Lordina Mahama calls on investors to partner government to improve education for girls
Ghana’s First Lady Lordina Mahama has implored investors to partner the government in improving education for the girl child in Ghana.
According to her, despite the proven benefits of women’s education, girls in Ghana and for that matter Africa, face enormous challenges such as enrolment, poverty, accessibility, early marriage and pregnancy in acquiring quality education.
“I will therefore appeal to the corporate world to join hands with government to make more resources available as part of their social responsibility for the education and the empowerment of women,” the First Lady said while addressing the Bush Institute’s 2014 African First Ladies Summit in Washington.
For decades, the challenge of providing equitable access to and quality education for the girl child still confronts countries in Sub-Saharan Africa including Ghana.
This has resulted in the under representation of the needs and concerns of women and girls in socio-economic and political development processes of the country which is against the background that females constitute about 51% of the total population of Ghana.
Among the challenges hampering the growth of the girl child education include forced marriages, constraining obligations in the home and physical, psychological as well as sexual assault.
In view of this, the First Lady who has been lately engaged in a series of philanthropic works and an exponent of women empowerment, has disclosed plans that her foundation, the Lordina Mahama Foundation, a Non-Government Charitable Organization, is working assiduously in securing funds for aiding the girl child education in a number of ways.
“In line with the government’s policy of providing quality education for the children in Ghana, my foundation is working to secure funding for the construction of dining halls , kitchens and teacher motivation programmes for the deprived communities across the country, “Mrs. Mahama revealed.
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