When you educate a girl,
everything changes

On August 6, 2014, Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton joined an esteemed panel of experts in Washington, D.C. to address the expansion of education, health and economic access in Africa at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by the White House, the George W. Bush Institute and the U.S. State Department. First Ladies from nearly 30 countries joined Michelle Obama and Laura Bush to share success stories and identify solutions to the challenges women and girls face in Africa.

Camfed and The MasterCard Foundation also announced the publication of “When you educate a girl, everything changes”, a book which profiles MasterCard Foundation Scholars in Ghana supported by Camfed. The Scholars share the challenges they have faced in securing their education and their hopes for the future.



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The journeys and aspirations of scholars in Africa
As the international community looks for best practices in the education of young African girls, 'When you educate a girl, everything changes' offers proof of all that is possible when girls go to school.

“The courage and imagination of the girls and young women who feature in the book are utterly inspiring to me,” says Camfed's Founder and President Ann Cotton. “Above all, I am inspired by their generosity. Each individual has struggled against the cruelty of poverty and yet each looks forward to the day when she has the opportunity to help others, to transform her community, to contribute to the progress of Ghana."

“The girls and young women I work with are exceptional, but they are not exceptions in Ghana,” says Dolores Dickson, Executive Director of Camfed Ghana. “I stand proud of this generation of girls and young women and know, from experience, that if they have the educational opportunities they aspire to, the sky is just the beginning.”
Abigail
My father is a security man. He works for the Electoral Commission in the Brong-Ahafo Region. My mother sells porridge in the market. I have five siblings. My father is a good man. He has taken two of his brother’s children into our house. Even though he has little, he reaches out to help people so that they don’t feel neglected in life.

I would like to be a lawyer. When you graduate you can be proud of yourself and I can use the little money I have to help others.
Layusha
I decided that I wanted to become a doctor when I was eight years old.

I want to help women who can’t give birth on their own and small children with heart disease. I also want to specialise in the nervous system and treat people who have anxiety.