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Link Community Development ready for Strategic Approach to Girls Education (STAGE)

Link Community Development, a non-profit organization focused on improving teaching and learning as well as improving the lives of vulnerable groups in the rural areas, is set to start the implementation of the Strategic Approach to Girls’ Education (STAGE) project in the Nabdam district in the Upper East Region.

Joachim Faara (left), Deputy Executive Director (middle) and Executive Director-Link Community Development
Joachim Faara (left), Dep. Exec. Director (middle) and Exec Dir – Link

The STAGE Project is to support 250 less endowed girls selected from deprived communities and families in the Nabdam District. The same number of girls in the Bawku West, Kassena-Nankana West and (the Bolgatanga/Bongo) districts are also to benefit from the non-formal track of the STAGE Project, before moving to the formal track.

A total of 2,875 marginalized girls are expected to be supported through the implementation of the STAGE project within project duration.

In the first year, Link Community Development will implement the non-formal component of the project, where the beneficiary girls will be taught numeracy and literacy in their mother tongue, alongside vocational training to make self sufficient.

Speaking to A1 Radio at Kongo in the Nabdam District, Project Coordinator of Link Community Development, Faara Joachim explains that the project is a five year initiative to be implemented 10 communities in each of the four beneficiary districts.

Executive Director - Link Community Development
Executive Director – Link Community Development

“This year LCD is set implementing the non-formal component of the STAGE Project which seeks to provide these 250 deprived girls in Nabdam and other districts with direct links between education and a selected economic activities. LCD with support from the Girls’ Education Challenge Fund and through the Leave No Girl Behind funding window, will make ensure that these girls receive the necessary support from their craft-masters and also their class facilitators to prepare them adequately for transition into formal education or job market after their one year training.” Mr. Faara noted.

He added that ahead of the implementation of the STAGE Project in the selected communities and districts, Link Community Development has sensitized parents and community members and leaders on their roles to ensure that the beneficiary girls go through the training successfully.

One challenge the project may face is the migration of some beneficiaries for menial jobs and that is the reason the community leaders and the parents, as well as other stakeholders were engaged to ensure the girls stay in their communities throughout the training and monitoring period.

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Mr. Faara therefore called on traditional leaders to support the initiative through mobilizing and stimulating the activities of the project in their respective communities.

Source: A1radioonline.com | Moses Apiah | Ghana

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