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Girls’ club cries for more female teachers

2010-01-05 21:04:02
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Members of the Nanumba Girls’ Club have called for sponsorship and training of more female teachers in order to increase their numbers in the various schools, particularly those in the rural communities.

According to the girls, an increase in female teacher population was likely to contribute significantly by reducing violence against girls in school.

They also noted that the presence of female teachers had encouraged more girls to attend and remain in school, which would consequently promote gender parity and reduce the number of girls dropping out of school.

At a meeting with members of the press in Tamale, two members of the club argued that their experience as schoolchildren had taught them to believe that female teachers served as role models and mentors for young girls.

"Female teachers are important, because they inspire us to be ambitious and provide concrete examples of how girls can live up to their hopes and dreams," stated Adam Rubainatu, a form 1 pupil of the Evangelical Preparatory’ (E.P.) Demonstration Junior High School in Bimbilla.

The girls mentioned that the presence of female teachers enabled them to fee! safe and secure in school.

They also argued that in terms of adolescent sexual health education, female teachers appeared to be more objective in providing girls in school with accurate information about their growth.

The girls further pointed out that the inadequate number of female teachers in the Nanumba North and South districts of the Northern Region contributed partly to the gender disparity in basic school enrolment in the two districts.

They noted, for instance, that the Ghana Education Service (GES) had revealed that during the 2008/09 academic year, there were 166 male teachers as against 42 female teachers in the Nanumba North district.

They said it was therefore not surprising that the Northern Region had a Gender Parity Index (GP1) of 0.84, which was the lowest in the country and also lower than the national average, because most districts recorded less girls enrolment.

The meeting was organised by Songta-ba, a network of organisations and institutions that are working to secure women and children’s rights, particularly in deprived areas.

The Project Co-ordinator of Songtaba, Mr Enoch Cudjoe, explained that the meeting was organised upon the request c members of the girls club, who wanted U. share with the- media some challenges they faced in school

He said Songtaba was working with the girls, as part of the implementation of a five-year project dubbed: "Stop Violence-Against Girls in School’, which was being implemented in collaboration with ActionAid Ghana and with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, an organisation L. the United Kingdom (UK).

"It is aimed at promoting the rights cf girls to education in the Nanumba North and South districts and therefore works with girls Clubs to empower them in that regard," he stated.


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