We’re pleased to share this brief report on our program and the results of our evaluation with you. Please make a donation so we can expand our reach.
We are really excited that 6 more schools in Nsawam and Berekuso will start up exploratory clubs in 2016. You can help make sure we have enough materials for science kits for the girls who will be participating in our clubs. From microscopes to magnifying lens to projectors to reference books, these items will help girls and teachers experience STEM as they never have before! THANKS for checking it out this wish list!
We are also taking advantage of the fact that one of our board members will be traveling to Ghana early 2016, so if possible please ensure gifts arrive by December 31st. Happy holidays!
We love this address by First Lady Michelle Obama. Not only is she an advocate for giving girls around the world the quality education they deserve. She absolutely understand that such efforts must go hand-in-hand with creating safe environments in the classroom, school and community.
The First Lady of the US also talked about the shift in thinking that international partners need to adopt – to see families and communities less as barriers but instead as a source of solution. She points out the hypocrisy, or at least the disconnect, between a discourse on community mobilization and empowering local leadership, and what actually happens a lot of times. She acknowledges that involving community is often not the central part of organization’s programmatic work. And it’s risky, as we may not see eye-to-eye with local leaders, donor expectations (and cycles) as well as our instinct to preserve a good reputation, makes it hard to do really difficult work, which is also oftentimes inefficient.
And at the end, hard work is, well, hard, and also resource intensive. And it requires empathic staff who are willing to lead from the side and take cues from local folks. It also takes much patience to work through misunderstandings or simple miscommunications.
We know that having the community’s support behind the girls in every aspect of their lives, not just in science and education, is of utmost importance if these young women are to succeed.
We’ve been patient in building these relationships, in nurturing them, in repairing them as necessary, and we are grateful to begin to see the result of our labor. As the saying goes, If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
For our girls’ sake. We will go slow. So they can go far.
Excitement, curiosity, confidence from the girls, and encouragement from the adults to stay in school and do great things filled the air with promise at the Durbar, a ceremony and celebration to shine a light on girls’ participation in Science and Technology. The event was reported in Ghana News, Modern Ghana, myjoyonline, and on UTV. Wow!
The African Women Advocacy Project feels extremely fortunate to be welcomed by a community in which girls are encouraged to participate fully and excel in learning, especially in science , technology and engineering; where they are motivated to pursue their dreams, to go far.
This community includes parents, teachers, district directors, the municipal assembly, and the Queen Mother of Pokuase, whose granddaughter is in the science exploratory clubs. It also includes women in science, from our Chairwoman Professor Mrs. Esi Awuah, an accomplished environmental engineer and Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, and Reverend Joana Koateng,a biochemist and the science coordinator for the Ghana Education Service, as well as college women like Ms. Keziah George from the Creativity Group at the University of Ghana.
Enjoy these photos and click on the links above to learn more about the day’s events. Many thanks again to Country Manager Petrine Addae who orchestrated this exciting day!