The Strategic Approaches to Girls’ Education (STAGE) project aims at combining two mutually supportive tracks for marginalized girls. This approach includes the use of formal school and informal learning to bring a comprehensive approach to the education of girls to lower the barriers that they face at the individual, community, and school level.
The STAGE project specifically targets areas of Ghana where an elevated level of extreme poverty, in combination with deep-seated traditional and social norms exist, resulting in negative impacts on women and girls. STAGE targets vulnerable and systematically marginalized girls in these areas due to factors such as early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and disabilities among others.
World Education Inc. (WEI) partners Pro-Link Organization as well as other non-governmental agencies such as (Afrikids, RAINS, Pronet, LCD, Ghana Red Cross, Olinga Foundation and ICDP). These partners work together to improve the learning outcomes in numeracy, literacy, life skills, and establish relevant and appropriate partnerships and pathways for the successful transition of 12,000 girls’ beneficiaries between 10 and 19 years old in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Oti and Eastern Regions of Ghana.
Among these regions, Pro-Link works in four districts within the Volta and Oti Regions (Nkwanta North, Nkwanta South, Kadjebi and Krachi East) targeting two thousand (2100) vulnerable and out of schoolchildren and four hundred (400) Girls with Disabilities representing 625 marginalized girls per district each year using the informal approach. As of August 2021, eight hundred and eighty-six (886) girls had benefited from the project through the intervention of Pro-Link Organization.
Pro-Link’s innovative approach includes community mobilization, capacity building, SBCC, Peer education, RBA, Sensitization and Advocacy, economic empowerment, and an effective sustainability plan to meet the needs of culturally and socially diverse beneficiaries in the selected districts in Volta and Oti Region.