The Campaign for Female Education – Ghana, Camfed, has inducted seven hundred Senior High School graduates in the Northern Region from the Tamale Senior High, Ghana Senior High, Business Senior High, Kalpohin Senior High schools among others in the Northern Region into the Camfed Alumni (CAMA) Peer Support Network.
The Non Governmental Organization as part of its mandate, advocates for girl-child education and empowerment to mitigate the poverty margins across the country and especially, the Northern Region. The Camfed Peer Support Network is an established platform which seeks to empower young women to stand-up to challenges in life and succeed in their various fields of endeavors. This also enables rural young women and girls to lead the charter for social change.
The network has a growth population of 27,000 Ghanaian young women and girls in 31 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Greater Accra and the Ashanti Regions. Camfed provides support for these young women in areas of education, health and economic status to enhance their living conditions.
Speaking in an interview with A1radioonline.com on the sidelines of the induction ceremony in Tamale, a Core Trainer for the Tamale Metro, Janet Kupalba explained that, CAMA is a group of young women who have received support from Camfed to through secondary and tertiary education or go into other business avenues. She noted the network is very a vibrant one which helps CAMA members to build on their leadership skills and build on their confidence level to lead the needed change in their communities and the country at large.
Ms. Kupalba underscored the need for every young girl to join the network, adding that: “we have something we call the PFP, the first P, the Peer Support Network which enable us to assist each other in various ways; we support each other in times of trouble, we support each other to celebrate our success and we give each other the mentoring a member needs to enable her to move forward.”
She explained further that, the F, is the framework for activism, so we create another opportunity for all CAMA members to be able to have something doing in their communities. She noted that members engage in advocacy and sensitization programs to educate community members and school children on pressing issues.
She mentioned that the other P is a platform for young women leadership. Adding that, at the CAMA network, it is cluster committee members, district committee members, regional and national committee members that organize series of activities in leadership capacity and transition programs to groom the people.