Stakeholders in the education sector have been urged to work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on girl-child education by 2015.
The Acting District Director of Health for Jomoro, Madam Charlotte Danquah, made the call at a durbar to mark this year’s Girl-Child Education Week held at Half-Assini in the Western Region.
She explained that the MDGs Two and Three outlined the need for universal primary education, promotion of gender equality and women empowerment.
Madam Danquah described the theme for the occasion, “Quality Education, a Tool for National Development” as most appropriate and timely.
She said there was the need for various stakeholders in the District to make efforts towards the attainment of the goal by improving access to quality education for the girl-child.
In her welcome address, Madam Comfort Ntony, the Acting Director of Education for Jomoro District, entreated girls in the area to take their education seriously and urged them to use the time at their disposal profitably.
According to her, out of the 21 scholarships reserved for girls in the district by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), only 11 girls qualified this year, saying the remaining10 had been given to boys.
Awulae Ndah-Bozomah II, Queenmother of the Western Nzema Traditional Area, expressed concern about the absence of most parents at the ceremony, since the programme sought to educate them on the importance of their children’s education.
The Queenmother advised girls in the area to take their studies seriously in order to reciprocate the huge investment made in them by their parents.
Mrs. Freda Adams, Head Pastor of the Assemblies of God Church at Half-Assini and an educationist, said gone were the days when the place for the girl-child was confined to the kitchen.
She said for every success story there was the need for discipline, and attributed the recent poor academic performance of girls in the area to indiscipline.
She urged parents, therefore, to keep an eagle-eye on their wards. GNA