Female teacher trainees in the Northern Region want more recognition for their role in socio-economic development of the country.

They are also calling for more attention to be paid to the female teacher to boost efforts at clearing public perception and negative misconceptions and ill feelings about sexuality.

Ms Iddrisu Hamdia, Women?s Commissioner of the Tamale College of Education made the call at the annual women empowerment programme in Tamale at the weekend.

The celebration, which was supported by the Northern Sector Action Centre for Awareness Creation (NORSAAC), brought stakeholders working in the area of gender quality to discuss how to empower female teachers to adequately educate students on sexuality.

It was on the theme: ?Preparing the Vulnerable mind for adequate future responsibility; the role of the Female Teacher Trainee.?

Ms Hamdia attributed the slow pace of progress in uplifting women to be at the centre stage of sexual education to the failure to appreciate the role female teachers played, and that the female teacher was an influential figure in her school, home and community.

She said the female teacher understood female sexuality and could better introduce it to young girls at a very early stage to ensure that they grew up with responsible attitudes on sexuality.

Mr Tiah Abdul-Kabiru Mahama, Education and Advocacy Officer for NORSAAC, expressed concern about the spate of teenage pregnancies in the country, saying that those pregnancies came about mostly due to ignorance and misconceptions about sexuality.

He described the role of the female teacher as profound and unmatched, and that female teachers when empowered, could be a model of change by providing guidance and counseling for other females on socio-economic, political and cultural issues. GNA

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