GA West promotes girl-child education

A contingent of girls on parade.A Durbar to climax a five-day celebration of Girls’ Education for private schools in the Ga West Municipality has been held.

More than 2000 girls from 300 private basic and senior high schools, participated in the programme, which was organised on the theme: “Empowering Girls for optional performance in life”.

The Ga West Municipal Girl-Child Co-ordinator, Mamaga Evelyn Dogbatse said education used to be the preserve of only boys, but now awareness had been created for girls to stay in school and achieve greater laurels.

She disclosed that girl-child protection policies would be vigorously applied against child marriages, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Madam Dogbatse said out of 61,000 children identified to be working on the streets, 59 per cent  of them were girls.

She said training programmes, quiz competitions and an excursion were organised for girls, adding that 15 teenage mothers, who dropped out of school, were assisted to get back to school.

Mrs. Maamen Efua Sakyi-Aidoo, an aspiring NDC Member of Parliament for Trobu constituency, advised girls to avoid teenage pregnancy and concentrate on their studies.

She advised teenage mothers to go back to school to enable them secure a good future for themselves.

She predicted that, with a little push on girl-child education, the Ga West Municipality could produce the first female president for the country.

Ms. Doris Darimani, Municipal Director in charge of private schools, admonished girls to look up to the role models, including the late Thedosia Okoe, who designed the Ghana flag, and the late Professor Mariam Addy, the first female professor in science.

She said there was the need to harness potentials of the girl-child for development.



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