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CAMFED celebrates female SHS leavers

BY: Samuel Duodu
Ms Rashida Iddisah
Ms Rashida Iddisah

The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) has held its annual school leavers graduation and induction ceremony for ladies who just completed Senior High School (SHS).

The ceremony took place in the Tamale metropolis.

The annual ceremony is aimed at celebrating all young women who have been supported upon successful completion of their SHS education.

The event also marked the induction of the SHS leavers into the (CAMFED ALUMNI) known as the CAMA network as they transition from being bursary beneficiaries to becoming CAMA members.

The Programmes Manager for CAMFED, Ms Rashida Iddisah, said CAMFED provided the necessary support to girls and young women in and outside schools in their quest to become leaders and to reinvest the benefits of their education to improve the educational, economic and health status of their communities.

She said the objective of the district level celebration was to create a huge presence of CAMA and its activities in the district and also to forge a stronger bond between older CAMA members and the inductees.

“The event also aims at helping to rejuvenate the CAMA network and also attract dormant members to engage themselves with the network,” she added.

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She said the network was committed to supporting one another to succeed in all fields of life and create a platform where young women and girls could lead and have a unified voice.

Ms Iddisah added that CAMA GHANA currently had over 27,000 members and this year, a total of 5,747 SHS leavers from their operational regions would be inducted into the network.

She urged the inductees to take advantage of the opportunities out there as they aimed to move higher in their educational level and also serve as role models to other young ladies who were out of school.

She appealed to the inductees to stay away from bad practices and peer pressure, drugs abuse, teenage pregnancy and unhealthy behaviours which could be a militating factor against their progress and academic progress.

Inductees

An inductee, Ms Florence Adam said the programme had helped sharpen their ability to speak publicly and also helped build their confidence.

She said she was poised to go back and make a change in her community and to be able to transfer her acquired knowledge to young ladies in her community.

She added that the programme had taught them to be entrepreneurs and to cater for themselves because most ladies who completed senior high school were mostly given out in marriage, got pregnant or indulged in bad attitudes.

Ms Mutawakil Husna, another beneficiary inductee said the programme taught them entrepreneurship, job opportunities and employment which served as the three basic paths for young people.

She said with the acquired knowledge, they would make positive changes in their respective communities by ensuring that menaces such as teenage pregnancy and drug abuse were drastically reduced.

She urged all young women to take advantage of the opportunity presented by CAMFED so that they could achieve their aim in life.


Ms Rashida Iddisah