Make the personal and social development of girls the top priority

Social Pregnancy Ppag

A girls officer from the Ekumfi District Education Directorate, Madame Esther Kwofie, implored parents to make the personal and social development of their daughters a top priority to protect them from teenage pregnancies.

She said lack of parental control and concern for the development of young girls has led to most cases of teenage pregnancy in the district and the region at large.

The Center region is ranked third out of 16 regions for teenage pregnancies.
Statistics from the Central Regional Directorate of Health indicate that the region recorded 7,558 teenage pregnancies last year compared to 2,743 of the cases recorded in 2020.

As a result, nearly 11,000 girls have dropped out of school in recent years, the report says.

“Many parents and guardians have failed to provide for their young daughters or even to devote time to them. They are more concerned with the work they are doing than with the welfare of the girls and so you will see that the slightest thing will cause them to engage in sex which leads to unwanted pregnancies,” she said. .

Madame Kwofie was addressing a stakeholder meeting in Ekumfi to help end teenage pregnancy organized by the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as part of of their adolescent girl empowerment project.

The project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, aims to train and educate adolescent girls about their sexual and reproductive health rights to empower them to make bold decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives.

The girls’ agent urged all parents to spend more time with their children and monitor their development to learn about their issues.

“You have to communicate with them, know their physical needs, know their emotional needs and monitor them for any changes in their behavior to keep them away from this canker. We have to end it and it will force us all to play our roles,” she said.

On her part, Madam Sarah Asabea Asiedu from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service suggested that boys and men also need to be educated and empowered on the subject as they are the authors.

She also pledged DOVVSU’s commitment to partner with PPAG to address gender-based violence in the district.

Ms. Rebecca Kporxa, PPAG field officer, said accurate sexual and reproductive health education and services for young people would encourage them to make good choices for their future.

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Joel C. Hicks