Women's empowerment brand, The Intelligent Lady, has launched its new programme dubbed "The Intelligent Lady Academy in Ghana after a successful pilot in Lesotho.

The Academy, a revolutionary initiative aimed at equipping adolescent girls with essential leadership and entrepreneurial skills, seeks to prepare the next generation of female leaders for success in an increasingly competitive and dynamic world.

The Academy, through its flagship programme “Aspire to LEAD” which was a six-week leadership capacity development programme trained 36 girls at Accra Girls Senior High School. The programme, designed for adolescent girls aged between 15 and 19 years in Senior High Schools, aims to inspire, equip, nurture, and empower them to be confident leaders and problem solvers in their communities.

Aspire to Lead uses a comprehensive curriculum designed to cultivate leadership qualities and foster an entrepreneurial spirit among adolescent girls. Through a combination of life skills-based training, hands-on projects, and mentorship, students are taught to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities necessary for leadership roles and entrepreneurial endeavours.

"At The Intelligent Lady Academy, we recognize the importance of equipping adolescents with the skills and mindset needed to thrive in today's rapidly evolving landscape," said Maame Efua Arthur, Project Coordinator of the Academy. "With the launch of The Academy, we aim to empower adolescents to unleash their full potential, cultivate innovation, and make a positive impact in their communities and beyond."

The curriculum at The Intelligent Lady Academy covers a wide range of topics including the power of self-image, associations, choices and responsibilities, communication and interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship fundamentals, ethical decision-making, among others.

In addition to classroom learning, students are provided the opportunity to engage with industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, and community leaders through guest lectures and internships.

"The Intelligent Lady is not just about imparting knowledge; it's about nurturing a mindset of resilience, adaptability, and collaboration," said founder Princess Sekyere Bih. "We believe that every adolescent and young woman has the potential to become a leader and entrepreneur, and our goal is to provide them with the tools and support to turn their aspirations into reality."

She revealed that the programmes of the Academy are run in collaboration with both senior and junior high schools in the communities. She expressed her gratitude to the headmistress and leadership of the Accra Girls SHS for embracing the initiative to run in the school.

The Academy is one of many initiatives by The Intelligent Lady brand. In the past 5 years, through its network, it has organized events including Purpose and Plan, The Dialogue Series, and Entrepreneurship workshops to empower women. Every December, members of the Network organize a Christmas soup kitchen event for prison inmates of the James Camp Prison to share faith, hope, and love.

About The Intelligent Lady

The Intelligent Lady is a dynamic social enterprise dedicated to the empowerment of adolescents and young women into the realms of leadership, business, and entrepreneurship.

Its mission is to motivate and equip women to unlock and harness their potential in these critical sectors.

It strives to facilitate their journey towards success by providing comprehensive training, interactive workshops, seminars, and the power of storytelling.

Its programmes are meticulously designed to not only inspire but also to provide the practical tools and knowledge adolescent women need to thrive as leaders and entrepreneurs in today's competitive landscape

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