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By mid-1990, the campaign for greater participation of girls in education had gathered significant momentum globally. In Ghana particularly, a National Seminar on Girls’ Education was held in Accra in June 1995 to, among other objectives, discuss and develop a coherent plan of action to eliminate gender gaps in educational participation. From this emerged the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) programme by which the Ministry of Education (MOE) set out to achieve universal education by 2005 (i.e., ten years). As one strategy of attaining the FCUBE goal, the MOE established the Girls’ Education Unit (GEU) in February 1997 to ensure the participation of girls, who had been lagging behind boys in all indicators. The GEU was transferred to Basic Education Division under the Ghana Education Service (GES) and has since been at the forefront promoting the education of girls in the country.


The Girls’ Education Unit (GEU) is driven by a national vision which states:

“All Ghana’s girls – and their brothers – are healthy, attend safe, welcoming schools, are well taught by teachers who understand their needs, achieve according to their individual potential, graduate and become productive members of Ghana’s nurturing society.”


GEU’s mission is to promote the education of girls along five (5) dimensions:


  1. To bring parity of access to education and educational opportunities.
  2. To enable girls to contribute more effectively to the development of the nation.
  3. To improve the status of women and girls.
  4. To develop the social capital of women.
  5. To find adequate funding support and to mainstream gender-related issues.


The Girls’ Education Unit (GEU) aims to ensure parity of access to education and educational opportunities between boys and girls at the pre-tertiary level.

 Thus, the objectives of the GEU are to:

  1. Increase enrolment, retention and achievement of girls, particularly in the sphere of sciences, technology and mathematics innovation.
  2. Develop and maintain strategies aimed at ensuring the continuation of girls into junior and senior high schools and beyond.
  3. Reduce the dropout rate for girls in primary, junior and senior high school.
  4. Increase the transition rate of girls at all phases of pre-tertiary level education.
  5. Increase the participation of girls in science, technology and mathematics (STEMI) subjects by improving the quality of teaching and enhancing the perception of these subjects.
  6. Advocate for strategies that advance the implementation of policies and decisions related to enhancing girls’ education.
  7. Produce quality research and data on strategies to improve girls’ education in Ghana.