GNAT wants harassment of female teachers stopped

David Ofori Acheampong, GNAT General Secretary

David Ofori Acheampong, GNAT General Secretary

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has expressed concern about what it described as increasing sexual harassment against female teachers working in rural areas.

According to GNAT, female teachers who accept postings to deprived communities are constantly harassed sexually and are exposed to poor living conditions making their lives miserable.

Addressing teachers at the end of a three-day gender in service training for some selected teachers in the Central Region, GNAT National Coordinator for Gender, Helena Awurusah called on government and the corporate world to support such teachers to fight the harassment menace.

This, she believes, will enable them to inspire the girl child and also address the needs and challenges militating against the girl-child in the deprived communities.
“If you are a female teacher posted to a deprived community, they give you a room with no lock, so that in the night the landlord can enter surreptitiously, creep into your bed and attempt to harass the female teachers.

“It happens often. It is a difficult situation the female teachers find themselves. No light, no toilet facility, no changing rooms. I know what I am talking about. I have been in such deprived communities before,” she emphasized.

Mrs Awurusah is called for some support for such female teachers to make them comfortable in order to empower the communities in which they find themselves, especially, the girl child.

“We want to empower the female teachers who teach in the deprived areas. We want to empower them professionally, economically and even politically. We want to empower them so they can empower the communities in which they teach,” she added.

According to her, the training given to the female teachers at the three-day training is expected to equip them with the needed lobbying skills and also afford them the opportunity to learn how to draw action plans to become project focal persons for their respective communities.

General Secretary of GNAT, David Ofori Acheampong, said empowering women was one of the priorities of GNAT and called on female teachers to avail themselves for leadership training.

He said providing quality education was not the sole responsibility of teachers but a collaborative effort from all stakeholders including the Government and the communities where the schools were located.

“It is heart-warming to know that GNAT is an equal opportunity organization. We want our teachers to defy the odds to avail themselves of leadership positions both locally and nationally,” he intimated.

David Ofori Acheampong called on the participants to share their experiences with their colleagues and community leaders to transform the society.

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