By Nana Osei Kyeretwie, GNA,
Sunyani (B/A), April 29, GNA – A two-day gender in service training aimed at sharpening the skills of teachers, especially females to address felt needs and challenges impeding girl-child education in some deprived communities in the Brong –Ahafo Region, has ended in Sunyani.
Put together jointly by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF) under its special gender project dubbed “Gender- Nkabomu”, the event was attended by one Circuit supervisor, one local coordinator from GNAT Ladies Association, nine females and six male teachers.
The participants were selected from basic schools designated as “Nkabom” deprived schools in the Sunyani West and Asutifi North Districts.The expectation is that at the end of the training session, participants would be equipped with lobbying skills and how to draw action plans to become project focal persons for their respective communities.
The Nkabomu schools are those selected and adopted in deprived areas under the GNAT/CTF collaboration to support them to make profile booklets containing a list of their identified needs.
These communities are assisted to address these needs identified to undermine quality education delivery in those localities. They could range from the provision of classroom blocks and teachers’ quarters, large scale school drop-out rates, particularly in relation to girl-child enrolment.
Mad. Madam Helena Awuruga, the GNAT National Coordinator for gender, speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the closing ceremony said collaborative project was an on-going one which started in 2009.
She said one of its major objectives was to encourage female teachers to accept postings to rural areas to serve as role models for particularly females in the basic schools.
Madam Awuruga earlier in an address, urged the participants to remain focused and attach importance to the implementation of their respective schools’ and communities’ action plans to enable the project run successfully.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Chair of GNAT, Mr. Michael Nsiah-Agyapong told the participants to use the skills acquired at the event positively to benefit the communities and enhance education delivery.
Mr. Nsiah-Agyapong who is also the Headmaster of Twene-Amanfo Senior High/Technical School in Sunyani urged them to play pivotal roles in organising stakeholders in their communities for effective collaboration to achieve the objectives of the Project.
Ms Diane Lawler and Ms Carla Peterson, members of the CTF who were facilitators described the Project as “very significant” in creating educational opportunities for girl-children in the project communities.
They expressed satisfaction about the readiness and enthusiasm of the participants to act as agents of change to enhance girl-child education in their localities.