We are part of a Girls Leadership Program in a village in Ghana, West Africa AMA!
Hi Everyone, Akwaaba !
My name is Laura Allan, I am a volunteer with an education NGO in Kumasi, Ghana called Exponential Education. I am from Canada and am working and living in Ghana as the Communications Manager for Expo – I am new to Reddit so be nice :)
I am here with three Program Associates of our Girls Leadership Program (GLP) Reena, Mardiya and Grace. The three girls all live the Ashanti Region in Ghana and are aged 19-21, they were all participants of the GLP program last year. Our GLP program is an afterschool club where girls in Form 2 Senior High School get together and talk about pressing issues in their community, the way they are treated, basically anything they feel is important to discuss about being a young girl. Reena, Mardiya and Grace facilitate these sessions once a week. Here is a link to our webpage about this program: http://www.exponentialeducationprogram.org/girl-leadership-groups
We are a Non-Profit so if any of the information here sparks your interest feel free to send us a few dollars, any donation is greatly appreciated! By supporting us you will help us to create access to quality education for students around the Kumasi Region of Ghana, and to empower girls and boys in both our Girls Leadership Program and Boys for Positive Change Program (similar to the GLP but for boys). Creating access to quality education, and encouraging the empowerment of Girls in these villages is so important to the development of the regions as a whole. The link is here if you want to donate: https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/exponential-education-help-us-reach-new-students--2
Our flagship program at Expo is a Peer to Peer Tutoring program. In this program we get Senior High School (SHS) students to tutor Junior High School (JHS) students. The tutoring is free and we provide a stipend for the SHS students. This allows the JHS kids to improve there academics and preparation for nationwide exams, and the SHS kids have a chance to practice teaching, gain leadership skills and make money to pay for upcoming school fees in the future. Feel free to ask us any questions about this program as well
Link to our website: http://www.exponentialeducationprogram.org/
Here is a Picture of us!!! We are waiting for Reena so it is just Laura, Mardyia and Grace :) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwU8jVuwAWY2bDl1b1p4N2Y5LWs/view?usp=sharing
UPDATE: 11:27 GMT. Reena has joined us :D here is a photo of all us, ready to answer all your questions! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwU8jVuwAWY2YklzZXZvWG55ZkE/view?usp=sharing
UPDATE: 19:38 GMT: The GLP girls have had to leave to go home for dinner, I will keep in contact with them and try to answer all of your questions. Thanks so much for all your kind words and support!!!
UPDATE: 20:17 GMT: I will be answering questions for 15 more minutes, but then I must eat some dinner and go to bed. Thanks to you all for your questions :D
UPDATE: Monday October 10th. Thank you to everyone for your questions and support. I will work at finishing to answer all the questions in the next few days. A reminder to anyone who feels generous or like supporting us financially the link to donate is above :).