Dambai (V/R), Sept 10, GNA – Mr Patrick Charty
Jilima, Krachi East Municipal Chief Executive, says the Assembly will soon
initiate programmes to sensitise parents, opinion leaders and communities on
the importance of girl- education.
He said this would help reduce the incidence
of child marriage, teenage pregnancy and school dropouts from 37.3 per cent in
2016 to 15 per cent by the end of 2018.
Mr Jilima said this at the 2018 edition of
Girls Vacation Camp at Dambai in the Krachi East Municipality.
The Camp is an initiative organised by the
Ghana Education Service (GES), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) under the Better Life for Girls
The five-day event, which registered 180 girls
within 36 schools in Krachi East, was held under the theme: “Improving Girls’
Completion of Junior High School; The Role of Girls”.
The objectives of the Camp include, addressing
the challenges associated with retention of girls in school and to appreciate
the importance of continuing their education to the highest possible level.
Activities include organising tutorials in
basic science, mathematics and English using participatory approaches, exposing
the girls on hands-on skills that would be valuable in the future and
organizing role model interaction and forum to enable girls learn and share
Mr Jilima said it is an undeniable fact that
sometimes women in high positions do better than males, however, it was very
unfortunate that in the face of abundant civilization, our society still made
females feel less important compared to males.
He said the fight against this social canker
could only be eliminated when gender is strengthened to be at the same level of
the educational ladder.
Mr Jilima said the effects of negative
practices such as child marriage, child-prostitution, girl-child-labour, female
genital mutilation and many others, constitute the barriers that inhibit the
progress of these young girls.
He said considering the moral decadence of
society today, the Girls Camp initiative was a step in the right direction since
it aims at protecting and educating the girls against teenage pregnancy and
sexually transmitted diseases.
Mr Jilima, who commended the GES, UNICEF and
KOICA for having Krachi East at heart and selecting Dambai as one of the
centres for this year’s Girls’ Camp, also tasked the girls to take full
advantage of the opportunity to learn something new and as well aspire for
Madam Lucy Yaa Mansa Opoku, the Krachi East
Municipal Girls’ Education Officer, said research has shown that the girls
usually start well from kindergarten but getting to primary and Junior High
School (JHS), they drop out due to pregnancy.
She said research also indicates that the
cause of this pregnancy was from the parents and secondly the children
themselves with much emphasis on peer pressure, adding that “another major
challenge has been renting of houses for the girls from outside the Dambai
Madam Opoku said these girls come to stay on
their own without any supervision and live their lives unchecked.
She said some parents even after renting for
them fail to send them foodstuffs and when the children are handicapped they go
into sexual activities hence the rise in teenage pregnancies.
Madam Opoku said through the support from
OXFAM, the Municipal Assembly, the Member of Parliament for Krachi East and
other stakeholders; starting from this academic year, there would be a model
school for JHS students especially those from outside the Dambai town.
She said this would cater for them and with an
objective of helping them to complete JHS, adding that “they will be in the
school, learn and when is time for holidays they go to their parents”.
Madam Opoku said there is the need for parents
and the Municipality to support them get children in school to help curb
teenage pregnancy in the area.