Plan Ghana in collaboration with Ghana Education Service (GES) at the weekend opened an eight-day Girls Camp in Accra for 150 female students from the Akwapim North and East Akyem districts in the Eastern Region.
The Camp, which is being funded from Plan Ghana Girl Power Project, is on the theme: “Building the future through all inclusive education.”
It will train the girls in information and communications technology (ICT), gender studies, adolescent and reproductive health issues.
It aims at increasing and rekindling girls interest and enthusiasm for education by exposing them to various role models who would inspire them to pursue academic excellence and reach for greater heights, and also seeks to improve school retention and completion rates, especially in less endowed communities.
In his keynote address, Mr Asum-Kwarteng Ahensah, Plan Ghana Strategic Programme Support Manager, said though there had been elaborate plans on inclusive education, implementation of these plans had unacceptably lagged behind.
He cited examples of girls bonded under trokosi, and children living in witch camps, who risked being excluded forever unless innovative and targeted interventions were put in place under inclusive education policy formulation and strategies.
He noted that such policies and plans should be backed with adequate budgetary allocation so that they did not remain unimplemented.
“We may observe that in Ghana, training in inclusive education is pursued only at the degree level at the University of Education, Winneba”, he said.
He said it was necessary for government to consider mainstreaming inclusive education curriculum into all colleges of education, where majority of teachers were trained.
This, Mr Ahensah explained, would ensure that teachers at all levels were better equipped to support the inclusive education drive.
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