Sarah Brown recently visited VSO’s TENI (Tackling Education Needs Inclusively) project in Ghana. TENI is funded by Sport Relief and working through VSO volunteers the project is improving the quality of education of more than 50,000 girls and disabled children in Northern Ghana.
Sarah’s visit was widely covered by the media. Commenting on her trip in the Independent she wrote.
Sport Relief supports projects that bring about systemic change. The ones I visited with VSO and Afrikids engage with the local community, support advocacy and go for lasting change. Now, teachers at Kparugu primary school have in-service training, local by-laws have been changed to help reduce teen pregnancies and child marriages, and new measures have been introduced to improve girls education and support disabled children.
Asimawu’s father died unexpectedly when she was 14, and it came down to her mother, also a teacher, to bring up her two daughters alone. It was a struggle for the widow to send Asimawu and her sister to school but she persevered knowing how important education was for the girls’ future. Today Asimawu has made her mother proud. Not only is she a secondary school teacher, but she is also working with VSO to break down barriers to girls’ education. As a mentor at the after-school club, where she is funded through Sport Relief, she provides the girls with the emotional and practical support they need to stay in education.
Watch a video as Sarah Brown reviews progress in schooling in Ghana with Sport Relief
Read how the TENI project is transforming the lives of thousands of girls in Ghana, girls like 9 year old Lucy
Read the full Independent article