WA, April 21,
GNA - The National Youth Authority (NYA) in the Upper West Region has initiated
girls’ empowerment programme in Senior High Schools (SHS) to educate and
inspire female students on how to aspire to become responsible leaders.
outreach programme for girls seeks to create a forum for female students to
interact and discuss issues challenging their educational pursuits and fashion
ways of overcoming them to achieve success in life.
has reached out to over 2,000 female students in three SHSs since it was
launched in March 2019.
include Wa Senior High School, Wa Islamic Girls and St. Francis Girls Senior
High in Jirapa.
positive self-image for girls was necessary as many girls suffer from
self-esteem and confidence problems and need supportive hands to develop
essential traits,” Mr Archibald Donkoh, NYA Regional Director said during an
interaction session with a cross-section of the girls in Wa Senior High School.
He said access
to education play a vital role in female empowerment, and expressed worry about
rising number of girls dropping out of school which endanger the quality of
the female students to believe in themselves as well as identify mentors who
they could tap into their knowledge and experience to guide their career growth
He also advised
them to abstain from early sex and indulgence in substance abuse which have the
tendency of truncating their education and for that matter their future
The girls were
further encouraged to take stock of their lives periodically and work to
improve upon their weaknesses as well as study seriously and aim higher to
reposition themselves in competition with their male counterparts along their
academic and career paths.