The Ghana Education Service (GES), in collaboration with World Vision, organised a vacation camp for about 300 girls at Begoro in the Fanteakwa District in the Eastern Region.
The girls, who were selected from 15 communities in the Fanteakwa District, were between 10 and 18 years.
The programme was to empower the girls to focus on their studies in order to become responsible women in future and also to create awareness of girl-child education in the area.
The camp has been an annual event for the pupils and students in the area for the past nine years; however, this year, the focus was on the girl-child.
The Officer in-charge of Girl-Child Education at the Fanteakwa District Education Directorate, Madam Rose Amoa-Oduro, said the girls spent five days at the camp and were taken through menstrual health, hygiene, digital literacy, living in harmony with others, teamwork, craft making, physical changes in girls and setting and achieving goals as girls.
“They also had games to exercise their bodies,” she said, adding that with the government's policy of the Free Senior High School (SHS) about to take off, there was the need to prepare the girls to compete favourably with their male counterparts, indicating that that would help the girls aim high and become responsible women in future.
One of the teachers in the district, Madam Evelyn Akpene Leh, who took the girls through physical education said it was to inculcate in the girls the need to exercise regularly and also to keep fit.
The Education Technical Programme Manager of World Vision, Mr Andrews Ofosu-Denkyi, said the girls were trained to become more confident to face the future.
He mentioned that similar programmes had been held at Afram Plains, Kintampo, Kadjebi and Nkwanta.
Mr Ofosu-Denkyi added that the girls were also taken through reading skills, which was one of the flagship programmes of World Vision.
He said the programme, which would be held annually, was aimed at eliminating early marriages and teenage pregnancy.