A total of 415 girls from poor homes at the Junior Secondary School (JHS) and Senior Secondary School levels in the Central Region are benefitting from an educational package by the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), an NGO.
The initial target of 450 girls, 30 from each selected school could not be attained as in some cases only two girls are enrolled in a class.
Three districts namely, Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) , Gomoa West and Mfantsiman are the beneficiary districts in the Central Region.
At a ceremony to distribute school bags, stationary, footwear and school uniforms to some of the girls at Abakrampa and Asebu in the AAK over the weekend, the Manager of CAMFED, Madam Olga Teye-Topey observed that greater percentage of girls in Africa and Ghana do not pursue higher education.
She charged parents not to overburden girls with household chores but ensure that they attend school regularly, learn after close of school and stay away from social functions that could impede their progress and urged the girls to aspire to attain higher education.
Madam Teye-Topey expressed concern about the wrongful use of mobile phones and the internet by students, which was distracting their studies and urged all to concentrate on achieving good results for a better future.
She said her office works in consultation with the District Education Committees and the Ghana Education Service, all with the aim of assisting girls from needy homes to realize their dreams and that “after JHS or SHS if the girls want to learn a trade, CAMFED would assist them”.
The AAK District Director of Education, Mrs. Grace Adu Appiah observed that many girls in the area are out of school, not only because their parents are poor, but also out of ignorance, and urged parents to be friends with their daughters and also counsel them.
She said most of the children in the area go to school hungry, due to abject poverty and that the roads leading to some of the schools were in a deplorable state, thus becoming a hindrance and called on the District Assembly to fix it.
The AAK Girl Child Coordinator, Mrs. Lydia Bentil recounted efforts she had been making to get more girls into the classroom by sensitizing mothers in the area to make the education of their daughters a priority.
0 She said even though her effort is being rewarded with an increase, the district was yet to see the impact, as the pace of girls’ enrolment was slow and hoped it will pick up soon.
At the ceremony was Nana Kwesi Anka VIII, Tufuhen of the Abura Traditional Area, who appealed to government to repair the only bridge at Abakrampa, which is in a deplorable state, affecting school attendance. GNA