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GNAT rallies support for female teachers in deprived communities

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, July 22,
GNA – The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has appealed to the
Government to institute a special educational package for female teachers in
deprived communities to enable them to constantly upgrade themselves.

It also called on
corporate institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society
Organisations and all relevant stakeholders to support teachers, especially
females, to address felt needs and challenges impeding girl-child education in
deprived communities.

The challenges facing
female teachers in deprived communities, the GNAT noted, did not allow them to
seek further professional knowledge and skills which were the most important
tools for enhancing quality education.

Madam Helena Awurusah,
the GNAT National Co-ordinator for Gender, made the appeal at the end of a
three-day gender in service training for some selected teachers in the Central
Region on Friday.

It was organised by
GNAT with support from the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF), under its
special gender project dubbed; “Gender-Nkabom”.

The training was to
equip the teachers with the needed lobbying skills and how to draw action plans
to become project focal persons for their respective communities.

The participants were
selected from six basic schools designated as “Nkabom” deprived schools in the
Region.

Madam Awurusah alleged
that female teachers in deprived communities were constantly being harassed
sexually by community members, unable to access further studies, healthcare and
faced serious marital problems.

She said one objective
of the “Nkabom Project” was to encourage female teachers to accept postings to
rural areas to serve as role models for girls in basic schools.

She said the project
started three years ago and aimed at mobilising local resources to create the
right environment for effective academic work in schools in deprived
communities.

Mr David Ofori
Acheampong, the National Secretary of GNAT, said empowering women was one of
the priorities of GNAT and called on female teachers to avail themselves for
leadership training.

He said providing
quality education was not the sole responsibility of teachers but a
collaborative effort from all stakeholders including the Government and the
communities where the schools were located.

Through the GNAT/CTF
collaboration, many teachers had been awarded scholarships to upgrade their
professional skills and commended the CTF for its continued support, he said.

Mr Acheampong called
on the participants to share their experiences with their colleagues and
community leaders to transform the society.

Mr William Abedi
Boadu, the Regional Secretary of GNAT, called on the Ghana Education Service to
support the GNAT Nkabom Project to help give teachers the needed motivation to
teach in rural communities.

Mrs Carla Peterson, a
member of the CTF and the facilitator, described the Project as “very
significant” in creating educational opportunities for girl-children in the
project communities.

She expressed
satisfaction about the readiness of the participants to act as agents of change
to enhance girl-child education in their respective localities.

GNA

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