By Bernice Bessey
To close gender existing gender disparities gaps in the country, girls have been urged to take their destiny in to their own hands, by going to school and taking their studies seriously.
This is as girls move into adolescence, gender disparities in education widen, as it is seen in the number of out-of-school girls and the increase in child marriages, teenage pregnancies and girls engaged as head-porters (Kayayo) in the major cities of the country.
Despite Ghana signing onto very notable International Conventions (Education for All, Sustainable Development Goals) on education, not much has been achieved as a country in the provision of education to the deprived and hard to reach communities.
Fuseini Abdul Rahim, Advisor Gender and Advocacy-Empowerment for Life Programme, made this assertion to mark the International Child Day, celebrated on June 1, under the theme: “Children of Today, Our Keepers Tomorrow.”
According to him, girl-child education remains a key drive in the process of national development, and, therefore, he underscored the need for the country to step up strategies to enroll and sustain young girls in school, more especially, those in deprived and hard to reach communities.
“We must entreat our girls to stay away from all forms of ill activities that can affect their education,” he urged.
To him, access to education is not only a fundamental human right, but also a necessary foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society, adding, that commitments have been made by nations across the globe to promote girls and boys education, and this is encapsulated in SDG4.
“This explains why government and other stakeholders in education must step up efforts in providing educational infrastructure to the deprived and hard to reach communities of the country to make education accessible to all children.
“Parents also hold it a duty to do all they can to enroll the girl-child in school as soon she reaches school going age, just like their male child. Most importantly, parents should give their girls the needed support for them to remain in school, and lessen their chores at home to allow them ample time for studies,” Mr. Rahim postulated.