As the association's young leaders reviewed their annual book donation project, they noticed a concerning trend. Many of their fellow girl guides were leaving the organization when they reached senior secondary school, opting for other organizations that offered financial assistance for their education. Determined to retain their girls and help them pursue education without barriers, the youth leaders came together to brainstorm a solution.
The Ghana Girl Guides' youth leaders decided to modify their book donation project and focus on supporting their peers directly during their senior secondary school years. They recognized that providing basic stationery, exercise books, note pads, and sanitary products could significantly ease the financial burden on the girls and their families, making education more accessible and enjoyable.
With a well-thought-out plan in hand, the young leaders presented their idea to the association's board. Encouraged by the open and supportive relationship between the board and the youth, their proposal received immediate approval and backing. The board saw the potential of this initiative and encouraged the youth to continue and expand it further.
On January 12th, 2023, the pilot project took place at the Methodist Basic Ekumfi Abaka and Baafikrom Basic Schools in the Central Region of Ghana. Guided by the National Trainer, who is also a young leader, and the Regional Commissioner, the youth representatives successfully executed the donation drive. The joy and gratitude expressed by the girls and their families were heartwarming, affirming the positive impact of their efforts.
The success of the pilot project has invigorated the youth of the Ghana Girl Guides Association. They hope that this initiative will continue to grow and become an integral part of their service to the community. After all, their motto, "SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY," embodies their dedication to making a difference in the lives of others.
The Ghana Girl Guides Association's youth has proven that small changes can lead to significant impacts. By transforming their annual book donation into a program that directly supports girl guides pursuing senior secondary education, they are fostering a community of empowered and educated young women. This endeavor is a shining example of the organization's commitment to nurturing responsible, compassionate, and confident leaders for a brighter and more equitable future in Ghana.