Ahead of the Pack: 2 GEIG Girls Head to Senior High School

November 17, 2015 at 08:43 am | Lifestyle

Elizabeth Patterson

Elizabeth Patterson

November 17, 2015 at 08:43 am | Lifestyle

Hamdalatu Mustapha

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) is an educational organization founded to provide academic and financial support to girls and those with special needs so they can access higher education and professional opportunities. Operating for the last two years, GEIG supports 12 students in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions, and two of the girls, Hamdalatu Mustapha (pictured top) and Barbara Gyasi, have become pioneers of our first class.

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Seventeen-year-old Hamdalatu is a graduate of St. Augustine’s Anglican Junior High School, where she was elected and served as the senior girls’ prefect in her final year. Hamdalatu comes from a modest upbringing; her grandmother sells charcoal in the market and her aunt, whom she lives with, is a market trader.

Hamdalatu Mustapha

A very charismatic girl, Hamdalatu hopes to become a nurse in the future. She has gained admission to Fomena T.I Ahmadidya Senior High School as a general arts student.

Of her acceptance, Hamdalatu says, “I am looking forward to senior high school. I know it will be challenging at first being so far away from home, but the GEIG vacation classes last August at Lancaster in Accra have really prepared me to be independent and I’m very excited for this chapter of my education.

“if it wasn’t for GEIG’s support, I would probably not be thinking of senior high school and university.”

Barbara of GEIG

An equally gifted student, Barbara (pictured) informed GEIG of her decision to take the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as a rising third-year junior high school student.

With guidance and support from her family and GEIG, Barbara made us proud when she scored high enough to skip her third year of junior high; she will now begin studies at Asanteman Senior High School.

With the Gyasi family losing their patriarch four years ago to a car accident, Georgina Gyasi, Barbara’s mother, was left without ample support. Georgina is underemployed due to polio and has limited mobility.
Barbara Gyasi

Barbara has been admitted to her new school as a science student, and appropriately, because of her doctor aspirations. Barbara is excited about the journey and says, “I understand how great this opportunity is. Not only am I a GEIG pioneer, I’m also setting an example for my younger sister Tracy.”

GEIG is proud of Hamdalatu and Barbara and are looking forward to next year, which will be our third year of operation, where another three of the remaining 10 girls will also enroll in senior high school.

Please visit GEIG’s website to support Hamdalatu, Barbara, and the rest of the girls.

Support can also be given using the bank details below:

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana- US Inc.
Chase Bank Account # 762885650

Girls Education Initiative of Ghana

Ecobank Account # – 0373074481635201
Fidelity – 1050300823116

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