Team Eduwatch Provides Technical Support To Star Ghana Foundation
Team Eduwatch spent today, February 24, 2021 providing technical support as a Strategic Partner to STAR Ghana Foundation in facilitating a District-wide Girls Education stakeholder engagement.
The program was held in the Mfantsiman Municipality to synergize, reinforce and scale-up the GES re-entry policy for pregnant girls.
Due to the 10-month closure of schools as a result of COVID-19, the number of teenage pregnancies in Central Region has increased from 800 in 2016 to about 3,200 in 2020.
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.
Mfantsiman, which is a coastal Municipality with 15% pregnancies being teenage happens to be the epicenter of teenage pregnancies in the Central Region.
There is the need to strengthen institutional collaboration between the GES, Ministry of Gender, NCCE and GHS 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 (PSG) at the community level.
“We appreciate the collaboration with the Municipal Director of GES, the MCE, the Queen Mother of Anomabo, the Religious Bodies in the Municipality and STAR Ghana Foundation. Our next destination is Upper Manya”, Eduwatch stated.
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