Due to the negative cultural practices of the people in our operational area, the girl child is discriminated against so far as access to formal education is concerned. The basis for this crime is that the girl child will grow and end up one day staying with another family. So she will transfer automatically whatever she might have gained to the husband's family. This same notion also brings in line the issue of property and inheritance rights where the girl child is not entitled to any property of her family.
Guided by our philosophy which places priority on education as the turnkey for raising the low status of women and girls, we seek to increase access of education for the girl child too. We intend to broaden the opportunities which can accelerate the education of girls. This includes providing sponsorship and creating income-generating projects for the women to enable them provide the educational needs of their children irrespective of their sex.
Research findings have indicated that the academic performance of pupils is greatly enhanced when children undergo early childhood education at an early age of between 3 to 4 yrs. Based on this conception we advocate for early education of children of both sexes by enrolling children in Kindergartens to "tune them up" for the more complicated academic work ahead. This approach is also intended to increase the pass rate of pupils at all levels of the educational system.
Due to the high cost of secondary education in the country, adolescent girls who get admission to pursue secondary or technical educational programs are not able to go to these schools because their parents cannot simply afford the unaffordable bills even if they want to. According to the Volta Regional Annual Report 2014, the dropout rate for girls in the Tongu districts is 49%. The completion rate for girls at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) level is 36% and the transition rate for girls from the junior high school (JHS) to the senior high school (SHS) level is 19%. Out of this 50% of those who are able to continue to SHS support themselves through street hawking and or indulging in immoral activities.
We intend to encourage parents through our advocacy program to do all they can to support the girls to have secondary education since this will broaden their employability on the job market. We want to achieve this objective through the establishment of income-generating activities for the women to enable the mothers to support their girl children too in secondary schools. We also endeavour to institute some sponsorship packages for brilliant but needy girls to continue their secondary education. All these measures are intended to raise the social status of women and enable them regain their dignity.