Tamale, Dec 16, GNA - Action Aid Ghana has held a day’s mentorship programme for selected school girls in the Tamale Metropolis enabling them to interact with role models to learn from their experiences on various issues affecting young girls.
Issues discussed at the mentorship programme focused on early marriages, teenage pregnancy, reproductive health, menstrual hygiene and leadership, which formed part of efforts by the ActionAid to empower the school girls and adequately prepare them for the future.
Some of the role models the girls interacted with were drawn from the Young Urban Women (YUW) group, which is a network of young ladies in Tamale, who have been trained in various vocations amongst other rights issues.
A total of 289 girls drawn from six schools in the Tamale Metropolis including; Kpanvo Presby Junior High, Choggu Nuru Islam Primary, took part in the event.
The event, which formed part of the ActionAid Ghana’s efforts at promoting quality girl child education, was to equip girls with requisite knowledge and skills to amongst others be assertive.
Madam Beatrice Yanman Biije, General Programme Officer of ActionAid Ghana, who spoke and also interacted with girls said the mentorship session exposed the girls to real life stories since the facilitators were more experienced in matters relating to the growth and development of the girl-child.
Madam Yanman Biije underscored the importance of empowering the girl-child in the area of education, saying it was paramount to the country’s development.
Mohammed Rukaya, a member of the Young Urban Woman (YUW), who also facilitated the event, spoke about early marriages saying they posed challenges to the girl-child hence the need to empower girls especially through education.