Strategic Approaches To Girls Education (STAGE) – LEAVE NO GIRLS BEHIND (LNGB)
PROJECT: Strategic Approaches To Girls Education (STAGE) – LEAVE NO GIRLS BEHIND (LNGB)
DONORS: DFID/World Education Incorporated (WEI)
REGION: Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Volta, and Eastern
TIMELINE: October 2018 – September 2022
The Strategic Approaches to Girls’ Education (STAGE) project aims at combining two mutually supportive tracks for highly marginalized girls – formal school and informal learning – to bring a holistic approach to the education of girls and lower the barriers that they face at the individual, community, school, and system levels.
The STAGE project will specifically target areas of Ghana where high levels of extreme poverty, in combination with deep-seated traditional and social norms exist, resulting in negative impacts on women and girls. STAGE target girls in these areas are highly vulnerable and systematically marginalized due to factors such as early marriage, pregnancies, disabilities, and others.
WEI Partners on STAGE:
WEI NGO partners on STAGE (Afrikids, RAINS, Pronet, LCD, Pro-Link, Ghana Red Cross, Olinga Foundation and ICDP) will work together to improve LEARNING outcomes in numeracy, literacy, and life skills, and establish relevant and appropriate partnerships and pathways for the successful TRANSITION of 12,000 girl beneficiaries between 10 and 19 years old in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Volta and Eastern Regions of Ghana.
Pro-Link will work in four districts (Nkwanta North, Nkwanta South, Kadjebi and Krachi East) targeting 2100 vulnerable and out of school girls and 400 Girls with Disabilities) that is 625 marginalized girls’ per district per year using the informal approach.
Key activities of the STAGE project have been included to address the aforementioned outcomes of learning, transition, and long-term sustainability.
Pro-Link’s innovative approach includes community mobilization, capacity building, SBCC, Peer education, RBA, Sensitization and Advocacy, economic empowerment and an effective sustainability plan to meet the needs of culturally and socially diverse beneficiaries in the selected districts in Volta Region.
With each cohort of beneficiaries, the intervention begins with a focus on literacy, numeracy, and life skills through accelerated learning programs to get girls on track for transition into either a formal education, a vocational learning opportunity, or some form of employment.
Facilitators/Master Craftsmen will be trained in gender-sensitive inclusive strategies and provided with curricula and supporting materials to meet the diverse needs of the girls. The project will collaborate closely with partners such as Non Formal Education Division (NFED), Girls Education Unit and Special Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to develop basic training modules and teaching and learning materials to facilitate the adequate provision of support to marginalized subgroups of girls, such as those with disabilities.
The project will simultaneously work to sensitize communities and advocate at the national policy level to challenge contextual barriers affecting girls education. In order to do this, STAGE will establish peer education models involving adolescent girls and boys as allies; work with youth and adult male-led community sensitization campaigns to promote positive behavior change, and engage both the public and private sectors to provide opportunities beyond the learning programs.
To complement the learning activities and address the many barriers girls face, STAGE will focus on reducing poverty in hard to reach communities through farming subsidies, provision of school kits, and setting up of Village Savings and Loans Associations and Income Generating Activities to help families afford the actual costs of supporting girls education while alleviating the burden of opportunity costs when they are enrolled.