The importance of girls' soccer in Ghana
A soccer match between two communities took place on July 14, 2009 in honor of Plan USA’s visit to Ghana.
All the players were girls.
Emelia Allan, Program Area Manager in Bawjaise, Ghana says, “In one of the program areas, called Asesewa — where we have low educational level for girls — we try to use futbol [soccer] to improve school enrollment and to build the confidence of girls. That is helping a lot. Most girls who have left school are coming back to school because they have interest.”
According to Emelia, involvement in soccer is helping boost the confidence levels of girls and expand their horizons. In addition to helping contribute to a noticeable improvement in the enrollment of girls, playing soccer has also helped boost their performance levels in school.
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