A parent has revealed how she felt when she realised her daughter who was about to complete Senior High School (SHS) was pregnant.
According to Madam Emelia Acquah, she was happy that her daughter was about to complete SHS, but all of a sudden “I realised she was pregnant!…….I said oh my God! Martha, what have you done? then I started reflecting on how she started her schooling from the kindergarten through primary to JHS and now at SHS…..and I told myself that so have all my strives been in vain?”.
“In fact I nearly went mad….it is not easy at all but I quickly came back to my normal sense and thought of what to do next. Human as we are, people, especially my friends who heard of it started trooping in with ideas and suggestions; some were saying I should let her abort it whiles some too were advising that i allow her to give birth,” she stated.
“…..so as a caring parent who wish well for my child , I thought about it twice and said, aborting it can take away the life and if that happens it means I’m going to lose both the baby and my daughter so allowing her to give birth will be more profitable because after all she can continue her education after giving birth”. The experienced parent noted
Mrs Acquah, who was sharing the experience at a durbar to climax this year’s International Women’s Day organised by CAMFED Alumni – Ghana (CamA-Ghana, a campaign for female education association, at the Mfantseman municipal capital, Saltpond on Thursday added, she finally allowed the daughter to give birth and afterwards adopted the baby for the student-mother to continued her schooling.
“so as I’m speaking now, she is at the university,level 300……so i hereby advise my colleague parents to take good care of your female children……especially when they get pregnant along the way,bring them together and encourage them……don’t forsake them, it is difficult though but imagine if i had neglected her what do you think could have happened?”, she queried amidst cheers from the gathering.
The program, themed “eradicating teenage pregnancy: the time to press for change is now”, was attended by the deputy Central regional minister; the wife of the central regional minister,Mrs Naomi Duncan; the municipality’s chief executive ; some staff of the Assembly, the regional chairperson of CamA-Ghana, Ms Christiana Sam, parents, some female students from schools in the municipality and CamA members from some parts of the region.
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || ghananewsonline.com.gh