B/R TRANSFORMING WOMEN’S LIVES BY IMPROVING GIRLS’ EDUCATION

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NGO Action Aid has set up a project to support students who have given birth and want to go back to school. The organisation in Tain District distributed uniforms, bags, books and many more to these student to enable them to go back to school. Up to now, 30 females have been supported and are currently attending school after an initial dropout.

The program officer of Action Aid in the Tain District in the Bono Region Mr Kwame Afram has called on all young females in the district to take their education seriously. He added that due to poverty and other uncomfortable reasons, young girls child normally engage themselves in adult games which normally results in school dropout through pregnancy. Therefore, Action Aid in cooperation with the Ghana Education Service, parents and other stakeholders have joined forces to help promote girl child education in the district.

Promoting girl child education

ActionAid is an NGO working to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. According to the program officer, the NGO has ratified 50 ladies in the district, of which 30 have agreed to go back to school, 13 are in hairdressing and the remaining 7 in tailoring. Action aid has also introduced a project called Combating violence in girls in school to help promote girl child education in the area. The project started in April 2018 and ends in March 2019, thus a one year project. This project targeted 30 schools in the District.

Underrepresenation in Africa

Educating women is very important for not just Ghana, but every country; especially the developing ones where women are often underrepresented in education figures of secondary and tertiary education.

Impact on life issues

Educating girls contributes to less poverty, gender equality, justice and better health. Yes, challenges of girl child education in Ghana are persistent and are to be categorized in school-related and socio-cultural issues. So what is preventing girls to attend school exactly? These are factors such as the distance to school, the costs of education, violence at school and early marriage pregnancy. Thus, Action Aid is striving for better lives of young females and women in general with its projects.

This story is written by Akokoraba Oduro, a journalist in the Bono region. The reason why he writes this story is to educate young females about the importance of education. Since this is a website for local news and community development in the rural areas of Ghana, it fits the scope of communitywatchdoggh.com. Young female dropouts occur often in the remoter areas. Photo by: Natasha StannardReleased | VIRIN: 120314-F-GX122-6792.JPG.

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