By: Shallom Lumor | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Global Women Development Promoters (GLOWDEP), a non-governmental organisation has marked the 2018 International Day of the Girl Child at Mafi Anfoe D/A JHS in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region.
The day is observed on October 11 every year to address issues and challenges concerning the girl child.
The Assistant headmistress of Sogakofe Senior High School, Madam Peace Gokah in her keynote address at the event themed “With Her, a Skilled Labour Force”, said it was time for the education of the girl child to be tilted towards developing the skills of the girl child.
She said for ages, the place of the woman had been different but the time was due for boys and girls to have the same opportunities in the job market.
“Where there is no change, there is no progress, hence, Ghanaians and Africans as a whole must be ready to embrace the changing trends of the girl child.”
She added that everyone must collectively support girls with tools that can help them fit into the work force.
“These tools are empowerment, education, and training their skills to be relevant in the Ghanaian work force. We need more people to transform the economy and employable skills will change the economy in the next 1 to 3 decades.”
The Executive Director of GLOWDEP, Mrs. Victoria Norgbey in her welcome address noted that, this year’s celebration saw boys participating because with boys included, many of the issues concerning the girl child education agenda could be achieved.
She said the world “is evolving” and including boys in the girl child education campaign was the right gesture to getting closer to the goals.
She entreated parents and care givers to help their girls in identifying their skills.
The day which featured Women in Agriculture, specifically women within the poultry value chain, also had the Central Tongu chapter of the apex body of Women in Poultry Value Chain (WIPVAC- Apex), a national umbrella organisation of women working along the poultry value chain, inaugurated.