Right To Play launches mentorship programme for Ghanaian girls
Right To Play Ghana has launched a mentorship programme to educate, motivate and empower Ghanaian girls to achieve their most cherished dreams.
Christened Girls’ Mentorship, the programme will afford school girls the opportunity to meet and interact with their role models in society.
The programme was launched on March 18, 2021 under the theme “Choose to Challenge” at an event held in Tamale in the Northern Region to mark the International Women’s Day.
The event was attended by the District Chief Executive for Tolon in the Northern Region, Yakubu Balchisu, among other district education officials from Kumbungu, Savelugu and Tolon.
Touching on the importance of the programme, Project Officer at Right To Play Ghana, Farouk Alhassan, said they believe that young girls would be more inspired towards achieving their dreams if they are given the opportunity to meet and engage persons they admire and consider as role models.
“Quality mentoring relationships impact young people in so many ways, from positive outcomes in academics and professional pursuits to more personal milestones like growing in self-confidence and self-esteem,” he said.
Alhassan explained that supportive mentorship needs to be happening in Ghanaian schools to empower girls to believe in themselves and their dreams.
“It needs to start at the formative ages, particularly in our classrooms,” he said.
As part of the programme, a team of mentors will have special sessions with the girls to build their confidence and self-belief.
The Project Office at Right To Play Ghana said, “our mentors will build lasting, trusting relationships and create safe spaces for girls to take risks and push themselves.”
He added that, “the mentors will support the girls on daily basis and every step of the way. They will help to provide girls with the skills and knowledge they need to counter stereotypes and obstacles and achieve their goals.”
The Girl’s Mentorship Programme is under the Gender-Responsive Education And Transformation (GREAT) Project funded by the Global Affairs Canada and the Partners in Play Project (P3) funded by The LEGO Foundation.