The First Lady, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills, has been decorated with a doctorate degree award for devoting her life to enhancing girl child education in Ghana.
The award was conferred on her by Goodwin College in Connecticut, in the United States of America.
She was honoured with a doctorate degree in humanity. The award was in recognition of her contribution to women empowerment in Ghana. It was also for a role in improving access to quality of education she has provided to the underprivileged children.
She was also celebrated for initiating a project, ‘Foundation for Child Education, Ghana’, as a way of influencing policy makers to ensure every child in Ghana was educated.
A press release issued by the Office of the President yesterday to the Information Services Department (ISD) said, Dr Naadu Mills was given the recognition at the college’s graduation ceremony for 2011.
In response, the First Lady underscored the importance of Governments investing in girl child education as a major move to reducing poverty across the globe. She said, women across the world have and continue to play pivotal roles in the development of their communities through their selflessness and dedication.
Dr Mrs Mills further emphasised that, countries that focus on improving the quality of education for the girl child stand to benefit economically and called for a concerted effort at ensuring that, priority is given to girls who compete with their male counterpart for education.
The first lady, Dr Mrs Mills used the occasion to call on Governments and societies that still discriminate against the girl child to eliminate such acts.
She made particular reference to socio-cultural practices that tend to hinder the progress of girl child education which she advocated strongly for a reform to allow them develop their potential to the fullest.
The first lady was grateful to Ghanaians, particularly, the President John Evans Atta Mills for supporting her in all her endeavours.