My name is Akwasi Addae-Boahene. I am a Ghanaian and live in Ghana. I currently work for the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) as the Ghana Country Director. I manage, over see and provide strategic direction to WUSC programmes in Ghana.
WUSC has been implementing a Girls' Education programme in the three northern regions of Ghana since 2004. This programme is part of a 13 country Volunteer Cooperation Programme known as Uniterra implemented jointly by WUSC and CECI in Africa, Asia and Latin America. An innovative approach to sectoral partnerships for poverty reduction
The Uniterra programme offers citizens and organizations the possibility of making a contribution towards the reaching the MDGs in their own countries. In Ghana, WUSC through Uniterra is partnering with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports,Ghana Education Service and the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition to promote girls' education in the three northern regions of Ghana. The partners are supported by volunteers to build their capacity in gender advocacy, community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation. The programme also focuses on empowering young girls in basic schools through Girls' Clubs to confront social, religious and cultural barriers to their education through life skills training. These girls use popular drama, posters, songs and home visits to education their peers and parents on the benefits of education.