Ms. Josephine Oppong-Yeboah, a human rights activist and gender advocate, has called on traditional authorities and opinion leaders to help break all barriers to the education of the girl-child.
She expressed the concern that despite the successes made so far in promoting girl-child education, some communities in the country continued to discriminate against girl-child enrolment and refused to see it as a key factor for girls’ empowerment, prosperity, development and welfare.
She said it was about time all barriers to the education of females, particularly those in rural communities, were removed.
Ms Oppong-Yeboah made the remarks in a media interview via zoom on Friday, July 29, 2022.
She said there was the need for all stakeholders to help increase enrolment of the girl-child in school to ensure inclusive development in society.
For her, in the past, some people held the view that girls were only required to take on the role of mothers and do only housework, but it should not be the case by now.
Ms Oppong-Yeboah said parents, opinion leaders, traditional authorities and all who matter must take steps at the local level to protect female children from falling prey to early marriage and teenage pregnancy.
Ms. Oppong-Yeboah expressed the concern that early marriage and teenage pregnancy were the major causes of school dropouts among females, particularly in the rural communities.
She was of the view that education was one of the quickest and most efficient methods of encouraging economic growth in any nation.