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WE16 - Letting Girls Learn in the Developing World: An Experience in Ghana


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Letting Girls Learn in the Developing World: An Experience in Ghana

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WE16 - Letting Girls Learn in the Developing World: An Experience in Ghana

  1. 1. © 2016 IBM Corporation Letting Girls Learn in the Developing World: An Experience in Ghana Dr. Cheryl Howard Senior Data Scientist, IBM Analytics WE16, Philadelphia PA October 29, 2016
  2. 2. 2 © 2016 IBM Corporation Benefits of Corporate Citizenship Programs  Social tools to help Police and community relations in Philippines  Information Management for Cervical Cancer Vaccine tracking in Kenya  Support for scaling of free eye care in India Communities’ Problems Solved Leadership Training & Development  Global Branding  Local Branding – entry into new markets such as Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Rwanda and Poland  Mentoring & Local Knowledge transfer New Markets “This is the best ‘course’ to expose employees to diverse cultures, growing countries international environments and new business challenges.” — Corporate Service Corps Brazil Team Member  “Increased Cultural Awareness”  “Helped Them Perform Their ‘Day Job’”  “Increased IBM’s Role in GMU”  “Increased Teaming & Listening Skills”
  3. 3. 3 © 2016 IBM Corporation Corporate Service Corps – Excellence in Leadership Development Huge leadership development and significant management support over the first 6 years of the program
  4. 4. 4 © 2016 IBM Corporation The Peace Corps partnership demonstrates innovation for the CSC and promising opportunities for the field of pro bono problem solving  The innovative public-private partnership between IBM and the Peace Corps demonstrates the power of cross-sector collaboration in addressing the world’s problems  The skilled, multi-disciplinary CSC teams are coming together with the deep expertise on the ground of the Peace Corps – highlighting the strengths of both individually, but also the power of both combined  Strategic, high impact projects were completed in Ghana as part of Let Girls Learn to expand access to education for adolescent girls. Watch:  Projects are underway in the Philippines and being planned in Mexico Announced by The First Lady of the United States at Fortune Post Powerful Women Summit
  5. 5. 5 © 2016 IBM Corporation CSC teams meet weekly for 12-14 sessions prior to departure  Pre-work focuses on team building, problem solving, and cultural awareness  Team is global and multi-disciplinary. Not all team members have prior consulting experience.  The team works with an NGO partner (Pyxera Global) who identifies clients/projects and handles logistical aspects of the engagement  Project goals, SOW, and team composition are not revealed until several weeks before departure – The Ghana 12 team found out earlier than most CSC teams that our mission would be related to the Let Girls Learn initiative and the Peace Corps Partnership – Ghana 12 was the first CSC team to include a Distinguished Engineer, who was also sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer
  6. 6. 6 © 2016 IBM Corporation About Ghana  First country in sub-Saharan Africa to claim independence from colonial powers (UK) in 1957  Population 26M – over 10 regional languages commonly spoken – English is official language  GDP/capita US$ 4,300 (vs. $55,800 for US)  Literacy Rate 58% (vs. 99% for US)  Child labor rate (5-14) is 34%
  7. 7. Why focus on education and girls’ empowerment * s/50th/learning-out-of-poverty ** OECD Economic Benefits • 38X: Ghana’s estimated GDP increase if all 15 year olds achieved basic math and science proficiency** • 10%: potential future earning increase per extra year of a girl’s education • 10-30%: higher productivity per extra year of a girl’s education • 90%: income educated woman invests in her family (vs 40% for educated man) Social Benefits • 2X: chance a child born to an educated mother has of surviving to age 5 • 50%: higher likelihood an educated mother immunizes her children • 3X: reduced chances a girl completing basic education has for contracting HIV/AIDS “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).” – African Proverb
  8. 8. 8 © 2016 IBM Corporation Educational Challenges in Ghana  Public education is free through Junior High School, but many still can not afford it due to: – Costs of uniforms, supplies, testing fees – Need to work and share other family responsibilities  High School education (including public) has fees associated that are beyond the means of many families  Cultural expectations – Education of girls not considered as important – Expectations for girls to enter STEM fields are lower  Infrastructure – Distance/transportation to school – Sanitary facilities – Availability of technology (including electricity!) – Availability of curricula, books, lab supplies  Teacher turnover
  9. 9. Soc iet y Policy Implement ation and Enforceme nt Grassroo ts Multiple forces can accelerate societal change Shift
  10. 10. © 2016 IBM Corporation Projects are inter-related – Measure previous empowerment program impact – Mentors from past beneficiaries – Establish mentorship network – Strengthen core business processes – Architect, design and prototype rural learning device – Girls’ empowerment content  Connections: – Mentor training – Empowerment education – Advertise mentorship program – Collect statistics for impact analysis – Pilot sites – Voice and SMS campaign collaboration
