Live from Ghana: New Opportunities for 200,000 young people

Posted April 4, 2011 in Ghana, Press Coverage

This week, Ann Cotton, Camfed International’s Executive Director, Dolores Dickson, Camfed Ghana’s Executive Director, Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, and Deepali Khanna, Director of Youth Learning at The MasterCard Foundation are traveling together with colleagues in Ghana to launch a new partnership between Camfed and The MasterCard Foundation. The nation-wide program will provide high school education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship opportunities to 200,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and benefit more than 1 million people.

During their trip, Ann, Dolores, Reeta and Deepali will be visiting schools and communities in the rural districts of Tolon and Bongo and will conclude their visit in Accra, where they’ll announce the partnership at a national press conference. They’ll also be blogging each day.

Through this partnership, Camfed will expand into two new regions in Ghana and enable young women from impoverished backgrounds to complete high school through scholarships, gain financial knowledge and employable skills, and learn to launch innovative and diverse businesses in their rural communities. The program actively engages young women in Cama, Camfed’s powerful pan-African alumnae network, and will deliver intensive business and financial literacy training. Additionally, a pilot internship program will introduce exceptional entrepreneurial Cama members to innovative industries needed in rural areas, such as green technology and mobile financial services.

”This magnificent investment by The MasterCard Foundation will enable Camfed to expand opportunities for girls and young women in Ghana,” said Ann Cotton, Camfed International’s Executive Director. “Together, we will help a new generation of young women access vital skills in financial literacy and entrepreneurship which will empower them to own their own futures.”

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