Varkey Foundation, a UK based girls’ education oriented NGO, has embarked on a project in six communities in the Volta and Greater Accra Regions aimed at transforming the lives of girls through interactive and activity based education.
With support from the Department for International Development (DFID), the project dubbed “Making Ghanaian Girls Great (MGCubed) which is Ghana’s first interactive distance-learning project is being implemented in the Nkwanta South and Kadjebi in the Volta Region, and Ada East, Ada West, Ningo –Prampram and Shai Osudoku in the Greater Accra Region.
Speaking during a forum on the activities of Varkey Foundation in Ghana, Madam Leonora Dowley, Country Director of Varkey Foundation, noted that MGCubed’s primary objective was to improve access of young girls in deprived communities so that they could receive increased and improved instructional time through interactive learning system.
She noted that by providing classrooms in 72 schools with a solar-powered computers and projectors, the NGO was able to broadcast live sessions from its Accra teaching studios directly into the classrooms, where the students were able to directly interact with the teachers as well as with students in other communities.
Madam Dowley intimated that the organisation had also embarked on a project dubbed “Wonder Women” which is aimed at inviting women who are role models and achievers to interact with and inspire confidence in school girls so that they could aim higher.
“Our goal with Wonder Women is to inspire girls and boost their confidence by showing them that there are women in Ghana from similar backgrounds too, who work in every profession, achieving amazing results,” she added.
She said the programme was also aimed at stretching the girls’ imagination and showing them they could also reach any height despite their backgrounds.
She noted that so far, the MGCubed programme had trained 200 facilitators in modern teaching techniques to support the MGCubed pupils in their learning activities.
She said the Varkey Foundation had also formed a Community Committee comprising school representatives, traditional rulers, and female leaders in the community with the hope of inculcating them into its activities to ensure their success.
“We have also selected 144 security persons to support and watch over our schools communities, while we have selected 72 women traders to provide snack to selected marginalized girls during and after our ‘Wonder Women’ programme.