How Litclub mentoring is giving girls in Ghana a learning space
As a Global Youth Ambassador and a Regional Co-ordinator for the 10,000 Global Girls Initiative by LitWorld and Global Girls Rising, I not only advocate for getting more girls into school and learning – but also to empower them through mentoring. This is one of the focus areas of my organisation League of Young Female Leaders.
My dream of giving to my community a learning space became a reality with the establishment of a Litclub in Tamale in the northern region of Ghana. The space has become a treasure chest and a source of hope for these girls between the ages of 10 and 15. There are 20 girls including two who have never been to school.
The power of reading and writing, coupled with the ability to tell your own story with guidance from a mentor, is what this learning space provides for these girls. They are able to connect with their inner selves, with others, their society and the world at large – utilising the seven strengths of LitWorld: Belonging, Curiosity, Friendship, Kindness, Confidence, Courage and Hope.
It is an empowering and a transforming space that allows each girl to become thoughtful and creative.
Abida Maltiti Mubarak, 10, said: “This place gives me the chance to express my thoughts and ideas. I do not get that chance anywhere else, not even my school.”
Shakira Mohammed, 11, said: “I want to go to school just like any other child. But even if I don’t ever get to go to school, this place will help me learn something.”
I remain committed to the education and advancement of the girl-child and look forward to opening other Litclubs in my region.