Young girls' education must be a right and not a privilege. This is the message our collaborator Rural Education for Empowerment Program (REEP) is spreading around the rural areas of northern Ghana. Together, we reach more than 2 million listeners - including parents - through radio programs.
The programs are about making the parents aware of the importance in their girls completing an education. Unfortunately, there are still many young girls who do not reach beyond primary school - even though their ambitions and dreams go far beyond that.
With funding from Kavlifondet , we have established school clubs where young women are taught to think critically, independently and ask questions about the traditional role of women in Ghanaian society. They learn through roleplaying, presentations and writing of poetry. The girls actively use their knowledge to act as role models and teach other girls. As one of the younger girls says, "I just had to join in, because the REEP girls radiate a special self-confidence". REEP also does theater performances in the villages to show how and how much girls and women can contribute to society.
The girls talk about the project here.