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18.02.2005 Regional News

Bolgatanga Pupils benefit from career counselling.

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Bolgatanga, Feb.18, GNA - More than 500 children selected from primary and Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) in the Bolgatanga municipality on Friday benefited from career counselling on technical and vocational courses.

It was organized by Women in Technical Education (WITED) and co-sponsored by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Cowbell Milk. Addressing the pupils, the national director of WITED, Mrs. Grace Otu-Boateng, said the programme, which is the first of its kind in the region and the municipality, is aimed at encouraging girls to learn hard to enter the universities to become engineers.

Mrs. Otu-Boateng said girls have often taken up the traditional role of dressmaking, hair dressing and cookery, adding that it is now time for girls to aim at taking up engineering and other professions that were regarded as the preserve of men.

She urged the children to endeavour to make a change in the choice of subjects in the Senior Secondary School (SSS) that would make them useful citizens and not those that only dealt with buying and selling. The municipal coordinator of girl-child education, Miss Amina Issah, charged the pupils to reciprocate the government's gesture of putting emphasis on women's education to challenge men academically, adding, "what a man can do a woman can do better."

The children had the opportunity to listen to role models like Lily Donkor, the first female aircraft technician and a number of female students from the Bolgatanga technical institute offering courses in auto mechanics, electrical engineering and brick-laying and construction.

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