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Education in Ghana

Girls like Nuria and Linda represent a new generation of young women in the north of Ghana – girls who are excited about education and ambitious for their future. But it hasn’t always been this way.

Here, girls are frequently denied an education, either because schools do not cater for their needs, their parents and the wider community do not value girls’ education or they are made to leave school for early marriage and motherhood; similar community attitudes and lack of teaching skills also mean that disabled children rarely get an education.

But as a result of an innovative education programme that VSO is managing, things are improving for girls and disabled children in three districts of northern Ghana. Funded by Comic Relief, Tackling Education Needs Inclusively (TENI) is helping to change community attitudes, improving teaching standards, ensuring schools are well managed and helping to change policies that prevent girls and disabled children from getting an education.

The programme is now in its fifth year and on three occasions Catherine has visited Ghana to gather stories that demonstrate the impact the work is having. Ben has supported with film and photography on one of the visits. These qualitative stories support the annual report to Comic Relief. By revisiting the same communities, teachers and school children VSO is building a valuable bank of stories that track progress and illustrate in an inspiring way the ongoing change and development that these three regions of Ghana are experiencing.

“Commenting on the stories VSO’s Programme Funding Manager, Lorna Felgate said: “The stories really capture the essence of the TENI programme and the impact it is having, and Comic Relief has been very happy with the quality of the stories we have included with our annual reports.”