By Elsie Appiah-Osei, GNA
Accra, June 30, GNA - Mrs Margaret Frempong-Kore, the Director of
Education for Ga South, has advised children, especially teenagers, to be
assertive and say no to early sex.
She said although home and family conditions mostly compel girls to be pushed into early marriages and sexual relationships it is time girls have their say and speak against early sex.
"Early sex is not good for any child no matter the circumstances, so I charge all boys and girls to be assertive and say no to it," Mrs Frempong-Kore gave the advice in Accra at the ActionAid Ghana's interschools talk programme.
She has also advised parents to sit up and not push their children into early marriages.
She said Ghana Education Service is gradually changing its way of teaching children and so the programme is timely as it confirms what students are being taught.
"Now we allow children to take decisions, affirm their decisions and be responsible for their decisions. That is why now sex is an open conversation which we have in our curriculum," she said.
Mrs Frempong-Kore, called on stakeholders to stick to what the Constitution says about the rights of children and advised students to study hard for them to be empowered.
Ms Naa Yarley Cudjoe, the ActionAid Ghana Project Officer and Facilitator at the Young Urban Women's Project Centre, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the two-day event was in commemoration of the International Day of the African Child with ActionAid's focus being on teenage pregnancy and early child marriage.
She said it is the goal of ActionAid Ghana to engage as well as encourage young women not to drop out of school after pregnancy and also report incidence of child marriage.
"We are doing this to also help make our young ones upright, know the implications of teenage pregnancy as well as make them feel comfortable for their future endeavours," she said.
She said there would be extensive follow-ups on ActionAid's child marriage project, which is based in Ga South with other sensitisation and educational programmes being held for facilitators to help check and control children.
Ms Yarley Cudjoe tasked girl child coordinators to be an inspiration to the girl- child by motivating them in the pursuance of their goals.
She also advised the children to have self-control and take their studies seriously.
Very Reverend Patricia Cobblah, the District Girl's Coordinator, speaking on the theme: "Protecting Child Rights," urged students to be focused and advised teachers to desist from using confidential messages shared by students with them in their everyday discussions with their colleagues.
"Instead, be their motivators and do not discourage them from achieving their set goals," she advised.