Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) Ghana, a women’s rights non- governmental organisation, has organised an exchange programme for the Girls Empowerment Clubs from selected schools to discuss best practices for gender development.
The clubs that participated in the forum, which coincided with the African Union Day celebration, were drawn from the Teshie LEKMA 10 and 12 cluster of schools and Osu Presbyterian Preparatory School.
Supported by Crossroads International, an NGO, the forum created the platform for the pupils to share ideas on experiences acquired by students from their club meetings, school and social environments.
It also gave the opportunity for the pupils to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the country.
In her address to open the forum, Ms. Abigail Edem Hunu, Program Officer at WiLDAF, said her outfit believed that by sharing experiences, the girls would be able to learn more from among themselves to enhance their knowledge on gender and social issues in addressing adolescent challenges.
According to her, the establishment of the clubs was aimed at helping to empower children, especially girls, in the fight against domestic violence and sexual abuse, as well as enhance their knowledge on reproductive health.
“We found it important to create a platform to enable the children to freely talk about these issues so that they can learn and be offered help in addressing their challenges,” she said.
As part of its support to school, she noted that WiLDAF was in the collaborating with publishers and individuals to help stock the libraries of schools which have the clubs to increase their reading ability and also increase their literacy rate.
According to her, her outfit had identified that most of the schools with the empowerment clubs lacked reading materials, which had impacted negatively on the academic performance of the pupils.
By Victor Buxton