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Voice in Community Empowerment (VOiCE), in collaboration with Millenium Cities Initiatives (MCI), on Saturday organised a forum on Girl Child Education for girls in the Mamobi and Nima communities.

The forum was to sensitize and encourage young girls to take their education seriously and use the knowledge acquired to develop their communities.

It was under the theme: ?Girl Child Education for Community Development?.

Ms Khadijah Abdul-Somed, a student of the University of Ghana, said there was the need for young girls in Muslim communities to take their education seriously in order to face the challenges confronting their various communities.

She said education is the bedrock of every country?s social, infrastructural and economic development and that it was important for parents to send their children to school, especially the girl child.

?If you educate a girl, you have educated a whole nation and if you educate a boy, you have educated an individual,? she said.

Ms Abdul-Somed asked the participants to take their Islamic and Religious education seriously to serve as a guide in all their endeavours.

She said seeking knowledge was obligatory on every Muslim as described in the Holy Quran by Prophet Mohammed and that one of the major challenges in the Muslim communities was financing of education.

She urged the girls to seek knowledge and build on their talents to enable them to grab opportunities to better their lot.

Ms Sumaya Issah, a Student Nurse at the 37 Military Hospital, said sanitation was a major hindrance in the development of most communities, especially the Muslim dominated ones.

She said this must be tackled in a holistic manner to ensure a clean and healthy environment and promote sound teaching and learning.

Mr Alhassan Abdul-Rashid, a Local Consultant to MCI, said the Initiative saw girl-child education as an important issue and would partner the VOiCE to promote education, health and security in the two communities.

He said the two organisations had planned many programmes for the communities including health screening exercises, distribution of litter bins and a monthly clean-up exercise to start early next year.

Source: GNA

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