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Encouraging Girls in Ghana to Take on Politics at a Young Age

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The Abuakwa North office of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Eastern Region has launched an initiative aimed at encouraging girls to participate in politics at a young age. The “Girls in Parliament” programme was designed to build the capacity of girls and inculcate the spirit of governance in them to assist in the development of the country in future.

According to Mr Samson K. Akoto, the Public Relations Officer of the Abuakwa North Municipal GES, the programme was created to empower young girls to take on leadership roles and contribute their quota to the growth and development of Ghana. He explained that three political parties: Diligent Ladies Party, Progressive Ladies Party, and Virtuous Ladies Party, were created from which 39 members of parliament (MPs) were elected during the primaries. The 39 MPs would converge at the New Tafo Presbyterian Church Hall, their parliament house, to discuss some important issues affecting the Abuakwa North Municipality.

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The enthusiasm shown by the female students to participate in politics was impressive and gives hope that the number of women in government is set to increase in the future. By introducing girls to the concept of politics at the junior high school level, they can better understand the importance of governance, develop leadership skills, and gain the confidence needed to take on more significant roles in the future.

The GES Education Week Celebration in the Municipality held under the theme: “Nurturing Minds for 21st Century Workforce – STEM Education, a Necessity,” highlighted the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The programme encouraged young girls to pursue careers in STEM fields, where they are traditionally underrepresented, and provided a platform for them to develop their skills and interests.

It is crucial to expose young girls to different career options, especially in fields where they are underrepresented. Encouraging girls to pursue STEM fields will enable them to develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and creativity. These skills are essential for the growth and development of any society.

For the most part, initiatives like the “Girls in Parliament” programme and STEM education week celebration provide young girls with the tools and skills they need to become leaders and contribute positively to their communities. It is essential to continue to encourage and empower young girls to break down barriers and achieve their full potential.

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