Objective


To lower the barriers that girls in Ghana face in achieving an education and skills training by providing non-formal education opportunities to in-turn create more diverse and empowering opportunities for employment of marginalized girls towards improving their life chances.

Background


The Northern Region has the lowest rates of literacy in the country at 32.5%, compared to national rates of 76.6%, as of 2015. Young girls in these communities often do not have the opportunity to go to school and those who do regularly drop out at a young age. RAINS, as an implementing partner of the STAGE project in two districts of the Northern Region, seeks to give opportunities to those girls who have never been to school or only attended for a short time, to empower them to develop basic skills and learn a trade or vocational skills.

Sustainable Development Goal #4 calls on every actor to make a conscious effort to leave no one behind when it comes to quality education and to support everyone, including women, children, and other marginalized populations. RAINS, under the STAGE project, specifically targets communities where high levels of extreme poverty, in combination with deep-seated traditional and social norms, have resulted in lower levels of literacy and education for women and girls. STAGE seeks to build the capacity of girls who are highly vulnerable and systematically marginalized due to factors such as early marriage, pregnancies, disabilities, and others.

Currently, RAINS has identified 591 beneficiaries, which is over the targeted goal of 575 for the first year. 23 of those are persons living with a disability.

What we do


In partnership with World Education, Inc. STAGE was launched in October 2018 to be implemented in six regions across Ghana in partnership with eight non-governmental organizations including RAINS. The goal of RAINS through this project is to reach 92 communities in the Nanumba South District and the Kpandai District over the next 5 years, with a target of 2,300 marginalized girls.

Focus Areas


    1. Providing non-formal education and vocational skills training.
    2. Reaching girls who are especially marginalized or vulnerable because of disability, child marriage, sexual abuse, or dropping out of school at an early age, among others.
    3. Mobilizing communities and community resources to support improved life chances for girls.
    4. Facilitating a platform of state and non-state actors to work to find ways of sustainably addressing challenges confronting girls.

 Strategies


    • Targeting girls between the ages of 15 and 19 for basic literacy, numeracy, and life skills training in their mother tongue.
    • Students then receive training from a master craftsman in one of 33 vocational skill training pathways, such as weaving, hair-braiding, soapmaking, etc.
    • Upon graduation from skills training, girls receive start-up capital to help pay for the necessary tools and supplies.
    • Sensitization for communities and community leaders to the barriers affecting girls’ education.

Partnerships


  • Funding: UK Department for International Development
  • Consortium Lead: World Education, Inc.
  • District Level Partners:
    • Community Leaders and District Assemblies
    • Non-Formal Education Department (NFED)
    • Association for Persons with Disabilities
    • Ghana Education Service
    • Social Welfare Department