Ms. Melody Azinim, a Senior Programmes Officer at Action Aid-Ghana, says there is the need for young girls to be properly trained to take proper decisions regarding their development and help prevent teenage pregnancies.
“Empowering the girls with knowledge will assist them in taking proper decisions regarding their personal hygiene, reading habits, and other negative acts that will lead them into unwanted pregnancies,” she said.
Ms Azinim made the observation at the closing ceremony of a five-day Girls’ Camp at the weekend, organised by ActionAid-Ghana, as a means to mentor and educate the girls to be empowered with development oriented skills.
The camp, which was on the theme,“Girls Camp, celebrating girls’ empowerment for leadership,” was also meant to empower the girls with knowledge to act responsibly in society.
Ms. Azinim said the focus of this year’s camp was to draw girls from different districts and schools to enrich their knowledge and share experiences.
A total of 70 girls from the primary and junior high levels were camped with 30 coming from the Nanumba North and the Nanumba South districts while the remaining 40 came from the Tamale Metropolis and Sagnarigu District.
Mr. Mohammed Sorogodoo, DCE for Sagnerigu, in a speech read on his behalf, said the camp created a platform for the girls to acquire knowledge and share experience with friends who did not get the opportunity to participate.
He said “the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices such as the internet and smart phones for illegal activities has become the norm among many” and advised the girls to desist from such practices.
He also challenged the girls to try exploring new ways of using ICT devices to acquire more knowledge and experiences, which is the surest way of excelling to attain academic excellence.
Mr. Kanzoni Donald, the Northern Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Education Service (GES), urged the girls to be assertive and defend themselves against all forms of sexual harassment.