Youth Scholarship Programs
Older students receive scholarships to attend private primary and middle schools and public high schools. Unfortunately, this region's public primary and middle schools face many challenges, and so the best current option for education is through private schools. To help qualifying students attend these schools, Engage Globally funds registration fees, testing fees, a bicycle or other transportation costs, books and school supplies, uniforms, and shoes.
Currently there are 40 students receiving private school scholarships. Most of these students are in upper level primary and middle schools. There are four students enrolled in public high schools. Completing high school, in this region, is very unusual and we are very proud of these students' success.
All students receiving scholarships are monitored by our community partners for attendance, grades, and annual test results. Community leaders mentor the youth and meet with their families to ensure that there is family support for attending school. Additionally, students in this program contribute to their community through service projects such as helping with homework support, community events, assisting with youth soccer programs, and tree planting.
In March of 2018, 16 of the scholarship students traveled to Mole National Park to learn about Ghanaian animals and wildlife conservation. They also participated in a conservation through photography training, led by Kaila Drayton, a National Geographic Explorer. We hope to do further trips after the COVID situation has ended.
In 2020, students in this program participated in English language classes, while their schools were closed due to COVID. Several students were also trained as peer health educators and helped present to our partner communities about COVID and hand washing.