School-based girl-child officers attend school at Apam

Apam (C/R), Jan. 30, GNA – A two-day training workshop for school-based girl-child officers in Gomoa West District has been held at Apam.

The workshop was sponsored by the Danish Fund for International Development (DFID) in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and it was to equip the officers with knowledge and skills to handle challenges facing education of the girl-child.

It was the third workshop organized by the Gomoa West District Directorate of Education in two weeks.

Addressing the workshop Ms Augusta Akyaa Sarpong, the Gomoa West District Director of Education, urged the participants to see their roles as important in retention of girls in schools to complete their education.

Ms Sarpong said sex education that had become a taboo in the home and even in schools was encouraging teenage pregnancy and urged the participants to help turn the tide.

She said because girls were in a dilemma as to where to get information as to sexuality, they often sought information from their peers as they could not get such information from the parents or from their teachers.

Ms Sarpong said peer influence often led to pregnancy and abortion.

She said during the 2011 Basic Education Certificate Examination it was detected that as much as eight girls were pregnant in the district and said that did not augur well for girls’ education and securing a better future for them.

Mr John Amoah District Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), said out of the 56 cases brought to CHRAJ in 2011 30 were about child maintenance.

He urged parents, especially fathers, to live up to their responsibilities to the children they brought to the world and appealed to Ghanaians to respect the rights of children and stop abusing them.

Miss Alberta Bruce, the District Girl-Child Coordinator, advised the participants to ensure that a girl who dropped out of school because of pregnancy was accepted back to school after delivery.

Dr Yaw Ofori Yeboah, the District Director of Health, took the participants through Adolescent Reproductive Health and urged the officers to caution the pupils against using poisonous chemicals or herbal concoctions in terminating pregnancy since they could destroy their reproductive system.

The Gomoa District Directorate of Education has organized a workshop for 100 teachers on Guidance and Counseling to enable them to assist students in selecting courses.

Ninety newly trained teachers posted to the district were also given a two-day orientation course.

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