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The Campaign for Female Education Alumni (CAMA) Ghana on Friday joined the world to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day with the call on all stakeholders to help eradicate teenage pregnancy and child marriage in the country.
The program which was themed: “Balance for better: co-opting partners to end teenage pregnancy and child labour in Ghana”, was held at Agona Nsaba in the Agona East district of the Central Region (CR) and in attendance were traditional leaders, educationists, groups, parents, some of the Camfed beneficiaries, CAMA members and students from nearby schools.
Pearl Nikki Quarmyne, national vice chairperson of the alumni, in an interview with Ahomka News bemoaned about the increasing rate of the two, teenage pregnancy and the child marriage, and urged parents and other stakeholders to help fight the canker.
According to her, it was the society that eventually suffers from the effect of the menace if parents and stakeholders fail to help eradicate it.
“….you see, most of the armed robbers we see in our communities were street children and most of the street children too are also as a result of teenage pregnancy, so that’s why we are calling on all to get involve because it is not only the parents who will be affected by the bad results,” Nikki Quarmyne explained
The vice chair moreover called on parents to prioritize their girl children’s education saying, most parents often concentrate more on their male wards’ education neglecting the females, explaining, “the time where women were only made to be at the kitchen has passed.”
Nana Adwoa Nkansah Edua, the Omanhemaa of Nsaba Traditional Area, who was the chairperson for the occasion in her closing remarks lamented about of habits of some teachers where they stigmatize, insult and at times sack females students who had given birth and wanted to continue their education and urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to introduce roadmap to stop the acts.
“…. I get complaints almost everyday from my girls…… the teachers don’t make them feel happy, they scold them,stigmatize them, call them names such as ‘born one’ and a whole lot…..why should it be so…I once even had a call from a PTA chairman who told me plainly that ‘nana, stop bringing your born ones to our school ooo’ and in fact I nearly went to the school to fight them…. so please, Ghana Education Service, do something about this,” Nana Adwoa Edua lamented and urged female students who due to one reason or the other had given birth to see it as an accident and go back to classroom to continue their education.
For her part, Mrs Naomi Duncan, the wife of the central regional minister, who was the guest of honour for the occasion advised the girls to take their studies seriously and that, they should not belittle their womanhood to men to ruin their future with money.
“Your virginity and for that matter your future is much valuable than that five cedis or 10 cedis that guy would give you so stay away from them and concentrate on your education…….that small money can’t buy your future so please value your future, even if you have to starve, starve, don’t go after theurged” Mrs Duncan urged
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || Ahomka FM, ghananewsonline.com.gh