana is reaching 2,500 children in these deprived communities of Greater Accra region and specifically in Nima/Mamobi and its surrounding communities with home literacy and providing them with educational materials uniquely tailored towards educating children on COVID-19 prevention but also making sure they have ample materials to keep them engaged academically.
Lacking basic reading and writing skills is a tremendous disadvantage. Literacy not only enriches an individual’s life, but it creates opportunities for people to develop skills that will help them provide for themselves and their families.
Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These nationwide closures are impacting over 90% of the world’s student population. Several other countries have implemented localized closures impacting millions of additional learners.
Ghana confirmed its first case of coronavirus on March 12 and has since reported a total of 1,550 infections and 11 deaths. In a bid to keep the rapidly spreading virus at bay, the government has announced a series of sweeping measures including banning mass gatherings and shutting down all borders and schools. But the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the stark regional, social and economic inequalities in Ghana’s educational system.
Closing schools indefinitely has long been the reality for many high school pupils in slum communities of Nima and Mamobi of Greater Accra region, where educational facilities operate with limited infrastructure compared to those in well planned communities. This has often manifested in basic schools’ inability to resume classes on time due to a shortage of teachers, delays in feeding grants and a lack of building facilities which, on occasions, have resulted in children having to stay out of schools.
Almost all pupils and students who are kept out of the classroom by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Nima and Mamobi communities do not have access to a household computer and have no internet at home, at a time when digitally based distance learning is used to ensure educational continuity. Even teachers in these slum communities do not have access to reliable information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and household connectivity thus the rapid transition to online learning has been very challenging.
“Children are the hidden victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns and school closures are affecting their education…” Henrietta H. Fore.
Recognizing that knowledge gap and need to help address the situation, Achievers Ghana on Thursday April, 23rd launched the Home Literacy project in Nima and Mamobi Slum Communities of greater Accra region, the project mainly aimed at providing young learners within the target area with grade appropriate learning materials in order to reduce the impact of the pandemic on their education. Contents of the learning materials is centred on the precautionary measures of the novel virus. Passionate team members of Achievers Ghana and volunteers will be engaged with children using a participatory and (edutainment) approach. The team and volunteers will visit about 100 households and engages with 2,500 children on weekly bases.
32 girls from Al-Waleed Comprehensive Basic School at Kanda Ruga in the East Ayawaso Constituency Ghana benefited from One Day Workshop on Life Skills organized by Achievers Ghana with the support from Global Fund for Children.
The 4 hour one day training workshop for girls aged 10-16 involved activities such as awareness of rights and responsibilities, informed about social and political issues, concerned about the welfare of others and able to clearly articulate their opinions and arguments.
During the training, the girls were able to identify differing and opposing views and express their own opinion on what is fair and unfair in different situation. The aim of the workshop is to teach girls how to participate actively in various decision making processes.
Achievers Ghana in collaboration with Women In Debate, University of Ghana – Legon Chapter marked the International Women Day with the introduction of basic Arduino Uno Technology to 320 girls at Ayarifa Presbyterian Basic School in Accra on 7th March, 2020.
Supporting the Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers. The program is based on hand-on workshops and activities on Arduino Uno using the Breadboard, Jumper Wires and LED to create a prototype traffic light. It was really an interesting and educative as that event is the first of its kind to many girls in that community.
Girls and young women have the potential not only to become ICT users, but also to become ICT creators. And the good news is that jobs as ICT creators often offer higher salaries and lower gender-based pay gaps than in other fields.
Achievers Ghana in partnership with Women In debate organized this event to commemorate the International Women’s Day to encourage girls to pursue ICT careers. This event is supported and sponsored by Global Fund for Children.
In celebration of International World Literacy Day, Worldreader in partnership with the Ministry of Education launched the National Reading Day on 25th September at the British Council – Accra.
The ability to read is essential if an individual is to participate fully in society, and a population of readers is key to building a strong Nation. During this event, we will recognize the work of both the Ministry of Education and Worldreader in helping to build a Nation of strong readers.
The keynote addresses was by President and Co-Founder of Worldreader, David Risher followed by a brief message from the Worldreader Country Director, Carol Young Williams on the objectives of Worldreader to promote reading culture in every household in Ghana and beyond.
Achievers Ghana’s team was there to fully participate and entertained the audience with an educative drama (sketch) on the ‘Importance of Reading”. It was such an honour to be part of the historical event.
There was also a performance and released of National Song about Reading by Musician Okyeame Kwame and his children.
Also to help graced, the occasion was our dear Honourable Minister of Inner Cities & Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid (PhD) and Mrs Matilda Amissah Arthur, former 2nd lady of the Republic of Ghana. Though they could not stay for long, their short presence adds more value and momentum to the event.
The event ended with a special lunch and networking with some memorable photos.
Thank you so much Worldreader and Ministry of Education for this wonderful initiative to empower individuals through reading.
Achievers Ghana attended a two (2) Day Workshop on Child Protection organized by Welfare of Children and Youth Association – Ghana. Child Protection is a critical issue and needs critical attention from all stakeholders. Child Protection refers to protection from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.
Violations of the child’s right to protection are massive, under-recognized and underreported and are barriers to child survival and development especially in our communities. As a child-centered organization, and specifically for a girl-child, Achievers Ghana saw the need to familiarise itself with the new policies and systems that are needed to help promote the well-being of deprived girls in our various communities.
