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Ghana Focus Region Health Project (FRHP)
(2010-2013)

The USAID-funded FRHP project is a four-year integrated maternal, newborn, child health, and family planning (MNCH/FP) project that aims to improve the health status of communities in three focus regions of Ghana (Greater Accra, Central, and Western Regions). FRHP increases access to and use of key, high-quality MNCH/FP services, as well as improves the management and health systems performance in these regions and districts. FRHP also works with the government in sub-districts, districts, and regions to form deep connections to civil society, nongovernmental organizations, communities, and the private sector to improve health for all members of the community.

World Education provides expertise to manage FRHP pre-service and in-service training improvement activities, strengthens community-based health planning services strategy implementation activities in specified areas, and defines plans to improve participation of the private sector in MNCH/FP, supply chain, and health financing improvement.

FRHP is implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., in partnership with World Education.

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Empowering and Mobilizing People Living with HIV/AIDS (EMPower)
(2010-2012)

Using a participatory approach, the USAID-funded EMPower project engaged national level HIV/AIDS support networks to build up and train the local level support groups to better serve their members. A major component of EMPower was the advocacy and awareness-raising activities, which involved the use of a bulk text messaging campaign. Using bulk text messaging, EMPower was able to confidentially communicate important HIV prevention and treatment messages to subscribers.

It is estimated that over 3,500 people living with HIV benefited from EMPower through capacity building efforts with the support groups and 507 bulk message campaign subscribers regularly benefited from the SMS text messages.

EMPower was implemented in collaboration with Ghana’s Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAP+).

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Ambassadors' Girls' Scholarship Program (AGSP)
(2004-2011)

Ghana is one of 13 countries where World Education implements the Ambassadors' Girls' Scholarship Program (AGSP), a program that provides comprehensive support for girls' education in Africa. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), AGSP promotes basic education for girls who are economically disadvantaged, disabled, orphaned, and/or affected or infected by HIV and AIDS.

A key component of the U.S. President's Africa Education Initiative (AEI), AGSP supports girls with scholarships to cover costs for fees and materials, after-school academic help, and mentoring programs. Mentors are local role models who support girls to stay in school, promote their education more broadly in the community, and provide HIV prevention and awareness education to scholars and communities. The girls are sponsored for 4-5 years, mostly through primary and some junior/secondary schooling.

In line with World Education's efforts to build community ownership and participation, students are selected, and programs are managed by committees comprised of community members and education officers.

World Education collaborates with local NGOs to manage AGSP in each of the 12 West African countries. In Ghana, World Education, in collaboration with the Ark Foundation, School for Life and ISODEC, has supported more than 3,500 AGSP girls and 500 boys in over 200 primary and junior secondary schools in Ghana's Eastern, Northern, and Upper East Regions. There are also 210 boy-scholarship beneficiaries with the Ghana Red Cross/Eastern Region. Without AGSP, many of these children would be out of school or at risk of dropping out.

Learn more about AGSP in Ghana.

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My M-Info
(2008)

The My M-Info Project was conceived from an idea to apply technology—mobile phones, in particular—to tackle RH challenges among students of tertiary institutions.

This project seeks to deliver easy and effective HIV and RH information, advice, and services to students who lack access. Utilizing Short Messaging Service (SMS) and internet messages, World Education Ghana delivers information, advice, and referrals to 1,000 students in Accra, where new freedom from parental oversight, combined with a lack of appropriate information about RH, HIV and STIs, lays a foundation for risky behavior, including concurrent sexual partners.

My M-Info promotes students' active discussion of sensitive issues and disseminates accurate information about sexual and RH information. The project has built a solid database for the expansion of My M-Info, has increased knowledge of the target group, and has gathered lessons learned to expand access to HIV and AIDS and RH information and services.

In the first six months of the project year, 450 university students received RH information weekly, and approximately half of those students requested more information.

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Girls 1st
(2007-2009)

Five Girls 1st participants gather in the school courtyard..
Thanks to generous funding from the M•A•C AIDS Fund, Girls 1st has reached more than 250 girls per year with HIV prevention, life skills, and confidence building programs.
Girls 1st helped build leadership and livelihoods among girls who are 15-24 years old and who are most at-risk. Girls 1st mobilized community institutions to:
  • equip older adolescent girls with essential HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and reproductive health (RH) knowledge to protect themselves and their peers
  • provide girls with marketable trade skills
  • develop girls' leadership to promote confidence
  • prepare girls for leadership roles through participation in program implementation
  • help girls make healthy life choices
Girls were taught to conduct simple market feasibility surveys to inform their selection of vocational skills. They were paired with adult mentors, who reinforced healthy lifestyle decisions and helped the girls build their confidence to make more informed choices.

