Girls’ Camp Opens For Underprivileged Children

GES DIRECTOR GENERAL  MR AHETOR Tsegah (2)Plan Ghana in collaboration with Ghana Education Service (GES) has opened nine-day Girls’ Camp in Accra for 100 underprivileged school girls from East Akyim Districts of the Eastern Region.

The Camp, which is being funded by Dutch government through Plan Ghana’s Girl Power Project, is on the theme “aspiring to inspire: minimizing unprepared motherhood”.

The girls are expected to be trained in information and communications technology, gender studies, adolescent and reproductive health issues especially matters relating to early motherhood.

At a ceremony to open the camp at Achimota Basic School in Accra yesterday, the Programme Support Manager of Plan Ghana, Mr. Raphael Bokumak charged girls to stay out of premarital sex to avoid early motherhood.

He urged them to focus on their studies and make it a priority to attain higher education instead of engaging in activities that could end their dreams in life.

“Education is a fundamental human right and the most effective way to alleviate poverty. It is therefore very unfortunate that teenage girls miss out educating and empowering themselves due to unplanned pregnancies and subsequently, unprepared motherhoods”, he lamented.

Mr. Bokumak also urged guardians, parents and teachers to guard their wards against teenage pregnancy through sex education.

He expressed the need for government and other stakeholders to commit adequate resources to education as a means of addressing socio-economic challenges associated with early motherhood.

He again urged government to intensify its efforts in establishing all inclusive education saying “though there had been elaborated plans on inclusive education, implementation of these plans has unacceptably lagged behind”.

He said it is necessary for government to consider mainstreaming “inclusive education” curriculum into all colleges of education, where majority of teachers are trained.

This, Mr Ahensah explained would ensure that teachers at all levels are better equipped to support the inclusive education drive.

He urged policy makers to broaden the definition of “inclusive education” to cover children who are excluded from education due to religious, cultural, gender and geographical factors.

The deputy director of GES, Mr. Stephen Adu urged parents to show high responsibility for the welfare of their wards.

According to him, girls that are not properly catered for are likely to drop out of school and engage in all manner of activities that might pose a threat to society.

By Charles Amankwa

 

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