What Works in Girls’ Education in Ghana

A critical review of the Ghanaian and international literature

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Prepared by Camfed Ghana

For the Ministry of Education and the Girls’ Education Unit,

Ghana Education Service

With support from DFID, Ghana

Language: English

Download:  English

This document critically reviews the international and Ghana-based evidence on the impact of strategies for girls’ education. It analyses the impact of common, historically used strategies, as well as more recent, innovative approaches. The review draws out lessons learnt, issues of cost effectiveness and key contextual factors (including policy, legal and regional). The report particularly focuses on synergies between the various strategies and their impact on girls’ educational outcomes. Further, the report highlights the need to see gender as one of a range of interacting determining factors of educational access and outcomes, along with factors such as poverty, social and physical location.

The review’s audience is the Government of Ghana - especially the Girls’ Education Unit(GEU) – and its development partners, including the Department for International Development (DFID), which funded this study. At a time when there is a renewed focus on value-for-money (VfM), results and impact, the report aims to inform evidence-based policy making for all education stakeholders in Ghana. By providing a lens on ‘beyond access’ issues, the review directly feeds into wider Millennium Development Goals and Education For All (EFA) targets, and the Government of Ghana’s most recent Education Strategic Plan (ESP), with its focus on learning outcomes, quality and equity in education.


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