The Girls Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service has identified parental neglect and pervasive poverty as major challenges militating against girls’ education and retention at school.
Speaking at the launch of a Girls Education Network in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Catherine Nutsugah-Mikado, director in-charge of the Girls’ Education Unit (GEU) at the Ghana Education Service (GES) said there was the need for a paradigm shift in handling girls’ education challenges, hence the establishment of the network to advocate girls welfare and advancement.
The network seeks to advance the cause of girls’ educationwould coordinate the activities of all non-goverrnmental organisations and other donor partners that were working to improve girls’ education in order to achieve the desired targets and objectives.
The director of the Girls’ Education Unit (GEU) the Education Services would issues guidelines to ensure that pregnant girls would not be dismissed from school, enabling them to continue schooling until delivery.She added that the guideline was not intended to increase teenage pregnancy, but to prevent school drop-out, saying “pregnancy is not a disease”.
Calling on parents to undertake their responsibilities, Mrs Nutsugah-Mikadosaid the Unit has undertaken “a lot of sensitisation to stop teenage pregnancy, it kept occurring among young girls.We shall use the Counselling Unit of the GES to psyche them up to understand that getting pregnant is not the end of the world, but also educate them to desist from illicit sex,” she said.
Launching the Girls Education Network, Mrs Cynthia Busumtwi-Sam, the acting deputy director-general of the GES, noted that in as much as the Unit wanted to improve the wellbeing of girls, efforts must be made to support the disadvantaged boys as well. She encouraged the NGOs and all international partners to endeavour to streamline their data collection processes to ensure accuracy and help guide policy decisions.
Local NGOs and international partners including CAMFED West Africa, Discovery Alliance, Department for International Development, United Nations International Children’s Fund, United States Agency for International Development and UNESCO supportthe implementation of the girls education programme.
Source: Ghana News Agency
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