ActionAid holds Girls’ Camp

BY: Samuel K. Obour

ACTIONAid Ghana has held its fourth Greater Accra Regional Girls Camp aimed at empowering young girls to achieve greater heights in education.

The one-week camp, on the theme: “Empowering Girls Through Education: Securing National Progress”, brought together 120 girls from basic schools in the Accra Metropolitan Area and the Kedjebi District in the Volta Region.

Participants who were selected by their respective schools at the regional level through their girl-child officers, were educated on their right to education, interpersonal relationship, how to build self esteem, and protect themselves against domestic violence.

At the closing ceremony, the Country Director of ActionAid Ghana, Mrs Adwoa Kwarteng-Kluvitse, said  Action Aid aimed at increasing girl-child education by exposing young girls to the various career opportunities available to them.

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She added that even though many parents allowed their children to attend school, they had little capacity to support their education; hence girls left school early.

To that effect, she appealed to the government to assist poor parents by providing some education support to ensure that every child got an opportunity to attain higher education.

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Mrs Kluvitse called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to push for a change and enhance the effectiveness of the re-entry policy to allow pregnant girls return to school after delivery.

The main objective of promoting girl child education is to achieve women empowerment to solve gender imbalances in society.

The third component of the government’s policy on girl-child education which is documented in the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education Programme (FCUBE) stresses the need for gender equity in enrolment of all children of schoolage and ensuring high retention rate for the girl-child during the period of basic education.

By Ruby Efe Ani-Adjei/Daily Graphic/Ghana