She’s a Sunrise. She lit the path we walk on. She’s a star, a bright star. She’s strong, brave, bold, energetic, mild, caring, and understanding. She’s emerald, a beauty to behold. She is a WOMAN.
As a woman, my objective is to educate women in entrepreneurship. It is my dream to create vocational training institution where young girls can acquire knowledge and practical skills in addition to their normal and regular classroom education.
Years ago, female education was not encouraged. There was a belief that males were more important than females; the woman’s place was in the kitchen. These beliefs limited the potential and ability of the woman.
In recent times, norms and customs have evolved. Women and girls are excelling through education.
This day, 8 March 2019, International Women’s Day, grants all women the opportunity to raise our voice and share equal opportunities with men in all fields.
There are cases where young women are battered before employment. Some engage in prostitution and still others choose criminal activity due to poverty and unemployment.
Together we will work towards changing the ugly face of a society that dismisses the significance of half the world’s population.
I would like to share part of my life’s experience to inspire all young women.
After my WASSCE examination, I failed some of the subjects. I was discouraged from furthering my education. I had to pass the subjects before I could get access to University. I met one family friend, Mr. Benjamin Tandoh. He encouraged me to rewrite the subjects so that I could pursue my big dream to be a graduate and professional teacher.
I achieved great success since my conversation with Mr. Tandoh. I have been enrolled in a University studying education. I am determined. By the grace of God, I will complete my graduate program in education.
Girls and Women – Don’t let an old adage affect your big dream. We have to press hard to fulfill our dreams.
I am now the headmistress of the PAAJAF Educational Institute (PEI). Leadership is a great privilege for me. I press hard to make PEI a successful educational institution.
We (Women) have to prepare, care, and persevere no matter what circumstances life may bring. We have to face the world!
The goal of our mother organization, PAAJAF Foundation, is to ensure women and girls receive support and other services to help each achieve and have opportunities in life. PAAJAF develops and implements projects to lift women in our society out of poverty.
PAAJAF knows the time is now to ensure all children, girls and women have an education. The Foundation brings tools to women and girls so they can break free from the cycle of poverty. We call all to become a part of our solution. Be a partner in alleviating the suffering of others.
Adult Education and Training
Our adult education program has helped women who could not identify the English alphabet reach a level of literacy necessary to identify each. They now have rudimentary reading skills. This achievement ensures that women who did not get the opportunity to attend school are able to read basic documents such as: newspapers, business forms, banking statements, and the Bible. They are now more likely to seek the advice of others for documents they can read but may not understand.
Women in our program have learned basic business accounting and fundamental mathematics. Business and community engagements are elevated as women improve their skills. Engagement with each other and the surrounding communities increases. The opportunity to grow their businesses, expand their network, and gain new customers is enhanced.
The women who participate in our programs move from one stage of learning to the next as a group. This process builds trust and respect in business and civic dialogue. Two graduates of our training program are now employment at PEI. Fourteen women, through the PAAJAF project – Gbawe Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), received micro loans to their launch their businesses.
We should all understand that we are equal despite gender differences. Educating women and allowing them to take part in every affair is one of the important factors in nation building.
Happy International Women’s Day to All!