From Francis Owusu-Ansah
The Proprietress of Golden Intellectuals School (GIS) in Sunyani, Mrs Ranti Adjaku, has advised Junior High School (JHS) students to abstain from irrelevant and time-wasting activities that could affect their Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) results, and subsequently, their academic life.
She urged girls to stay in school, study hard, abstain from sex, and then become what God has purposed them to be in future.
Mrs Adjaku said this when the GIS supported the Women Advocacy Network (WAN), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), to donate assorted educational materials, valued at over GH¢4,500, to the Ayakomaso Methodist D/A School in the Sunyani West District in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The items included exercise and text books, board instruments, pencils, pens, erasers, sharpener, poster colours, mathematical sets, chalk, sketch pads and crayons.
Mrs. Adjaku observed that teenage pregnancy and girl child dropout rates in the district are reportedly increasing, and, therefore, admonished school management teams and parents to put in place adequate measures to address the problem.
The Executive Director for the Women Advocacy Network, Ms Janet Issifu, appealed to school girls to remain focused at all times, to enable them climb up the academic ladder with their male counterparts.
The Head of the Department of Languages at the University of Natural Resources (UENR), Dr. Phyllis Opare, noted that the empowerment of the girl child should always be on the national development agenda, adding that civil societies have very critical roles to play in ensuring that women take their rightful places in society.
She said women in leadership positions all over the world have proved that the world could be a better place if we have more women at the helm of affairs. Dr Opare encouraged the students to take their lessons serious to enhance their chances of achieving their academic ambitions.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr. Ebenezer Bentu, thanked management of the GIS and WAN for assisting the school with educational materials, saying the gesture would encourage both teachers and students to do their best to achieve the desired results.
Mr. Bentu pledged that the items would be put to good use to ensure value for money. He further appealed to other non-governmental organisations to support the empowerment of the girl child in the district.
The Women Advocacy network (WAN) is a social group that seeks to empower women and increase their participation in leadership, as well as contributing to the overall development of society.
The donation to first beneficiary school, the Ayakomaso Methodist School, falls under its project, the “WAN Help Build Society”, which is geared towards helping deprived basic schools in Ghana.