By Kwamina Tandoh
Accra, April 30, GNA - The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) Ghana, to advance the course of girl’s education and women empowerment.
The MOU commits the Ministry and CAMFED Ghana to work closely towards the goal of realising gender equality and women empowerment.
It also seeks to help achieve the vision of fulfilling Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals - achieving gender equality and women empowerment for all girls in Ghana.
Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, after signing the MOU, said the Government of Ghana’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment had resulted in the approval of the National Gender Policy in 2015.
She said the policy sought to mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment concerns into the national development process in order to improve the social, legal, civic, political, economic and cultural conditions of the people of Ghana.
Nana Oye Lithur said the support of CAMFED Ghana in advocating for gender parity in education, particularly at the community level, would enhance the achievement of national educational goals and objectives.
She said access to education had improved dramatically over the past few decades, and there had been a number of encouraging trends in girls’ and women’s education.
She said Government was working to improve the quality of education, especially at the basic level, adding that the gender gap in school enrolment had been narrowing in recent years.
Nana Oye Lithur said the current literacy rate for women stood at 68.5 per cent as compared to men, 80.2 per cent, however, the gender parity index on general enrolment in schools increased from 0.85 in 2009 to 0.91 in 2013/2014.
She said the proportion of girls enrolled rose from 44.7 per cent in 2009 to 46.9 per cent in 2013/2014, while the transition rate from junior high school to senior high school increased from 61 per cent to 68 per cent, suggesting more students were completing JHS and entering SHS.
“The rate is higher for female than male students by 2 percentage points (at 69 per cent and 67 per cent respectively), the percentage of women enrolled in public tertiary institutions has also been rising in recent years,” she said.
Ms Dolores Dickson, the Executive Director, CAMFED Ghana, said the advocacy group launched a five year strategic plan last year which placed emphasis on the empowerment of young rural women.
She said with the launch of the Ghana National Gender Policy, it had become important for CAMFED to align its activities to the achievement of that national vision.
“For this reason we are signing an MOU covering the next five years to work closely with the Gender Ministry in achieving the country’s strategic objective in advancing the course of children, women and the vulnerable,” she said.
CAMFED Ghana is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) which focuses on girls’ education and young women’s empowerment.
The NGO is currently working in 31 districts in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West and Central regions of Ghana.