Miss Melody Azinim, a Senior Programmes Officer at Action Aid-Ghana, has said there is the need for young girls to be properly trained to take proper decisions regarding their development and help prevent teenage pregnancies. She said “empowering the girls with knowledge will assist them in taking proper decisions regarding their personal hygiene, reading habits, and other negative acts that will lead them into unwanted pregnancies”.
Miss Azinim said this at the weekend during the closing ceremony of a 5-day Girls’ Camp organized by Action Aid-Ghana, as a means to mentor and educate the girls to be empowered with development oriented skills.
The five-day camp, which was on the theme: “Girls Camp, Celebrating girls’ empowerment for leadership”, was also meant to empower the girls with knowledge to act responsibly in the society.
Miss Azinim said the focus of this year’s girls’ camp is to bring girls from different districts and schools to enrich their knowledge and share experiences. She said a total of 70 girls from the primary and junior high levels were camped with 30 coming from the Nanumba North and the Nanumba South Districts while the remaining 40 came from the Tamale Metropolis and Sagnarigu District.
Mr Mohammed Sorogodoo, DCE for Sagnerigu, in a speech read on his behalf, said the camp created a platform for the girls to acquire knowledge and share experience with friends who did not get the opportunity to be participate.
He said “the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices such as the internet and smart phones in illegal activities has become the norm among many” and advised the girls to desist from such practices.
He also challenged the girls to try exploring new ways of using (ICT) devices to acquire more knowledge and experiences, which is the surest way of excelling to attain academic heights.
Mr Kanzoni Donald, the Northern Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Education Service (GES), urged the girls to be assertive and defend themselves against any form of sexual harassment.
He lauded ActionAid for the enormous strides made towards improving the girl child education and urged the girls to aspire towards greater roles.