Camfed Ghana, a girls’ empowerment non-governmental organisation (NGO), has organised the 2018 school leavers’ transition training and graduation ceremony in Tamale to celebrate the successful completion of 1,739 students through the MasterCard Foundation.
The ceremony, held in the Central, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions concurrently, is to create a platform of educating the girl-child on the global Scholars Network, the processes, as well as value of community services.
The ceremony also seeks to provide guidance to the graduates on career and life choices, as well as providing a unique opportunity for networking among all the Camfed school leavers in the stated regions.
Activities undertaken included presentations on scholar communities, experience sharing, university scoping, and seminar on service leadership, exhibitions, groups activities on community projects, as well as career and entrepreneurship fair.
The event was preceded with a transition training session under the Camfed-MasterCard Foundation programme, dubbed ‘Enable young women to transition from school to entrepreneurship, further study and transformative leadership in Ghana’.
The programme was aimed at enabling and equipping the girl-child to complete second-cycle education with the requisite knowledge and skills to make informed decisions on their pathway to successful livelihoods.
It also intends to demonstrate the positive impact of supporting the education of the girl-child to influence policies towards supporting their transition into adulthood and empowering them to play active roles in local and national development.
Mr John Asibi Ali, National Director of Camfed Ghana, advised the girls to take good care of themselves and their environment, to enable them make informed choices.
To this end, he urged the girls to be assertive, stand up and defend themselves against any form of sexual harassment, and also stay away from all forms of drug abuse.
Mr Ali said Camfed Ghana would continue to invest positively in the lives of the girl-child by supporting educational stakeholders, as well as providing educational infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning.
As part of the event, Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO) and Nalerigu Senior High School, as well as Northern School of Business (NOBISCO), were honoured for their efforts in community services.