In Ghana, over 600,000 girls are out of school (UNESCO) as a result of discrimination, including cultural pressure and traditional gender roles, child marriage and disability stigma.

Beo Kumbusgu is a community in Bongo, the Upper East Region of Ghana. Bongo has the low literacy rate, typical of the region 52.3% of adults are unable to read and write in any language (Ghana Population and Housing Census 2010). This is in contrast to the rest of the country, where overall 25.9% of people are illiterate.

Ghana has been very successful at increasing primary education enrollment, but this is not spread evenly across the country. Poorer, rural and more traditional northern communities have fallen behind the south: UNESCO figures indicate 37% of poorer girls in Ghana are not enrolled in primary education. Some girls never enter school due to poverty, disability, or tradition (in the Upper East 51.9% of woman and girls over 6 have never attended school – compared to 39.1% of men and boys). Girls may also leave school early due to child labour or child marriage – 21% of girls in Ghana are married before they are 18 (Girls Not Brides Ghana).

What we're doing

FULL-G (Functional Literacy and Livelihoods for Girls) is our education programme that works with out of school (OOS) teenage girls to develop practical and life skills that will allow them to become self-sufficient, whilst tackling the sexist attitudes in the community that lead to these girls being left behind.

The support of our partner, the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED), is central to the design and delivery of this programme. Together with NFED, we are enabling OOS girls in Beo Kumbusgu to access education. We deliver lessons in literacy and numeracy, vocational, and life skills, encouraging the girls to reintegrate into school or progress into training or work.

Everyone has the right to an education. Lack of education, particularly literacy, is a major cause of poverty. FULL G is addressing this challenge: we enable children to enter and return to school, and promote inclusive education that caters to children with disabilities and girls who are excluded from formal education at an early age.

What you can do

Together with NFED, we want to make sure that as many girls as possible can get the education they need. And you can help us: your donations will allows us to expand the FULL-G programme so that more girls can get back into education today, and out of poverty in the future.

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