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Too many girls in Ghana do not finish primary education or continue on to secondary education. Early marriage, pregnancy, poverty, sexual harassment, and lack of attention to the specific needs of girls are some of the most common reasons for dropping out.

With this in mind, IBIS, in collaboration with the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District Assembly and the Ghana Education Service, in 2008 started the first Model Girls' School. The intention was to promote girl-child education by creating a safe and encouraging environment while focusing on improving learning outcomes for girls. This should lead to the completion and transition of more girls from basic education to senior high school and beyond.

The results have been very encouraging. In 2012 and 2013, the school ranked second for graduation exam results in the district with all students passing and continuing on to senior high school.

The hope is that this approach can be duplicated with success in other parts of Ghana and beyond, or inspire similar projects.

Read, download and share the publication on the approach and lessons learned here:

Sawla Girls Model School - What have we achieved in six years?

The project is made possible with funds from DANIDA and private donors in Denmark.

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