Support the girl child to discover her potential

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    Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

    Kumasi, Oct 13, GNA – Mrs. Vida Owusu, Girl
    Child Coordinator of Kumasi Metropolitan Education Office, has underscored the
    need for everyone to join in the advocacy to support and empower the girl child
     discover their potentials.

    This, she said, was vital to churning out
    responsible mothers and women leaders in our societies.

    Girls played pivotal roles in the development
    of every home, workplace and almost every social gathering, adding that, “with
    the girl child, we have a nation”.

    Mrs. Owusu was speaking at the 2018
    International Day of the Girl Child organized by the Defence for Children
    International Ghana (DCI) in Kumasi.

    This year’s celebration was held under theme
    “With her: a skilled force”.

    She expressed optimism that with increased
    advocacy, the abuses girls faced in their homes, schools and communities would
    cease.

    She asked that more was done to inspire them
    to be innovative, to take charge of their own future.

    Mr. Stephen Darfour, Ashanti Regional Director
    for the Department of Children, advised girls to take their education serious
    and resist early marriages.

    He said over two million girls around the
    globe were forced into early marriages as at the end of 2017.

    Mr. Darfour pleaded with parents to open up to
    their children so that they could report cases of abuse to them.

    Nana Akomanyi Essandoh V, the President
    DCI-Ghana, pledged to continue to champion the cause of children, urging girls
    to develop self-esteem to avoid being lured into indecent acts.

    He used the platform to counsel parents to
    report abuse cases to the police and to refuse to accept home settlement in
    case their daughters were abused.

    GNA

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