ActionAid organises education camp for girls
Tema, Sept.1, GNA - Action Aid Ghana (AAG), an international development charity, has organised a girls' camp at the Reverend John Teye Memorial Institute on the theme: 'Celebrating Girl Empowerment for Leadership.'
One hundred and twenty girls from 11-15 predominantly from AAG's sponsorship programme as well as children from poor communities who attended the camp, were drawn from the Greater Accra and Volta Regions.
The week long programme at the Ofankor based Institute, facilitated discussions on the importance of good education as the participants interacted with female role models who helped them to build their self-confidence and self-esteem.
The girls were also educated on sexual health and reproductive rights, their rights and responsibilities as children as well as on skills such as crocheting, cooking and weaving to empower them socially and economically.
Mrs Henrietta Lamptey, Greater Accra /Volta Regional Programme Manager, said AAG's commitment to women's rights led to the creation of AAG's Girls Camp in 2001.
She said education is the key to the development of a woman and urged the young women to strive for higher education to improve their personal circumstances and the society.
Mrs Lamptey asked the girls to make a difference in their various communities with the training they had gained.
Mr Daniel Budu Asiedu, Ga West Municipal Director of Education, commended AAG for the camp saying it would go a long way to shape the fortunes of the nation.
He said Dr Aggrey, an illustrious son of the nation said: 'If you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate a nation.'