The United Kingdom’s Secretary for International Development Mr. Andrew Mitchell on Tuesday visited the Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre of the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) at West Mamprusi.
Mr Mitchell urged the youth, particularly females to empower themselves through education and advised them to devote much of their youthful years in educating themselves and finding careers instead of getting pregnant and falling into early marriages, stressing that, taking the path of education would make them develop and progress in life well.
The visit afforded the UKs Minister the opportunity to interact with the young ladies who were being supported by CAMFED to develop themselves. CAMFED is a UK funded NGO operating in some countries in Africa and in Ghana operates in four regions in 26 districts within the country.
The Walewale ICT facility set up by the NGO in collaboration with Google is the third of its kind in the region and has provided for the youth the opportunity to develop themselves in research and learning, which forms part of other numerous interventions being made to enhance female empowerment through education.
Mr. Mitchell said CAMFED’s projects marks the symbol of UK’s assistance to girl’s education in Ghana and urged them to aspire higher through education and ICT, which is a new innovation across the globe.
Madam Dolores Dickson, the Executive Director of CAMFED-Ghana said her outfit’s programmes provides opportunities for girls from needy homes and vulnerable children to be educated and young women to become self-sufficient and with the power to make choices through higher education, skills training and entrepreneurship.
She said the Department for International Development (DFID) is providing 12 million pounds in funding CAMFED’s projects over the next five years to improve the quality of education in rural communities and provide bursaries to over 20,000 High School girls from poor homes.
Madam Dickson said the ICT centres were established and designed to make ICT facilities accessible to young women and school children to create employment opportunities and skills development for young people.
She observed that Ghana has made progress at achieving the MDGs, noting that despite girls and women being the most vulnerable victims of poverty and early dropouts as well as having poor employment opportunities and social marginalization. GNA