The workshop found that children who are subjected to violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect are at risk of shortened lives, poor physical and mental health, educational problems (including dropping out of school), poor parenting skills later in life, homelessness, vagrancy, and displacement.
The workshop also shares information on the process of institutional and technical capacity building, the gains made, the challenges encountered. It makes key recommendations towards the achievement of organizational best practices and a culture of human rights among the target partner organizations.
The workshop intermittently was occasioned by a seasoned energizer to help participants to refresh their minds.
It is our hope that the results addressed by this workshop, will not only be the springboard for future Child rights monitoring and reporting but should also form the basis of further interventions in building the capacities of families, communities, and duty-bearers to provide protection to children.
DreamOval Foundation in collaboration with Achievers Ghana is pleased to present the Females In Tech Initiative (FemITI) to introduce 200 girls in Nima to programming and Robotics.
FemITI is a project to train young girls to develop program solving skills through coding and robotics to empower them to facilitate technology creation to generate opportunities for social transformation and poverty alleviation. This training program will be offered at no cost to the girls.
Female enrolments in schools continue to decline progressively from the basic to the tertiary level of our educational system. This is the reason why we find it important to help with the development of young women and to ignite their interest in ICT education in Ghana.
FemITI will focus on programming, Internet of Things and Robotics training targeted at girls between the ages of 13 – 17 years. The purpose of this project is to equip the selected girls with digital skills which can be used to solve problems peculiar to their communities and can be a means to generate income. Our goal is to help the girls create a path for their success in education and to give them relevant skills for livelihood and sustenance.
The objective of FemITI is to create the foundation for young females to develop relevant IT skills to catapult them into entrepreneurship in STEM-related careers which seem to be a specialty dominated by men. We believe this initiative will provide the platform to harness knowledge sharing among women in the tech industry and most importantly create opportunities to develop women and increase female employment rate in the country. We have realized over the period that many people have misconstrued perception about ICT related fields as reserved for men and we hope to break that myth with this project.
The project focuses on girls in both Junior High School and Senior High School and will run for 8 weeks on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. All teaching and learning material will be provided for the girls and they will be given unlimited access to a pool of female mentors who will guide them, motivate them and monitor their progress over the period. The training will end with the girls participating in a boot camp.
This is a maiden edition of this initiative and we hope that the program serves as an opportunity and create better future for our young girls in Nima.
United Way Ghana in collaboration with Achievers Ghana organised this year’s International Literacy Day 2018 at Maamobi – Kawukudi, Accra. This year’s celebration was on the theme ” Back to School and Literacy Fair” witnessed many teachers, parents and children within the East and North Ayawaso Constituency of Greater Accra region.
Parents, teachers and community leaders were engaged in an educational seminar. They were taken through the modern way ways of addressing the needs of students both at home and school. Special Attention Project (SAP) addressed teachers and parents on interventions to help children with learning difficulties to achieve their potential.
Mr James of Eneza Education took the audience through how teachers and students can access the modern way of learning mobile web, desktop, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram.
The children were engaged in intensive reading activities from our volunteers. It was a really interesting encounter with the children as many of them find it difficult to read. our volunteers were able to bring out the best in the children and has been advised to take their reading very serious.
Some of the children also took part in bead making and many other activities. There were also facilities for children to play such as the bouncing castle and many more.
Other organisations that took part in the program were Ghana Education Service, Ghana Library Authority and Worldreader. Thank you all for making this year’s event a successful one.
Children grow up in a society that demands expertise in everything. You cannot sit back and decide that learning from textbooks is enough for the overall development of your child. It’s the age of specialization and your child cannot afford to miss out on this window of opportunity. So, scour your community for the most advantageous programs and enroll them for the ones you think are the best.
After School Reading & Writing Clinic
After school programs are basically designed to develop a talent or a skill that is ignored by regular schools. These programs could be educational or recreational in nature. Whatever type they are, they aim to keep the child active and interested. The most important advantage of a good after school program is that it widens your child’s area of interests. He or she is introduced to new things, sometimes interesting, sometimes challenging. Mastering a new art form or a new skill increases the child’s esteem. It also allows you to introduce your child to new career options. A child attending a public speech class may decide that she likes it so much that she wants to make a career out of it in the long run.
A Girl of Achievers Ghana giving a speech on Global Youth Service Day
Socialization is another great advantage of after school program. Children get to meet others who share their interests and make new friendships. An acting class or a soccer class can be lots of fun. Many of these programs coach children for performances or matches. Performing on stage or playing a match can be a great experience for a young child.
Socializing with a foreign volunteer
After school programs keep your teenager busy. They have some amount of protection from destructive habits like drugs and alcohol. Surveys indicate that children who are kept busy through diverse absorbing activities are less prone to abuse, depression and burnout. Significant increase in achievement and attendance and a reduction in drop out rates are other advantages of a good after school programs.
Keeping children busy in a positive way will help broaden their horizon
Most after school program have children interacting with one or more adult. This allows them to benefit from positive relationships with adults. Children often find it difficult to confide in parents and teachers, but may open up with other adults.
Some girls interacting with an adult.
Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. We must provide them an environment that will help develop the capacity as they transit from childhood to adulthood. For children, a sense of community plays an important role in the development of their feelings of belonging and security. Children thrive in an environment of mutually supportive and caring relationship, because of this, early childhood services and after school community programs can act as an important point of connection for families.