  11. 11. 11 © 2016 IBM Corporation Our achievements and impact of the Let Girls Learn projects in Ghana  In Ghana the CSC team worked with with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MoGCSP), the Girls Education Unit (GEU) of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the social enterprise TECHAiDE. – The team developed a framework and the prototype for a web-based platform to give information about secondary education and provide a mentoring program for girls and their families for the MoGCSP and the GEU. – At TECHAiDE they provided recommendations and deliverables in the overall business strategy, talent (HR strategy), marketing, financial and supply chain which will help to reach 400 schools in September 2016. Additionally they developed a prototype device (ANSANKA) that provides educational content for schools with limited or no access to the internet.
  12. 12. © 2016 IBM Corporation Objective: Improve educational outcomes for girls in Ghana through mentoring and networking Goal: More girls reaching tertiary education, especially in Math & Science Approach: Build a web-based community to inspire and support girls and to track outcomes Let Girls Learn by Mentoring and Networking
  13. 13. © 2016 IBM Corporation Connect Mentors and Mentees GEM Network
  14. 14. © 2016 IBM Corporation Social Media Outreach to Past Beneficiaries Additional outreach through Facebook, Twitter, and personal connections WhatsApp Broadcast Manual data extraction Focused WhatsApp Group GoogleDocs survey Tim estam p 1.W hatisyournam e? 2016/02/24 8:30:20 PM GM T Lyanne Dede Sackey 2.W hatis yourm obile phone num ber? 3.W hatisyourwhatsapp num ber? 274949126 274949126 4.W hatis yourcurrente-m ailaddress? 5.W hich Program /Cam p did you attend? lyannesackey@ 5)Scholarship ofExcellence 6.W hatis the yearofparticipation? 7.W hatisyourcurrentlocation? 2005 4)Central 8.W hatis yourcurrentoccupation? 9.W hatisthe levelofeducation com pleted? Finalyearm edicalstudent 1)SeniorHigh School 10.M ay we contactyou foran interview? 11.W hatis the bestdays/tim es to contactyou? Yes M ar2,2016 @ 2pm 12.W hatisthe bestway to contact? 2)Telephone Call Automatic data extraction Interview s
  15. 15. © 2016 IBM Corporation School Visits Clarified Obstacles to Success  Over 100 students and adults interviewed at four Peace Corps schools  Limited Role Models – Girls aspire to challenging careers, but see few/no women in professional roles – Students see teachers, relatives, older siblings, university students from community as role models  Infrastructure – Limited ICT infrastructure: computers, internet, smart phones – Long travel to school  Financial Challenges – Parents unable to pay levies and other costs can lead to sub-optimal performance & behaviors – Many students work on weekends and after school and have many chores  Teacher Limitations – Shortage of qualified Maths, Science, and other specialty teachers – Lack of resources – Absenteeism
  16. 16. © 2016 IBM Corporation Ministry Meetings Identified Existing Systems SRC/SRC Mobile G-PASS School Mapping & Monitoring Education Management Information System (EMIS) HRMISGirls empowerment Newly-trained teachers Teacher Performance
  17. 17. © 2016 IBM Corporation Analytics will Guide Solutions Questions: Is there a gender gap? Is it getting worse or better? Does it vary by level?
  18. 18. © 2016 IBM Corporation Analytics Drive Outreach Targets Questions: At what level are we losing girls? Do public/private behave the same? Public school sees largest enrollment drop between J2 and J3 Also a large drop between J3 and S1 Public and Private show different retention behavior
  19. 19. © 2016 IBM Corporation Deliver web prototype, strategy, artifacts Strategy Playbook Technical Framework
  20. 20. © 2016 IBM Corporation Three Phase Implementation of GEM Network StrategicWebsiteLevel Time Mar of 2016 Oct of 2016 Oct of 2017  Official website for GEM network  Contain broad range of resources for girls empowerment  Track and measure impact of GEM network and other programs Implement enterprise level site 3rd step GEM Network Website Mentor-Mentee Matching Website Prototype Website We are Here 3 step road-map short-term implementation plan mid-term implementation plan long-term implementation plan 1st step 2nd step  Prototype website using WordPress  Focus on form of website  Develop look & feel  Create information gathering pages for potential mentors and mentees Look & Feel and Past Beneficiaries  Implement a hosted website  Secure register of mentors and mentees  Match the mentor and mentee manually Register and Match Mentors/Mentees
  21. 21. © 2016 IBM Corporation Key Recommendations  Ownership: – Identify owners of hardware, software, infrastructure, administration – Create Action Groups to implement various aspects web platform  Outreach: – Plan and host in-person events at district level to drive traffic to site – Begin outreach in schools that have resources (e.g., internet, mentors) rather than most needy schools – Address JHS first – Leverage partners (e.g., Peace Corps Volunteers, Vodafone, Camfed) to promote website, host outreach events, grow network  Impact Analysis – Quantitative analysis will strengthen both GEM network and other empowerment programs – Analysis must go beyond statistical reporting
  22. 22. 22 © 2016 IBM Corporation Mentorship at Ashesi University  Lack of role models, especially females in STEM fields, is a systemic problem in Ghana  IBM, Peace Corps, the Ministries, and TechAide hosted a mentorship event for JHS/SHS and Ashesi University students  Ashesi University promotes entrepreneurship, service, and inquiry-based learning – 100% of students learn to code – Pan-African model – 44% of faculty are women
  23. 23. 23 © 2016 IBM Corporation Links  My blog:  Ghana 12 team profile: http://  External press: https://  Let Girls Learn:  IBM Corporate Service Corps: https://
  24. 24. Corporate Citizen & Corporate Affairs Questions?