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Campaign for female education association, CAMFED Alumni Ghana, (CAMA-Ghana)o, on Thursday joined the world to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with the call on the parents not to neglect their responsibilities on their female children .
The program which was held at the capital of the Mfantseman municipality of the Central region, Saltpond, was graced by among other equally prominent persons, the deputy central regional minister, Thomas Yaw Adjei Baffoe, the Mfantseman Municipal Chief Executive,hon KK Essuman, some staff of the Assembly, members of Cama-Ghana, parents and female students from some schools in the region.
Speaking on the theme “eradicating teenage pregnancy: the time to press for change is now” , Mrs Naomi Duncan, the wife of the central regional minister, charged parents to take good care of their children by providing them with their needs especially when they reach their adolescent age.
“parents here, please and please again we should see our children as the gift from God so however we treat them on this earth, we will account for it in future …..we should take them as our friends, brothers, sisters and our everything; we should not put them off from us, we should let them feel free to speak to us whenever they need to…….if we don’t bring them to ourselves, we should know that they will turn out going to speak and demand things from a wrong person who at the end turn out impregnating them”, she asserted adding parents should always make sure their children were asleep before they did.
Mrs Duncan moreover advised the girls to starve for the sake of their future saying, “if even you have to starve, do it because of your future…..that 5cedis from that guy can’t take you to anywhere, it can’t even take you through a day so assuming you are slept with and you get pregnant you because of the 5cedis or the 2cedis he gave you do you think that’s fair?, so be bold and control yourselves for the sake of your future”.
In an interview with the regional chairperson of the association, Christiana Efua Sam, she revealed the association’s plans to partner the districts in the region to find remedy to the alarming rates of teenage pregnancies in the region following the statistics of recorded teenage pregnancies in the region over the years gave by the deputy regional minister, hon.Thomas Yaw Adjei Baffoe.
“Yes indeed the figures are alarming and surprisingly this is our project for this year…. this year, Cama-Ghana is tackling that issue at hand so as the regional chapter of the CamA network, we’re partnering the districts to do the work”, she added, and explained further that they would be visiting schools in collaboration with other stakeholders to enlighten the girls more on among other things the effects of teenage pregnancy.
Ms Efua Sam then encouraged pregnant girls who drop out from school to always go back to school to continue their education after they have delivered, this, according to her it could enable them establish themselves in their communities and also become an agents of change in their locality.
About ten (10) nursing mothers who were back to classrooms continuing their education (ranging from the basic level to the tertiary level) were presented to them envelops contained some unspecified amount of monies.
The event was chaired by the Mfantseman Municipal coordinator of Girl Child Education, Madam Julia Damaline and was characterized with poems, choreography and drama by the various district Cama networks.
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || ghananewsonline.com.gh