Eduwatch Engages Stakeholders On Re-entry For Pregnant Girls In GES

Star Ghana Foundation with technical support from Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch) was in Upper Manya Krobo Municipality today to engage stakeholders in the 2nd District Level Re-entry for Pregnant Girls Dialogue.

The aim of the stakeholder engagement is to synergize, reinforce and scale-up local girls re-entry efforts of various agencies within the context of the Ghana Education Service Re-entry Policy for pregnant girls.

The 10-month closure of schools due to COVID-19, hiked the number of teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Region.

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World Vision estimates 1 million girls are likely to drop out of school due to the 10-month closure of schools in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Challenges including poor parenting and lack of community commitment to encouraging these pregnant girls to go back to school after delivery were cited by stakeholders as major drawbacks in identifying and further facilitating re-entry for these pregnant girls.

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The meeting underscored the need to strengthen institutional collaboration between the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Gender, National Commission for Civic Education, Department of Community Development and Ghana Health Service in implementing the Policy.

The leadership and buy-in of Traditional Authorities and Faith Based Organizations is lacking, but very crucial to a successful policy acceptance and attitudinal change in support of Pregnant School Girls at the community level.

The activity is a collaboration with the Regional and District Girls Education Unit, Religious Bodies, Non-Governmental Organizations, Traditional Leaders and the Upper Manya District Assembly.

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