Regional News of Monday, 26 November 2012

Source: GNA

Educated women asked to promote girl-child education

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa Doe, has called on women who have benefited from education to serve as role models and champion the campaign for the education of the girl child.

She said education was the only tool that would quicken the empowerment of women in the country and that it was time for all to put their hands on deck to ensure that many more girls were sent to school.

Mrs Benyiwa Doe was addressing the Cape Coast chapter of the Mfantsiman Old Girls Association (MOGA) in Cape Coast after a peace march to climax its first anniversary celebration.

The march which took them through some of the principal streets of Cape Coast was on the theme: “The Impact of Girl Child Education on Women Empowerment “.

She urged all including chiefs and queen mothers to join the campaign in encouraging parents to send their daughters to school and also ensure they stayed in school by providing them with the needed logistics.

The Regional Minister commended the group for the march and said it would go a long way to ensure peace in the region before, during and after the December polls. She urged other organizations to join the crusade for peace.

She also underscored the important role old students’ play in the development of their Alma Mater and urged all old students to form associations to enable them to garner support for their Alma Mater since the government alone could not cater for the educational needs of the country.

On the December polls, she said the country needed peace, stressing that elections in Africa were usually characterised by violence but that Ghana had been lucky not to experience such electoral violence in its general elections and that everything should be done to ensure that this year’s polls were violence-free.

Ms Vivian Etroo, chairperson of the Chapter, who is also the Cape Coast Metropolitan Director of Education, stressed the need to send the girl-child to school and added that the association would take it upon itself to encourage more girls to go to school.