Ghana is a developing country and the first country in West Africa to declare independence. It is a country of diverse people, where cultural beliefs and societal support are critical. As a country, Ghana believes in universal quality education, but due to its developing economy, there are pockets where people, specifically girls, are marginalized.
In response to the UN SDGs goals, Ghana has developed various policies over the years to enhance the livelihood of the marginalized, especially girls. Unfortunately, due to inherent cultural norms, the measures have not yielded significant results. Although there is free basic education, access to this service cannot be considered free due to various hidden costs of a child’s upbringing. The average Girl in a rural setting in Ghana needs less than $70 a month to cater to her education as well as basic needs.
Because Ghana has adopted the UN’s SDGs and believes in expanding its efforts to achieve them, the country is embracing partnership opportunities to ensure girls’ access to education and professional development.
The IAA has steadily been growing across the African continent. With that growth comes the opportunity for the IAA to ensure it leaves a mark on the continent.
IAA Africa currently boasts 2 chapters, namely Ghana and Nigeria. Ghana is widely regarded as the second home of the IAA as it is the heart of the IAA’s opening into Africa.
The current World Chairman and President of the IAA, Mr. Joel Nettey, hails from Ghana and is the first black President since the Association’s inception. Other members of the IAA Africa team hold senior positions in the Global IAA community: Mrs. Norkor Duah is the VP/Area Director-Africa and has been the overseer of the IAA’s Africa Rising conference since its inception. She also served as IAA Ghana’s first female President and is a Princess from the Kingdom of Amanokrom.
The Managing Director of the IAA, Dagmara Szulce on her most recent trip to Ghana was also made an “Ankobea,” meaning Councilor by the King and people of Amanokrom, a community in Ghana. An advocate for the empowerment and education of girls, Dagmara together with the leadership of the IAA have made it a mission to help educate brilliant but needy students in rural communities across Africa starting with Ghana.
If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).
Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey
OBAA (meaning Girl) is an initiative created by IAA in partnership with Global Women in Business with an affinity for Africa towards uplifting the relevance of female education and ensuring a better future for girls who are starting their journey in Ghana. By providing them with mentorship and giving opportunities for better all-rounded education, we create new perspectives, give hope, and foster opportunities for a better future.
Like in every developing country, there are opportunities TO GROW but due to cultural and societal practices, not everyone is able to benefit from them.
The world cannot be considered evolved unless girls are allowed to reach their full educational and professional potential, regardless of their backgrounds and financial situations. Most girls in rural parts of Ghana, however, are not able to move beyond the free basic education due to significant economic and cultural constraints. The average Girl in a rural setting in Ghana needs an estimated $700 per year to cater to her basic needs and education.
A world where every girl has equal access to education and the chance to aspire to any profession irrespective of her background.
Give girls in deprived areas of Africa wings so they can dream and fly higher.