750 entrepreneurial girls and women and 250 men will have increased their income and improved their health conditions through basic literacy.
When non-literate girls, women and men learn to read and write it will improve the quality of their work and life. Women in Ghana are generally enterprising, they are the backbone of the informal sector as they contribute the biggest to the economy of Ghana. However, many of these women are non-educated and lacked access to support systems such as non-formal education. The Nabdam Literacy School aims to fill this gap.
Restorative Seed Society (RSS) plans to replicate the successful Bolgatanga Literacy School initiative for women and girls in Nabdam District. This is in response to the request of smallholder farmers and other women groups in the area. The objective is to help them improve the quality of their work and life. The school provides informal classes to improve numeracy skills, reading, speaking and writing skills, basic arithmetic skills as well as general entrepreneurship and reproductive health education. The students are involved in topics or subjects that are discussed in the school.
750 non-literate girls and women and 250 men will have increased their income and improved their health conditions through basic literacy. They are small entrepreneurs involved in local markets and small holder farming. Some examples of what the adult students will learn include managing their time effectively, reading simple labels, interacting better with customers, carrying out simple calculations related to their businesses.
Results from RSS first literacy school showed that a number of students work as office workers because now they can read and write and some were admitted to for the National Vocational and Technical Institute exams, which allows graduates to work I governmental services like the police or fire services.
Studies show that access to literacy education for women can improve their lives and that of their families.
From experience RSS sees that some husbands initially resisted their wife’s participation in the literacy school, and later on they start supporting by accompanying them to school or by donating equipment for the school. Increased literacy will also enable women to help their children with their schoolwork. Moreover, evidence shows that educated women raise their confidence, are more likely to gain economic independence and more often engage in local governance.
The project requires GHS27,500 (or €4,016). The donations will be used for:
Every additional donation will result in more students to access the literacy school. RSS aims to collect a total of GHS55,000 (or €8,032) in the next eight months, to be able to reach out to another 1000 literacy school students. The donations from impact direct will be used to lay a foundation for the project during the first year. Without donations from iMPACT direct, the project cannot be carried out.