Monday, 23 January 2017

Discovering more about Create Change

Upon arrival into the office on Friday 13th, Create Change cohort 6 were greeted by the administration team, who welcomed us into a room to discuss the purpose of our presence.

During this encounter, we met beneficiaries of the programme and learned about the impact Create Change has on disadvantaged girls, their families, communities and Ghana as a whole. We learned that as part of the charity’s progress, they assist with the payment of tuition fees, as well as providing school utensils. Furthermore, Create Change provide a counselling service for its beneficiaries, as many of the challenges that the girls encounter, are closely linked with Ghanaian and religious conservative culture, which holds the monopoly concerning societal functions.

In addition, we met local girls who are currently interning with the charity, in order to continue the ongoing hard work conducted by the dedicated staff.

As a whole, this introductory meeting was very beneficial for us, as we were able to gain insight about the charity, from people who have been working in and around create change for a significant amount of time.

Following on from the previous cohorts in visiting the office, we were able to look through previous reports. As of November, 80% of those surveyed in Ticheli felt the sensitisations were important for the community. These had focussed on the negative impacts of teenage pregnancy; the importance of parental involvement and extended education. The parents felt even helping younger siblings.

It often takes more than 30 minutes to walk to school in Ticheli and Gbalahi; whilst bicycles are very expensive, especially with repairs. There is a persistent need for extra help at school; more trained teachers; and finance for fees, in addition to learning materials, uniform and food. Obstacles are chores (highlighting the need for parental support and male participation) and poor health (need for personal hygiene and training of doctors).
A March survey of 60 members of CC girls’ clubs in senior high schools found that 45% don’t include Maths, Science or English as their strongest subjects; whilst 70% struggle with Maths specifically. They consider learning materials the most important factor for improving academic outcomes.

The team ready to Create Change!

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