Department of Gender organiZe Mentorship programmes for Adolescent Girls

The Central Regional branch of the Department of Gender, under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has organized a four-day mentorship programme to educate adolescent girls on their reproductive health.

The event, which took place in Cape Coast in the Central Region, was attended by teachers and some selected teenage girls who represented the various basic schools in the District in Central Region.

The selected 130 students were drowned from Upper Denkyire, Assin North, Cape Coast, Twifo Hemang and  Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abbrem (KEEA)

Speaking at the event, Mrs. Thywill Ekpe, The Central Regional Direction of the Department of Gender, indicated that the programme was in collaboration with Ghana Education Service and with funded by  United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA).

She said the programme would educate adolescent girls on the need to abstain from early sex, which could expose them to undesirable conditions such as teenage pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), child marriage among others.

Mrs. E Kpe said the face to face interaction with the adolescent girls was an opportunity for the Department of Gender to discover issues that affected their studies which often led to school dropout among many teenage girls.

The Director said the Department would mentor the girls in and out of school to enable them to pursue higher goals for themselves, their families and society.

She urged parents to cater properly for their wards and said the lack of proper parental care often exposed teenage girls to unnecessary peer influence.

Mrs. Cynthia Morrison, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, called on teenage girls to desist from practices that could harm their reproductive wellbeing in the future.

Madam Morrison noted that with discipline and hard work, adolescent girls could pursue education to higher heights just like their male counterparts.

By: Isaac Asirifi/Ghana

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