Adanwomase SHS girls pledge to delay early child birth

BY: Daniel K. Kenu

Girls at the Adanwomase Senior High School in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region have pledged to delay early childbirth so as to pursue higher education.

They explained that their actions would also save the world and Ghana, in particular, from the problems associated with increased population.

Apparently touched by an emotional presentation by Mrs Margaret Abankwah of the Ashanti Regional Plant Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) on the effects of early childbirth, the girls spontaneously engaged the official as they promised, with their hands lifted, not to embarrass their parents and school authorities with unwanted pregnancy.

The school was chosen as the venue to mark this year's World Population Day in the Ashanti Region on the theme: ‘Investing in young people, our future, our heritage’.

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In a rather frank and open discussion, the students, including their male counterparts, were hit with the reality after Mrs Abankwah's presentation and affirmed that the only way to a meaningful future was through the pursuit of higher education and not through sex.

An Assistant Representative of the United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA), Mr Bawa Amadu, noted that millions of girls were being forced into premarital sex and marriages leading to unwanted pregnancies and the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases.

He, therefore, charged world leaders to help safeguard the future of girls.