Tamale, March 24, GNA – The first batch of young needy urban girls, aged between 15 and 24 years, in the Tamale Metropolis have received a days training on reproductive health and other essential basic needs to shape them to develop into responsible women in society.
They were also trained on their roles in society and water and sanitation under the Young Urban Girls initiative by the Northern Sector Action on Awareness Center (NORSAAC), Tamale NGO.
The initiative being implemented in two locations, Accra and Tamale, also seeks to unearth economic talents, expose beneficiaries to their rights and responsibilities, available job opportunities, reduce the menace of head porters or “Kayaye” and to groom the young women to be able to contribute to the nations economic growth.
Ms Hamdellah Issa, a participant observed during the training held in Tamale at the weekend that the non-existence of certain facilities such as schools, markets, potable water and poor road network impeded the growth and development of young girls.
She said most community members were ignorant and failed to demand for such basic facilities from the government.
Until today most of us did not know that it was our constitutional right to have access to free education. Most of us had to drop out of school because after primary education we could not cope with walking long distances to continue with Junior High School in another community, she explained.
Some other participants at the training observed that they had a role to play to help reduce poverty in their various communities.
Ms Kawusada Abubakari, Project Coordinator said as part of the project an ultra-modern training center was being built in Tuuntigli near Tamale for continuous training of young girls.
She said the facility, which was being sponsored by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), would have a library hall, a counseling center, a playing ground and a computer laboratory.
Ms Abubakari said the initiative was prompted by a study conducted in 2012 by Action Aid Ghana, a British NGO, which revealed that due to constraints in accessing paid work among the Bulpela population in the Tamale Metropolis, many young girls from that community and its surroundings migrate to south to engage in head porting and dish washing.
She said the survey, which made use of focus group discussions revealed that head porters returned from the southern cities with bleached skin, more trendy clothing and savings, creating an incentive for other girls in the community to follow in search of similar benefits.
Ms Abubakari noted that there were many barriers to employment, particularly for young women, which acted as a disincentive for adolescent girls to continue their education.
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