A 37 Member District Level Education Advocacy Task Force has been formed to appeal to parents, guardians, about the need to send their children back to school, using various platforms, channels and strategies. The education taskforce was formed during a workshop on Friday, January 22nd 2021. Participants were divided into groups and areas apportioned within the district namely, Prampram, Ningo, Ahwiam, Mobole, Mataheko, Nmetsokope, Mangotsonya and Afienya. The team targeted churches, schools, clinics, weighing centers, mosques, and public spaces within the various communities in the district.
The formation of the taskforce became necessary after a research reveals that most children are reluctant to go back to the classroom after schools closed for the covid-19 pandemic, while other students have fallen pregnant or have become young mothers. The Education Ministry has also come up with a program which makes it possible to receive girls who have delivered to school to continue their education in the earliest possible time. Through a program dubbed “back to school campaign, prevention of pregnancy &re-entry of young mothers”.
During the workshop, issues of safe school environment, prevention of pregnancy and re-entry of young mothers, and addressing psychological impact of covid-19 on school personnel were discussed. The District Education Director for Shai-Osudoku who also oversees Ningo-Prampram, Mrs. Elizabeth Awoonor –Williams in her opening address said she was happy about today’s important Program, she said there was the need to train the team on back to school advocacy campaign and dissemination guidelines among people to go back to school, with the right message.
She said with the current pandemic it is expected that some children will drop out if deliberate attempt is not made to encourage them return to class as school has resumed. She said the training is being done in all 16 regions, and in NiPDA, there are 37 participants who will work hard to achieve our aim. In another presentation, Mr. Nii Ayikuma Tiekuban a facilitator said statistics show that the girl child in the early years who are mostly in the JSH are unaware of sex education, so they become pregnant without knowing and hence drop out of school, he urged parents to educate their children at home on sex education, especially on the need to abstain until she or he completes school. The Programme is being led by the Education Ministry, with the support from UNICEF and Plan International Ghana.