The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly, Hon. Mariam Iddrisu has on Saturday, February 22, 2020, empowered over a hundred female student leaders from Basic, Senior High Schools (SHS) and Tertiary Institutions in the Municipality to become future leaders.
Studies have cited poverty, early marriages, distrust and disregard for education for the girl child by communities as some of the factors hindering the progress of girl child education.
This, the Sagnarigu MCE seeks to address by identifying mentors for girls who have defied all the odds to become leaders at their various schools and also empower them to also encourage more girls to take up leadership positions in schools and the society.
Speaking to North Star news, Hon. Mariam Iddrisu lamented on the fact that many women in the country shy away from leadership positions in the society, hence her initiative to catch them young with coaching, mentoring and the provision of leadership skills to empower the young girls to compete with their male counterparts for leadership positions.
“I am passionate about women empowerment, and in demonstrating that, I have offered vocational skills training to a number of women in some communities in the assembly to economically empower them. This, I believe will trigger them to show interest in leadership positions in the country. Going forward I realized the program should be addressed from a young age hence this workshop for these female leaders in the schools in my area” Hajia Marriam explained.
She noted the experiences shared by the mentors will go a long way to emotionally prepare the mentees for bigger leadership positions who will, in turn, disseminate the information to their colleagues and in the long run minimize Child marriages if not eradicated.
The Sagnarigu MCE who is the President of the Women Caucus of the National Associaotion of Local Authorities Ghana (NALAG) disclosed the coaching and mentoring sessions will be organized quarterly to cater for more girls and however admonished fellow MMDCEs to replicate such interventions in their Assemblies to empower the girl child for leadership positions. She also advised the girl child to take her education seriously and desist from engaging in activities that will lead to teenage pregnancies, school dropouts and contracting Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs) among others.
She added a student support programme introduced by the Assembly has so far catered for the Tertiary Education fees of 80 brilliant but needy students in the Municipality with more emphasis on the girl child.
Hon. Mariam however called on Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the area of girls and women empowerment to collaborate or support with the Assembly to meet the quarterly Girls Empowerment Program.
Some of the female student leaders who spoke to North Star news expressed their appreciation to the MCE for organizing such a workshop. According to them, they have been re-energized to study hard and reach their goals in the future.
The Assistant Girls Prefect of Tamale Senior High School, Anawe Paulina said the encouragement by the MCE has made her believe that nothing is beyond their reach and they will take their studies serious to become the future leaders of Ghana. “Some of us need such people to inspire us but in the society we don’t get that, we grateful to the MCE” Miss Paulina added.
Story by Abubakari Sadiq Righteous