Funded by the M•A•C AIDS Fund, World Education implemented Girls 1st in collaboration with Ghana Red Cross/Eastern Region and local community leaders. Through Girls 1st, World Education supported more than 250 older adolescent girls living in the New Juabeng District of the Eastern region. At the end of 2008, 258 vulnerable girls were empowered to access HIV and AIDS, STI, and RH knowledge and services in their communities, and 493 adolescent girls were reached with information through peer education sessions.

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Youth 1st
(2007-2008)

Youth 1st participants meet around a table with pens and paper.
Peer leaders are trained in business skills and participate in a savings scheme.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, youth and women are marginalized by high rates of illiteracy, low social status, and cultural norms. The alarming increase in HIV infection is predominately affecting youth, particularly out-of-school adolescents, who tend to be poor and illiterate, and who are living in rural areas or peri-urban environments. Such circumstances make young people extremely vulnerable to sexual exploitation, as they have limited opportunities to make important contributions to their families, communities, and their country. A World Education pilot program, designed to build on the best practices of Girls 1st, Youth 1st, included boys and girls and combined HIV prevention with agriculturally-based, income-generating activities in Ghana's Central Region.

Through Youth 1st, World Education:

  • supported peer education for HIV prevention
  • helped youth develop skills in agribusiness
  • involved youth in program design and implementation
  • empowered youth to offer meaningful leadership opportunities in their communities

Results:

  • Trained 20 peer educators (PEs)—9 girls and 11 boys—in HIV and AIDS development training. These peer educators work in pairs, and have brought 200 beneficiaries, who now receive RH information, into the program
  • Organized 22 peer educational sessions between November 2008 and February 2009.
  • Trained 15 community support team members
  • Trained 20 PEs in agribusiness, specifically working with poultry
  • 20 PEs and 200 beneficiaries became members of a savings initiative

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Strengthening HIV/AIDS Partnerships in Education (SHAPE I & II)
(2001 to 2007)

HIV and AIDS threaten to undermine decades of considerable progress in Ghana's education sector as the epidemic ravages the ranks of teachers and students alike. In the face of this challenge, World Education implemented a six-year project, which aimed to prevent the spread and to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on Ghanaian schools and communities. Funded by USAID, SHAPE strengthened the capacity of Ghanaian organizations to more effectively plan and implement innovative HIV prevention activities in 255 schools in the Ashanti, Eastern, Greater Accra, and Volta regions of Ghana.

SHAPE worked closely with Ghana's Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (MOESS), the Ghana Education Service (GES) and 15 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to support NGOs through a small grants and capacity-building mechanism. World Education also assisted the Ghana Education Service/School Health Education program (GES/SHEP)—through strategic support and networking with CBOs and community leaders—to carry out school-based peer education in targeted school communities. With SHAPE 's support, participating Ghanaian organizations improved the effectiveness of their interventions, which ranged from youth drama clubs and puppet shows to teacher support groups and peer education programs.

A second component supported pre-service and in-service teacher training in HIV prevention, so teachers could not only protect themselves from infection, but also behave ethically with regard to students and other teachers. In collaboration with MOESS, SHAPE developed a national HIV and AIDS curriculum known as the "Window of Hope" syllabus. This curriculum was designed to provide teachers with the necessary information to effectively teach HIV & AIDS issues in the classroom. The project involved capacity building workshops for tutors and principals in all of the nation's 38 teacher training colleges (TTCs); the design, development, printing, and distribution of the syllabus to all TTCs; the supply of resource kits; as well as regular monitoring and field visits to support the program.

From 2001 to 2004, SHAPE also supported the Wisdom Association—the first network of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIVs) in Ghana—to identify organizational development needs and to build its capacity in HIV prevention, care, and support. World Education assisted the Wisdom Association to improve their management and finances and to mobilize resources.

SHAPE built the capacity of NGO and GES staff and:
  • Trained 2,896 peer educators
  • Reached 118,950 young people with HIV prevention messages
  • Trained 1,968 teachers, who in turn, organized more than 5,580 sessions for their peers
  • Provided 8,184 parents with HIV and AIDS and adolescent health information
  • Equipped 50,441 pre-service teachers in 38 TTCs with information and tools to protect themselves from HIV infection and to integrate HIV information into classroom lessons

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Nestlé Protect Your Dream (PYD)
(2006 to 2007)

World Education worked with the Ghana Sustainable Change Project (GSCP) of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), the Ghana AIDS Commission, and MOESS to develop, produce, and widely distribute Protect Your Dream (PYD) campaign materials.

With support and collaboration with Nestlé Ghana Limited, this series of innovative health promotion materials reached an array of health and education institutions, as well as communities, including youth, teachers, and parents. By the end of 2007, PYD campaign materials were available in at 255 schools, 38 teacher training colleges, and 138 districts. These materials continue to be used today.

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