500 Attend Wechiau Girls Conference

girlsAIM Mission Foundation, a non-governmental organization has opened a five-day camp meeting for 500 underprivileged school girls in wechiau the Wa West District capital of Upper West region.

This year’s conference is held under the theme “demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ” and it is expected to enhance the girls’ proficiency in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies as well as help build their spiritual morality.

The girls were selected from 38 communities within the district and are being camped at the district capital, Wechiau, to receive training from 18 resource persons from the United States of America.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times at a short ceremony to open the conference yesterday, the president of AIM Mission, Rev. Malobe Sampson urged the Ghanaian society to support underprivileged children to attain higher education.

He said educating young girls who are born in deprived areas would serve as the basis to help uplift their communities from poverty, health complications and other social challenges.

“This is because educated women stands a better chance to also educate their children and extended families to contribute meaningfully to the growth of their communities”, he said.

According to him, though equal attention needed to be given to boy-child education, more emphasis should be made on girl-child education because girls are more vulnerable yet the most influential.

He noted that the AIM Mission was motivated to deploy a team of specialized resource persons from USA, including doctors, nurses, and educationists, realizing the importance of the girl-child education in rural communities.

Mr. Sampson said the organization focuses on helping build the girls potentials through well structured activities at each camping meeting while providing them with some basic needs such as food, clothes and educational materials.

He commended the chiefs and people of the district for their warm reception since the inception of the conference in 2007 and urged corporate bodies to support AIM Mission in expanding its activities nationwide.

The country director of AIM Mission, Mr. Kofi Osei-Acheampong urged parents and guardians not to deprive their children the opportunity to be educated.

He said education remains a better alternative and mechanism in improving the livelihoods of people living in rural areas.

“We as Ghanaians need to promote quality education in the rural areas to give equal opportunities to children in our society. If we do not do that we will be burying huge potentials needed for national development”, he said.
Charles Amankwa, Wechiau

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