History Of Agivoc

Accra Girls’ Vocational Institute (AGIVOC) is a solely owned, privately funded institution founded by Mrs. Jemima Asiedua Boafo. It was established in June 1973, and has been registered and recognized by the Registrar General’s Department, the Ghana Education Service (GES), and the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI). It is situated in Tesano near the Santana Market, about 274meters away from the Police Station. Mrs. Boafo’s initial idea or vision for establishing AGIVOC was to train women irrespective of their backgrounds in basic vocational skills to help them acquire a trade in order to contribute to the Ghanaian economy and also to manage effectively in the marital home. But with time, this vision has been revised to respond to the needs of a changing community and the global world.

 

BACKGROUND

1973 was an era when Ghanaians were migrating in droves to other neighboring African countries to find work because there was little opportunity for them locally. At this time, Madam Boafo had her own dressmaking and hairdressing business. A couple of her customers, ladies who work at the bank of Ghana, approached her to offer them evening classes in dressmaking.

Madam Boafo seized the opportunity to establish Accra Girls Vocational Institute (AGIVOC). The initial idea being to train women, irrespective of their backgrounds in basic vocational skills. The original school curriculum therefore consisted of basic hairdressing, cookery, and dressmaking, arts and crafts, childcare, home management. The end result being a Social Welfare Proficiency Certificate.

The intent was to help women acquire a trade in order that they could contribute to the Ghanaian economy and also manage effectively in the marital home. 


The school opened on 30th June, 1973 with 6 girls. These ladies are now fondly referred to as 
“The Pioneers”. It was an unusual time to begin the academic year since the summer holidays were imminent. The school broke for holidays three weeks after it opened. 


The school re-opened in September, 1973 with 40 girls. Three years later, the Pioneers graduated. The next two academic years (1974 - 1975) the second batch of 40 girls graduated with Social Welfare Certificate in Dressmaking and Home Science. 
By 1980, Accra Girls vocational institute had about 200 students and National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) Certificate was introduced. This meant students specialized either in Dressmaking, Catering or Hairdressing instead of following a generalist curriculum.

In the mid 1980’s, the school was accredited to take City & Guilds Level I exams (812/1). In 1991, the school’s status was upgraded to offer City & Guilds Level II exams (812/2). In the first instance, the school had an excellent pass rate.