The first batch of girls participating in the Summer School 2014 has completed the programme. The Summer School initiative provide a rare opportunity to girls who have failed some subjects in their final year high school examinations to re-write the exams and progress on their career prospects. The project has provided a local housing accommodation facility at the youth centre in Yikene. The girls are housed in the local house during the summer school to keep them away from their families and away from all pressures to get married. At the youth centre, they have access to electricity for night studies as well. They also received remedial support from volunteer teachers who prepare them both mentally and psychologically to ensure that they pass their exams.
Apart from the remedial support, the girls also received lessons on sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well ascounseling on social issues confronting them as young ladies.The start of the summer school programme has been challenging and funding is still a problem. But it is hope that the girls will pass their exams and give meaning to the project.
For us at the youth centre, it is the best time to say thank you toJugendPartnerschaft Ghana e.V.for providing funding to the project and the volunteers for sharing their time and knowledge with the girls.The first batch of girls has written their exams and most of them have left the centre except those who still have to write in November. When the evaluation report is ready, planning for the next batch of girls in 2015 will begin, making good use of the lessons from this year to make the summer school achieve the goal of preventing child and early marriages that derail girls’ future.