About CBS

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CBS is a vocational training institute in Navrongo in the Upper East Region in Ghana. We offer secretarial training at low fees in order to empower the youth, and especially the young women, of the community. We are an accredited institution of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI).

At CBS, we provide vocational education in secretaryship and accountancy. With the NVTI programme in secretaryship, we offer a briding programme for students who didn’t pass their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) or who can’t afford to attend a Senior High School (SHS). It is also an opportunity for young ladies who gave birth during their teenage years and dropped out of School to get back to an academic Institution.

CBS was founded in 2011 by the local NGO “Sono Foundation” with the support of the Swiss Institution “KV Zürich” and the Swiss Student Association “Kommission für Entwicklungsfragen der Universität / ETH Zürich”. Since 2014, CBS is supported by the friend’s association “Sono Foundation Switzerland”.

Apart from enabling girls in Navrongo to education, with this initiative we created part-time employment for six teachers and a full-time employment for a secretary in Navrongo. Through Sono Foundation Switzerland we also offer a volunteer programme.

“Knowledge is Power!” (Nelson Mandela)

Educating girls and young women not only means advancing health, reproductive rights, and economic opportunities for women, but it also allows women to have greater space for participation in their countries’ democratic processes. The more educated the girls the greater the chances are that women are part of decision-making and agenda-setting.

“If we educate a boy, we educate one person.  If we educate a girl, we educate a family – and a whole nation.”

 -African Proverb

Education for girls also means increasing their ability to have better chances in life financially. An additional year of schooling can boost a woman’s earning potential by 10-20% and each year countries lose out billions in earnings by not educating women.

“Investing in girls and women is likely to prevent inter-generational cycles of poverty and yield high economic and societal returns.”

– Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General

The impact of education on development is undeniable. The extensive research and literature available suggests that investment on education pushes communities and countries towards greater economic and social well being. In Ghana, 91% of girls complete the primary school programme, but completion and enrollment rates drop at the secondary school level (UNESCO). Also, there are huge differences among the 10 regions. “The gap in the educational attainment between the country and the Upper East Region is still very wide. The lack of education in the region is not only due to general povrty and cultural practices but also to the very late introduction of education in the region” (Government of Ghana). The Upper East Region as a whole has worrying health and education indicators. Pass rates in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) held at the end of Junior High School have fallen by an average of more than 30% in maths, science and English between 2007 and 2011 (UNICEF) and in 2012, only 46% of candidates in the Kassena-Nankana-East District passed the BECE exams (VIBE Ghana).

Why is educating girls so important?

Former United Nations Secretary-General and Ghanaian, Kofi A. Annan, says:

“To educate a girl is to educate a whole family. And what is so true of families, is also true of communities and, ultimately, whole countries. Study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower Infant and maternal mortality, improve Nutrition and promote health – including helping to prevent the spread of HIV / AIDS. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation. To of the Millennium Development Goals – agreed by all the world’s countries as a blueprint for building a better world in the 21st century – are focused on education for girls and boys alike. These are not only goals in their own right; how we fare in reaching them will be crucial to our ability to reach all the others. Only by translating them into reality can our international family grow stronger, healthier, more  equitable and more prosperous.”

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Donations can be made to Sono Foundation Switzerland.