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22 June 2016

Young girls urged to develop competitive skills

girl1Cape Coast, June 22, GNA – Mrs Bridget Baaba Nzima-Mensah, Central Regional Guidance and Counseling Coordinator of the Ghana Education Service, (GES) has urged adolescent girls to concentrate on their education to develop the requisite skills and abilities that would empower them to have successful careers.

 

She said it would be helpful for them to be purposeful, assertive and be able to make informed decisions to guide them in their chosen careers.

Mrs. Nzima-Mensah was speaking at the opening of a two-day mentorship forum for Girl Child Education Officers and adolescent girls on “Social and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)”, Teenage Pregnancy, and the Rights of Girls in Cape Coast.

girl successful careers.The forum, organised by the Department of Gender and the GES, with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), would create the platform for 100 young girls from 10 selected schools in the Abura Asebu Kwamankese (AAK) and Ajumako Enyan Esiam (AEE) Districts to discuss the topical issues.

It is aimed at strengthening the capacity of girls-education coordinators to be able to respond appropriately to issues of early marriage, teenage pregnancy and SGBV that may come to their attention.

The forum is expected to build the confidence of the adolescent girls to believe in themselves and have future aspirations to become peer educators and advocates in their respective schools and communities.

Their efforts would contribute towards reducing teenage pregnancy in their areas.

Mrs. Nzima-Mensah reminded the girls that an educated and empowered woman could play a positive role to facilitate national development and urged them to have a vision, protect it and pursue their dreams as they remained focused and discipline.

She urged them to be assertive and express their worries, while they reported incidents of inappropriate behavior towards them by men to higher authorities to ensure their protection as well as the sanctioning of the culprits.

She called on stakeholders whose activities were directly related to the reproductive health of adolescent girls to constantly organise programmes to groom young girls and make them realise their important roles to the nation.

The Acting Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Mrs. Thywill Eyra Kpe, said the Department of Gender found it important to invest in educating young girls on teenage pregnancy and SGBV to help them understand the consequences and protect themselves.

She said it was the objective of her Department to put in place interventions that would help raise a new generation of girls who would take their education and personal development very seriously such that they could take their rightful leadership positions in the decision making process

Mrs Kpe said though the Central Region had for the past three years been consistently ranked second in teenage pregnancy, it was being reduced gradually due to the strategies put in place.

She said teenage pregnancy prevalence had reduced from 15 per cent in 2013 to 14.4 per cent in 2015.

However, the prevalence rate in the two selected districts were still high, she said, hence the decision to select them for the programme.

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