About the Project
Making Ghanaian Girls Great! (or MGCubed) is Ghana’s first interactive distance-learning project, started in June 2013. MGCubed (UK’s Department for International Development Girls’ Education Challenge innovation window project, delivered by the Varkey Foundation) uses cutting edge technology and multimedia content to deliver quality teaching to over five thousand students in deprived schools in Ghana. MGCubed aims to address the challenges of teacher quality, teacher absenteeism and poor student learning. The project has equipped two classrooms in 72 Ghana Education Service Primary schools, outfitted with solar-powered computers and projectors, so that real-time two-way interactive distance learning in basic Maths and English can occur for participating students, especially focusing on young girls aged seven to 16 living in deprived communities. Every day from the two teaching studios in the capital city of Accra live lessons are broadcast to the connected classrooms for interactive learning to occur. Each classroom during term time receives one hour of English Language, one hour of Mathematics, and an hour of gender sensitive training during the Wonder Women after-school girls’ club.
This pilot project is being independently evaluated through a Randomised Control Trial, conducted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Ghana. The Baseline report is already available, and the Midline report will be available in October 2015, and the Endline report after October 2016. The pilot is currently scheduled to operate until April 2017.