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Community takes steps to empower girls

Bulpella, (N/R) March 31, GNA - Three traditional leaders from Bulpella and its environs, have resolved to immediately begin a sensitization programme, targeting parents on the need to educate girls to ensure that girl-child enrolment in schools improves.

As part of the measures, an emergency community durbar would be organized by the three leaders on Tuesdays and Fridays to inform and encourage parents to pay special attention to the education of girls, as is being done for boys.

The Bulpella-Naa Abukari Tia, Chief of Bulpella, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Monday after a days community sensitization, as part of the Young Urban Women Project advocacy on unpaid care work being implemented by the Northern Sector Action Centre for Awareness Creation in Bulpella.

He observed that the effect of the measures spear-headed by his Palace and two other leaders; Kukpenaa Ibrahim Sibroo, Chief of Kukpe and Nalunaa Napatri Salifu, Chief of Nalu, would trickle down to the surrounding environs.

At the durbar we are going to be frank with them, and let them know that the girl-childs education has been neglected for long, and it is crucial to pay maximum attention to educate them.

Our observation is that some families burden girls with many responsibilities, leaving the boys with limited or no house chores. We think it is not fair, and there must be a second look at it. The girl-child is important as boys, so they should be given equal treatment, he said.

The chief suggested that household chores should be shared among both male and female children, as a form of training towards their future.

Young males should be trained as well, because they will one day live alone, and they need to do things themselves, and this form of training could only be gained through participating in household chores, he said.

Bulpella-Naa Tia said, that aside, the leaders at a meeting with parents, had agreed to team up with Imams and Pastors of the various religious sects, to intensify and include issues of girls education in their sermons.

GNA

Source: GNA Story (https://ghananewsagency.org/social/community-takes-steps-to-empower-girls-72916)
Published: 2014-03-31 22:49:08
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