By Elsie Appiah-Osei /Agnes Ansah, GNA
Accra, March 14, GNA - Mrs Christiania Gockel, the Executive Director of Insight Foundation Ghana (IFG), has called on stakeholders and parents to prioritize girl-child education.
She said it was the agenda of IFG to see girls staying in school and walking up the educational ladder alongside the boy-child.
“Not just a matter of the girls going to school but as stakeholders we are making sure they stay in school to develop themselves amidst the hindrances they encounter,” she said.
Mrs Gockel made the call in Accra on Tuesday at the maiden mentorship programme organised by the IFG, as part of activities incorporated in the maiden Girls’ Inspirer Awards 2016 held in October last year to celebrate and recognise five women achievers in the country.
They were Professor Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu, a Lecturer in Law at the University of Ghana, Dr Dorcas Coker-Appiah, the Executive Director of Gender Studies Human Right Centre and Mrs Jane Amavi Kwaku, an Independent Gender Consultant.
The others are Mrs Angela Dwamena Aboagye, the Executive Director of Ark Foundation and the Late Eva Lokko, the Progressive People’s Party Parliamentary aspirant for Klottey Korle.
The Girls’ Inspirer Awards 2016 initiated by IFG, a non-profit organisation, aims at engaging the five women achievers to mentor 25 young girls towards their career path.
Mentoring the girls on the Topic: “Personal Development and Empowerment of Young Women”, Mrs Angela Dwamena Aboagye, the Executive Director of Ark Foundation, advised the girls to use their voice to empower themselves.
She said whether in speaking, writing or in any other form of communication, the girls ought to find their voice and use it for the good of the rest of society.
“Voice, empowerment, purpose and values, are all good tools need to help shape your lives from now to the future,” she said.
Mrs Dwamena Aboagye urged the girls to take their studies seriously by going to school, working through their books, connecting with good friends, going to church and following their parents as well as teachers’ trainings.
“Doing all these will enable you to use your voice effectively.
“God has given us a voice and is using your education, mentoring and all the blessings in your life that will enable you to impact society,” she said.
Mrs Jane Amavi Kwaku, an Independent Gender Consultant, said personal development should be accomplished systematically.
She urged the students to take their studies seriously and to the highest level.
Mrs Cynthia Prah, the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre, advised the students to work with passion and work on discovering their innate talents.
The 25 Girls who were mentored came from Association Community Basic School, Sea Shell Modern International School, Osu Presbyterian Preparatory School, Tinny Flowers Academy and La Saint Paul’s School.
Some resources persons came from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as well as the La Dadekotopong Girls Education Officer.
The mentorship, which is a continuous four months progromme with the aim of building on previous meeting between girls and their mentors is also IFG’s way of commemorating this year’s International Women’s day which was on the theme: “Women in the changing world of work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”
However, “Economic Empowerment of Rural Women: A Tool for Sustainable Development in a Changing World of Work” was the theme selected to mark the day in Ghana
International Women’s Day is annually observed on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.
It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.GNA