Learning And Impact From Ten Years Of The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program At CAMFED Ghana


In 2012, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at CAMFED Ghana was launched to support academically talented but economically disadvantaged girls in their pathways to dignified and fulfilling work. The goal of the Program at CAMFED Ghana was to provide comprehensive support to 4,000 girls through Senior High School (SHS) and 2,000 young women through tertiary education and empower them with the necessary skills to become leaders of change. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars were selected from 32 districts across 12 regions of Ghana.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program provided full scholarships, psychosocial support services, personal development support, career services, networking opportunities, and leadership development training to girls and young women. Additionally, the Program aimed to strengthen the education system in Ghana. To achieve this goal, CAMFED Ghana worked with secondary schools, tertiary institutions, the government, and other stakeholders to design interventions that would create a more supportive environment in which all young people, including marginalized girls and women, could thrive.

This Learning and Impact study was commissioned primarily to review CAMFED’s 2012 partnership with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in Ghana, which supported Mastercard Foundation Scholars to access secondary and tertiary level education.

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