The Ghana Education Service has expressed appreciation to Vodafone Ghana Foundation and British Council for its annual mentorship camp programme aimed at encouraging young girls nationwide to pursue their career goals to the very top. Speaking on how the three-day mentorship programme will help shape the career of the privileged 300 girls, Director of Girls Education Unit at the Ghana Education Service (GES), Catherine Nutsugah Mikado said: “The Girls Camp will motivate and encourage these 300 brilliant girls to pursue higher education, reducing student dropout rates in deprived communities especially, and increase girl child involvement in formal education and career development”. The District Director says the second annual camp meeting has paved way for girls to be empowered on topics like career opportunities, self-assessment, positive attitudes to learning, personal hygiene, networking, among others; adding that the girls should take their studies seriously. Commenting on the programme, Head of Vodafone Ghana Foundation, Ebenezer Amankwah said: “Female empowerment is an action that society must take seriously from the early years of the girl-child. It is not enough to put your girl-child through school and hope that she turns out well. This is why the Vodafone Scholars progamme is designed to ensure that our ladies are wholly equipped and empowered to pursue their dreams.” The camp meeting held at Labone Senior High School brought together resource persons from Ashesi University, Ghana Education Service (GES), Vodafone Ghana, as well as board members of the Vodafone Ghana Foundation, including Mr. Ken Ashigbey. Vodafone Ghana Foundation’s Scholars initiative is a three-year scholarship scheme aimed at offering financial support to brilliant but financially-challenged females at the Senior High School (SHS) and University levels in Ghana. Since 2015, Vodafone has, in collaboration with the British Council, enrolled 300 brilliant but financially-challenged girls in over 80 senior high schools across Ghana. The scholarship package includes full tuition, administration fees, texts books, exercise books and some stipend for the beneficiaries.
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