Non-formal education opportunities in Jello
Ensuring adequate access to education is one of CCFC Ghana’s main priorities. In Jello, a community in the Northern Region of Ghana, children have to walk over six kilometres to a nearby town to attend school each day, making it nearly impossible, especially for the youngest children. A lack of education leaves little opportunities for the youth, and young women typically migrate to the capital city in search for work, or are forced into early marriage.
This was the future set out for Raffia, a young woman living in Jello with her family and 13 siblings. Like other children in her community, Raffia walked the six kilometers to and from school each day until she completed the sixth grade. Due to the tremendous pressures and challenges of life in Jello, Raffia’s parents planned to get her into an early marriage. To prevent this, CCFC and its partner, Presbyterian Farmer’s Training Child Development Program (PFTCDP), enrolled Raffia into a skills training program where she was able to learn dressmaking. In December, 2013, Raffia completed the program, and is now working in her own dressmaking shop.