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The concept of Girls’ Clubs in schools has been given practical meaning with the inauguration of Camfed Girls’ Club at Mfantsiman Girls’ Senior High School (SHS) last Friday.
The 66-member Club, made up of 37 beneficiaries of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program and 29 beneficiaries of the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) bursaries, has Alberta Esi Nyamekye as its President.
It was the latest addition to the number of new Girls’ Clubs established in Camfed partner schools, bringing the total number to 17, while action plans have been drawn to revive the dormant Clubs in all the partner schools.
According to Ms Lucy Appiah, Programmes Officer, Camfed Ghana, who was speaking in an interview during a clean-up campaign organised by the Club at the Saltpond Municipal Hospital on Saturday, a decision to revive the Girls’ Club concept was taken at the Leadership and Enrichment Camp 2014, organized by Camfed at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.
Ms Appiah said the clean-up exercise was being undertaken to instill in the students a sense of giving back to society what society had given them and to inculcate in them the spirit of volunteerism.
In a separate interview, a Teacher Mentor, Ms Comfort Danquah, said due to the importance attached to the formation of Girls’ Clubs, other activities including a Keep-Fit exercise, a Health Talk on Personal Hygiene and the Clean-up campaign were also undertaken alongside the inauguration.
Ms Danquah said the activities were selected because of their relevance to the provision of quality education.
Ms Rita Hansen, a second-year student of the University of Cape Coast and a beneficiary of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, who participated in the clean-up exercise, said she decided to join the Club for the clean-up campaign as sign of gratitude for the support she received under the Camfed/MasterCard Foundation Scholars program and to boost the morale of her juniors.
For her part, Ms Nancy Nyame, a 16-year-old, second-year General Science student of Mfantseman Girls SHS and a Club member, said she hailed from Beefikrom in the Mfantseman district of the Central region.
Ms Nyame said she attended Ajumako District Assembly Junior High School (JHS) and completed in 2012.
She said but for the intervention of the Camfed/MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, she would not have proceeded beyond the JHS level of education.
The MasterCard Foundation, established in 2006, is an independent, global organization based in Toronto, Canada, with more than $9 billion in assets.
Through collaboration with partner organizations in 46 countries, The MasterCard Foundation is creating opportunities for all people to learn and prosper.
The Foundation’s programs promote financial inclusion and advance youth learning, mostly in Africa.
The partnership between Camfed and The Foundation is underpinned by shared values and commitment to the provision of quality education and comprehensive support to academically-gifted young women in deprived communities in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West and the Central regions of Ghana.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is, therefore, designed to unlock the potential of a critical mass of academically-bright but disadvantaged girls and young women from rural Ghana through secondary and tertiary education, enrichment and service leadership opportunities.
Its goal is to contribute towards raising social, political and business leaders for the African continent.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)