Tamale, April 30, GNA - The Centre for Active Learning and International Development (CALID), has trained selected youth from 26 communities in Tamale and Sagnarigu District, on the rights of girls and social accountability.
The training formed part of CALIDs Action on Child Rights in Education(ACRE), which seeks to create awareness amongst community members on rights of girls, especially in school environment.
It is also aimed at equipping the youth with skills and tools such as citizen report cards, to enable them to track public expenditure, regarding on going development projects in their communities.
Mr Sumani Mohammed Awal, Programmes Director of CALID, who briefed the Ghana News Agency at the end of the two-day training in Tamale, said ACRE came about as a result of the hostile school environment in which girls found themselves, in terms of physical, emotional and sexual harassment.
Mr Awal said such environment was discouraging many girls from going to school, adding, Therefore knowledge about girls rights will enable the youth in the communities to promote the welfare of girls in schools which will increase girls enrollment in schools. He said This will make the girls have confidence in the youth knowing that they (girls) are protected.
He said the youth in social accountability aims to create awareness amongst the youth to be interested indevelopment projects taking place in their communities in terms of the cost of the projects and their implementation status.
He said this represents civic responsibility for which the youth should be actively involved in the planning and implementation of projects in their communities to ensure success.GNA