First cohort of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Camfed graduate

JANET is eighteen years old and has just completed senior high school in the Upper East Region. Obscured by her location and societal status, despite gaining an impressive aggregate in her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), she was confronted with the challenge of pursuing secondary education due to financial problems before her community nominated her for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program implemented through Camfed (Campaign for Female Education).



Through Camfed Ghana and The MasterCard Foundation, she received a comprehensive scholarship which comprised of all school going costs (school fees, boarding fees, stipend,  sandal, uniform, school bag, sanitary towel, exercise and notebooks, textbooks, and transportation) and wrap around services including application and orientation support to enter into a tertiary institution and ongoing leadership and mentoring support.


The World Bank in 2007 estimated that each additional year of schooling for a girl correlates to a 12 per cent increase in average income. In furtherance of its shared commitment, Camfed Ghana in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation provide academically-talented young girls like Janet, who have demonstrated commitment to their communities, yet are economically disadvantaged, with access to quality and relevant education.


Objectives of the Scholars Program


The Scholars Program at Camfed Ghana is a 10-year partnership between The MasterCard Foundation and Camfed Ghana which seeks to provide comprehensive support to academically-gifted young girls and women in rural communities within Camfed’s operational regions in the Northern, Upper West, Upper East and Central regions. A key objective of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is to raise social, political and business leaders for the African continent.  It is designed to unlock the potential of a critical mass of academically bright yet disadvantaged girls and young women from rural Ghana through secondary and tertiary education, enrichment and service leadership opportunities.


The Scholars Program also intends to build a network of visionary educators at second cycle schools and universities who share the objective of inclusive, equitable and high quality education. The Program further provides a unique platform to create an alumnae network that catalyzes the transformative power of individual scholars.


First cohort of Scholars graduate


The first batch of 686 Secondary Scholars from 29 senior high schools successfully graduated this year. Graduation ceremonies were held on May 26th and 30th for the graduating Scholars across 18 districts in the Upper West, Upper East, Northern and Central regions. As part of the graduation events, Scholars were exposed to different transitioning pathways to help them make an informed decision on the next steps to take.


Experts from different backgrounds including the Ghana Police Service, entrepreneurs, and medical practitioners were invited to share information on how one could successfully join their fields. Additionally, information on tertiary applications and admission requirements for various tertiary institutions within and outside Ghana were made available. A number of institutions including Texila American University, Central University and Valley View University mounted exhibitions and took the Scholars through available opportunities.


Camfed Ghana and The MasterCard Foundation are bound by a shared commitment to the provision of educational opportunities for all. The Scholars Program represents a model of holistic support and opportunity for young people to be empowered for leadership in Africa and to serve as agents of institutional change.


Source: Camfed







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