A recent publication by Ghanaian Times on the January 9, 2018 in Ghana, West Africa regarding some 334 basic schools under tree in the Upper East Region of Ghana brought about emotional and psychological awakenings in most people. Not only did such exposure highlighted the setbacks that these kids face in their studies as a result of weather condition but also the poor environmental conditions that could demotivate school attendance. Despite the general effect on all the pupils, how many of us consider the distinct consequence of these poor conditions on girls specifically? Just imagine how difficult and uncomfortable it would be for a young girl in her menstruation period to go to school and sit under a tree without any toilet facility to keep herself in check. As such, most of these girls tend to miss school for some days every month just to take care of themselves during those periods.

These thoughts and awakenings spiked us at PACC Policy to start a project titled Creating Funding for Girls’ Education Through Green Bonds: A Win-Win for Climate Change Mitigation and Reduced Population Growth”. With the help of our main collaborator, Think Renewables Inc. in Canada, we managed to birth this project by developing a strong position paper to raise awareness on the relevance of funding girls’ education. The research currently spans across 4 African countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia and Cameroon. Working together with our teams, we have been able to officially secure partnership with some organisation including Forest, Resources and People (FOREP) in Cameroon, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State, Nigeria and Street Children Empowerment Foundation in Ghana.

We have just started the distribution of the questionnaires and expected to release the final results and analysis by June 2018.

All updates will be posted here so keep following our publications.

To learn more or support this project, please contact Dr. Renata Konadu – Project Coordinator (Email: renata@paccpolicy.org)