Some of the pupils pose behind the guest

Some of the pupils pose behind the guest.

Insight Foundation Ghana (IFG), a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) operating in Accra has held a brief ceremony at the forecourt of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Accra to launch its second essay writing competition for girls dubbed ?Model Girls Essay Competition?.

The Programmes Director of IFG, Samuel Sackey said the competition was an annual event targeted at creating a platform for girls to add value to their lives through educational interventions as well as showing creativity in their writing skills and abilities.

The Programmes Manager further said the model essay competition was also an annual event held to commemorate the ideals of United Nations (UN) International Women?s Day celebration which was held early this month.

Mr Sackey added that the competition ?is opened to girls in basic schools and those who fall within the age bracket of 10-14 and whose schools have registered for IFG programmes.?

He said contestants would be expected to write an essay on the topic: ?What Are Some The Innovative Ways of Improving Gender Equality In Ghana? at a common centre to be announced by the organisers.

The Chief Director at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Christiana Gockel said gender equality would only be achieved when women and men enjoyed the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making.

The Chief Director reiterated that women?s empowerment was closely linked to improving the overall quality of life not only for women, but for all people.

The United Nations Information Officer (UNIC), Mrs Cynthia Prah who read the UN Secretary General?s speech marking International Women?s Day Celebration said, ?UNIC carries out programmes to encourage various youth groups to be part of global discussions and action plans.?

She stressed that countries with more gender equality have better economic growth.

The Executive Director of the Ghana Book Trust (GBT), Ms Genevieve Eba-Polley expressed worry about the growing rate of indiscipline among the youth and called for public intervention to help restore sanity into the society.

She urged the children not to allow themselves to be swayed away by the peers into any negative attitude but to build their lives to merit society?s expectations.

By Solomon Ofori

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