Ghana, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have celebrated the positive outcomes of the 5.2 million dollar Better Life for Girls (BLG) programme.
A statement issued by UNICEF said the Better Life for Girls programme, a partnership between the Government of Ghana, UNICEF and KOICA, had ended with a call to sustain and scale up interventions for adolescent girls in Ghana.
This, it said would contribute to continued progress towards the country’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
It noted that the partners reviewed progress and celebrated the results achieved under the Better Life for Girls in Ghana programme.
Country Director of KOICA, Moon Heon Kong, expressed his gratitude to the Government of Ghana and to UNICEF for the success of the Better Life for Girls project and outlined the achievements in the recent years.
Madam Anne-Claire Dufay, the UNICEF Representative in Ghana for her part said “The Better Life for Girls programme has enabled many vulnerable adolescent girls to stay in school through targeted interventions, including facilitating the re-entry to school of young mothers after childbirth.”
“Together, we have also empowered adolescent girls through vocational, entrepreneurial and life skills training as a measure to combat child marriage.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Education Minister, said: the Better Life for Girls programme has demonstrated strong results which have the potential to be scaled nationwide.
The implementation of the $5.2 million BLG project was funded by the KOICA Ghana Office and in partnership with the UNICEF Ghana with the aim to equip adolescent girls in Ghana with knowledge, skills and an enabling environment to make informed decisions.
The Better Life for Girls Project which commenced in May 2017 till March 2021 primarily targeted girls in the Northern, Savannah, North-East, Oti and Volta Regions to increase their access to learning and skills development opportunities.
It further ensured that communities and institutions discussed pressing issues related to adolescent girls, including child marriage, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence.