Agnes Ayariga Atanga, a Success Story of CAMFED Ghana.

Agnes Ayariga Attanga, a native of Bongo in the Upper East Region of Ghana is one of the success story of CAMFED Ghana’s activities in Ghana.
I came into contact with Agnes Ayariga Atanga at a CAMFED Ghana/Media Partnership meeting in Accra, where she was introduced to the meeting as a development officer and a beneficiary of CAMFED Ghana’s activities in Ghana.
CAMFED is an NGO working in Ghana to ensure educational opportunities for girls and empower young women to become leaders of change with a focus on girls and young women in rural areas of sub Saharan Africa.
Agnes attended Bolgatanga Senior High School and had to stay home for a year after her West African Examination Council School Certificate Exams, because her father was not in a position financially to foot tertiary education cost. This was so because Agnes father who was a meat seller around Mallam lost his job when the Mallam overhead was being constructed in 2006.
According to her, it was the magnanimity of Zenith International School’s Director in Kasoa that made it possible for her to complete her basic school Education with a scholarship because she was academically good.
Continuing her story, she was introduced to CAMFED Ghana by a friend in 2016, after she could not go to university though she passed, due to financial constraints. She went to Bongo to meet the District Girl Child Officer who helped her to fill her forms and submitted it. She was called for an interview after a month, after which she was offered a full scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in ICT Education at University of Education, Winneba.
This scholarship, included a personal laptop, her accommodation, and semester stipends of five Hundred Ghana Cedis among other things.
Agnes Ayariga Atanga is so full of praise for CAMFED Ghana, with a rhetoric question, ” How would my life had been if not for CAMFED”, stating that though her mum and dad are alive, yet she was at a point, living a life of an orphan.
Agnes, who is currently pursuing a master of science program in Data Science Technology at the university of Edinburgh( an on line program) and a Ph.D program in Computer Science at the University of Ghana,Legon is also running an NGO in her native home town by name ACADEMIC SUCCESS TEAM. Her aim and Vision is to use the NGO to encourage more children to stay in school to realize the CAN DO SPIRIT in themselves. This spirit of can do according to Agnes was imbibed in her at the various Mentorship programs and leadership trainings organised for her and other beneficiaries of CAMFED assistance during their long vacations dubbed, KING’S MAKERS CONGRESS, where experts and experienced professionals comes around to talk to them on things around them.
According to her, though CAMFED is no more funding her education after her first degree, they still have interest in her and have been monitoring and evaluating her progress.
Agnes Ayarigà Atanga, who knows might have joined the thousands of young ladies who have to venture into certain activities they would not, under normal circumstances,but for survival, is just one of the many success stories of CAMFED in Ghana.

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