Stakeholders urged to guide youth to successful lives

By Elsie
Appiah-Osei, GNA

Accra, Aug. 03, GNA – The maiden “For Girls Only
(FOGO) Camp” meeting has been held in Accra with a call on parents, teachers
and peer educators to strive to understand and support the youth, especially
girls, for them to become successful adults in national life. 

The Reverend Dr Gina Aba Wood Eshun, the Executive
Director for Christian International Youth Club (CIYC), who gave the advice, on
Thursday, said: “This call has become necessary at this time especially, when
our society is confronted daily with many controversies arising out of the
wrong use of social media by some females who perhaps did not have the
opportunity to be mentored into well groomed successful women”.

She said it was time society helped in addressing
such problems with FOGO being the pace setters, 
adding that:“It has become important to organise activities such as this
camp to inculcate the right and proper standards in teenage girls who from this
camp will go and champion this cause in their schools and communities”.  

Rev Wood Eshun explained that FOGO sought to be an
annual event aimed at mentoring and guiding teen girls to prepare for adulthood
because it was time stakeholders, parents, teachers and peer educators
collaborated to help children to be responsible for the future.

 FOGO would,
therefore, present participants the opportunity to meet adult females who had
successfully gone through their youth to become achievers and role models to
motivate participants to understand themselves.

Addressing some of the challenges confronting the
youth today,  Rev Wood Eshun
condemned  the excessive profanity in the
mass and social media..

She quoted Ecclesiastes 12:1: “Remember your
creator in the day of your youth before the evil days come or years draw near
when you will say I have no pleasure in them”, to advise them.

She ,therefore, urged them to use the verse as
their guiding principle in life.

Mrs Yaa Amekudzi, the Country Lead of Mondelez
International Cocoa Life, speaking on the topic:  “What Story Girls Want to Write for
Themselves”, urged the girls to make the right choices under the guidance of
their parents, teachers, peer educators 
and other stakeholders

To become achievers. 

“Parents, teachers and peer educators can do
everything for you but girls, you have to resolve to do everything for
yourselves to be change makers in society,” she advised.  

Rev Ernest Ekow Ackins, a Pastor with the
Assemblies of God Church, Love Community, said the programme was timely
especially when it would groom the youth for a brighter future.

He said a good foundation for life was much
paramount in the lives of every individual and grooming the youth at an early
stage would help correct and draw them closer to God.

Speaking on the topic: “Having a Good Relationship
with Parents”, Mrs Carmen Yink Fredua, the Founder of Deborah Oasis World
Outreach, said the absence of parental care in the upbringing of most children
hindered their development, therefore, the Camp was essential to guide them.


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