Over 80% adults in Sissala West are illiterates

Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Gwollu, Aug. 01, GNA – Mr. Mohammed Bakor,
Sissala West District Chief Executive (DCE) has expressed concern that over 80
per cent of adults in the district are illiterates according to data by the
USAID Monitoring Evaluation and Technical Support Services (USAID-METSS).

He said it was not surprising that the
District was also the poorest among the 11 districts in the Upper West Region
as there was a direct relationship between education and poverty.

Mr. Bakor expressed this concern during the
“Let Girls Learn; End Child Marriage Campaign” launched in Gwollu, by Community
Development Alliance (CDA-Ghana) with funding from STAR Ghana, under the Gender
and Social Inclusion programme window.

The DCE noted that before the situation could
be changed, there was the need for parents to prioritise their children’s
education over any other thing and also make sacrifices to ensure that all
their children especially girls went to school and stay till completion.

He said for him, educating the girl child was
more beneficial because successful girls arguably took better care of their
parents than the boys, because of the herculean task the boy child have in
building his own family.

Mr. Bakor lamented over issues of child
marriage in the District and appealed to community leaders to enact laws to
punish perpetrators to serve as deterrent to others in order to help end child
marriage in the District.

Mr. Salifu Issifu Kanton, the Executive
Director of CDA, said the high illiteracy rate in the Region, with women
constituting the larger number, was the major reason why the Region had been
tagged as the poorest in the country.

He said the provision of educational
infrastructure would be useless, if girls would not be allowed to go to school
and stay to complete successfully, against child marriage.

Madam Cecelia Kakariba, the Sissala West
District Director of Health, disclosed that the district had no good record in
the area of adolescent (14 – 19 years) pregnancies.

She said usually when they go for community
sensitization on adolescent pregnancies; men often put the blame on the women
for not bringing up the girls well, adding that until men accepted that they
had a responsibility towards the upbringing of their children, adolescent
pregnancies would continue to persist.

Madam Kakariba noted that adolescent
pregnancies were contributing significantly to maternal mortality in the
District and the Region at large, as some girls often had their uterus ruptured
during delivery, because they are not matured enough to carry pregnancy.

The overall goal of the project was to end the
practice of child marriage, while enabling girls to pursue their educational
and vocational aspirations.

It will directly benefit 10 communities in the
district namely Wasai, Duwie, Kuntulo, Du-West, Nyentie, Bullu, Kankaduali,
Tiiwi, Desima and Timmie.


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