Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) - Ghana Chapter
FAWE Ghana’s vision, mission and goal are all resolute on the well-being of girls’ education. Promoting access and retention and improving the quality of education for girls
How It All Began
At a conference of African Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Education held in Manchester in 1992, five women participants at a discussion conceived the idea of forming an association that could promote the education of girls in Africa.
This gave birth to FAWE, an acronym, which stands for Forum for African Women Educationalists. One of these great founders was Hon Vida Amaadi Yeboah (late). FAWE is registered as a Pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Its current Chairperson is Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang of Ghana.
FAWE has 34 chapters throughout Africa including the Ghana Chapter.
The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Ghana is a membership-based Non-Governmental Organisation that operates in Ghana and takes its mandate from FAWE Regional Secretariat Nairobi Kenya to promote girls’ and women’s education.
FAWE Ghana is a non-political, voluntary, charitable, non-sectarian, not-for-profit organisation registered under the laws of Ghana as a company limited by guarantee and a certified by the Department of Social Welfare in Ghana as Charitable organisation.
FAWE Ghana does not discriminate on the basis of race, ideology, colour, nationality or religious persuasion. However, its target beneficiaries and constituency are primarily girls and women.
FAWE Ghana works is to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education.
Prof. Esi Sutherland- Addy
We believe that through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities and civic education and liberties are enhanced. Educated girls become educated women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to play a role in governance and democratic processes and to influence the direction of their societies.
We work hand-in-hand with communities, schools, civil society, Non-Governmental Organizations and ministries to achieve gender equity and equality in education through targeted programmes. We encourage our partners to enact policies and provide positive learning environments that treat girls and boys equally.
Our work influences government policy, builds public awareness, demonstrates best educational practice through effective models and encourages the adoption of these models by governments and institutions of education. This has led to increased rates of girls’ enrollment, retention and completion of school in Ghana.
Through our work, girls and women across Ghana have the chance to attend school and overcome material deprivation and social and political exclusion.
Prof. Esi Sutherland-Addy has a BA in French and Linguistics from the University of Ghana and an MA in African Studies (Literature with minors in Folklore and Dance) from UCLA. She entered into the service of the University of Ghana as a Fellow at the Institute of African Studies in 1982 and assigned to the Language, Literature and Drama Section. She was promoted to her current rank of associate professor in 2008. She served in two ministerial positions as Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism and Higher Education (1986 & 1986 -1993) respectively. She is also Associate Director of the African Humanities Program for Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda 2017/18.