OAK Foundation Ghana works to address these challenges and mitigate their negative impacts on society.
In Ghana, in line with trends in many African countries, there is high drop-out from school among female students as a result of pregnancy and financial difficulties. The current drop-out rate of young females in Senior High Schools, particularly in rural and low-income communities is estimated at 40%. In the year 2013 alone, 750,000 female teenagers in Ghana became pregnant; and a substantial number of these girls dropped out of school. The negative impacts of this social problem on the young girls, their off-springs, families, and society at large are obvious.Download Free PDF
Even when young women are able to attain education up to the tertiary level, their representation in the entrepreneurial workforce is challenged by a myriad of factors. The challenges young females face in setting up their own businesses are related to financial, logistical, and access to opportunities.