Ve-Agbome (V/R), Aug. 31, GNA - Ms Belinda Tutu, a 25-year- old mother of four now a Junior High School (JHS) student of Royal Academy, Wusuta, in the North Dayi District is advocating more summer camps for students.
She therefore called on stakeholders in education to brainstorm on the long vacations summer camps to expose students to the realities of life including the career paths ahead of them.
She suggested that the district assemblies, directorates of education and youth development-led non-governmental organisations should lead the crusade, aimed at equipping students with game-changing values towards nation building.
Ms Tutu who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at Ve-Agbome in the Afadzato South District, where about 3,000 JHS students attended summer camp organised by Nneka Youth Foundation (NYF) and partners said experiences are practical, in depth and with greater tendency to shape students to aspire to higher heights.
Participants within the age bracket of 12-16 in JHSs are grouped into zones across five districts, namely Hohoe, Kpando, Afadzato South, North and South Dayi in the Volta Region.
The annual summer camp is expected to impact values and life-changing ideals in career opportunities, topical and social issues to guide them in making fruitful decisions for their progress.
She urged teenage girls not to consent to the ‘Sweet talks” of the opposite peers and avoid engaging them in secluded areas or become trapped by sex and dropping out of school eventually.
Narrating her exposé she said she dropped out of school resulting from pregnancy and went into assisting her mother tend her farm but the reality of insecurity soon compelled her to come back to school.
Ms Tutu said the summer camp has sharpened her ambition of becoming a nurse in the future insisting that such events should be replicated in all districts, municipal and metropolitan areas for optimum national results.
Reverend John Azumah, HIV Ambassador, in a motivational remark urged students to abstain from sex, focus on the educational investments of their parents, re-echoing that HIV is real.
He said corporate Ghana needs students alive and HIV could jeopardise the national discourse and advised them to refrain from inordinate material things, which are almost the pull factor in destabilising their academic progression.
Rev Azumah disclosed that 12,000 pregnant women tested HIV positive out of a total of 950,000 tested in 2014, with the Eastern Region being highest in prevalence rates throughout the country.
He said stigmatisation and discrimination are still affronts to the disease and called for radical sensitisation regimes to educate and create greater awareness to lessen these burdens.
Mr Lawrence Agyeman, North Dayi Director of Education commended NYF for the resolve to impact students with positively skills, career guidance and life-changing values, a crucial determinant in their academic progression.
He urged them to desist from social vices that would be inimical to their educational goals including drug abuse, cyber-crimes affectionately referred to as “Sakawa,” disobedience and sexual relationships.
Mrs Cecilia Fiaka, Founder of NYF said her effort is to provide a platform to offer motivation to JHS students with game-changing values for national development and growth.
The Founder said more than 7,000 JHS students have benefited from the summer camp since inception with overwhelming success stories being told in morals, attitudes and academic performance in the catchment area of operation.
She said her passion for the project stemmed from the frequent teenage pregnancy rates, drug related cases, low academic results and truancy.
Mrs Fiaka thanked Stanbic bank for donating GH¢ 10,000 and other partners for their collective assistance and appealed to other financial institutions and the telecommunication companies to support the worthy course.
She said under its book drive, E-readers have been distributed, eleven schools benefiting from 6,400 books in the Afadzato District and supplied 60 bicycles to students, who ply between two-four kilometres to school.
Other partners are Ash Foam, Cowbell, Shoprite, Lions Aluminium Production Limited, Kairos Communication and Reach for Change.