Accra, Aug. 1, GNA – Teachers have being urged to motivate girls to pursue science and mathematics studies.
Professor Nana Araba Apt, an African Human Development Expert, said in order to speed up Ghana’s socio-economic development, there was the need to bridge the gender gap in science and mathematics education.
She urged teachers to develop strategies to boost the number of girls studying science and mathematics.
Prof Apt made the appeal in Accra during the opening of the College for Ama (CofA) Foundation’s Eighth Summer Training Camp for 40 basic school girls from the Eastern Regions.
The participating schools are Berekuso Basic School and Ayim Basic School.
The CofA, a registered charity organization which was established in 2005 by Prof Apt, Helen Lydia Bedwei, a businesswoman and entrepreneur and Afua Eyeson, a legal practitioner seeks to help girls in rural areas to break out of the spiral of poverty and underdevelopment.
So far COFA organization has trained over 300 rural girls from the Central, Western, Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern regions at its Summer Camps which aims at raising the consciousness of the girls and exposing them to intensive training and efficient ways of learning.
Prof Apt said a large number of past products of the COFA Summer Camps were now pursuing studies at the tertiary level.
She explained that the current batch of pupil were now in primary five and six, and that over the next three years, they would keep coming for the COFA Summer Camps until they write their Basic Education Certificate Examination.
She said as part of efforts to promote literacy, COFA was organising classes for women at Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region.
Madam Bedwei urged parents to invest more in the girl child education.
She expressed gratitude to the Association of Spouses of Heads/Deputies of International Missions (ASOHOM), the Association of Women’s Trust and Adubea Johnson Design for supporting this year’s camp.
Christopher Charles Mate-Kole, the President of the Ghana Psychology Association, said when parents invest in the girl-child’s education, they were guaranteeing a secured future for the child and themselves.
He advised the children to take their studies very seriously.
Ms Elizabeth Sarfoa Darko, Akuapem South District Girls’ Education Coordinator, said the girl-child had a bright future and must be given the needed support.
She urged parents to keep their eyes on the girl child.
Madam Margaret Munyuhitum, Head Teacher, Berekuso Basic School and Mr Samuel Takyi, Head Teacher, Ayim Basic School, both commended COFA for empowering their pupils.
Madam Grace Martey, a parent on behalf of her fellow parents, also thanked COFA for the honour done to their children.