GIRLS DENIED ACCESS TO EDUCATION

GIRLS DENIED ACCESS TO EDUCATION

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Views: 212 Story: Ishmael A. Junourgh At Jukakale in the Nadowli-Kaleo district of the Upper West region, “girls do not attend school here; they are g...

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Story: Ishmael A. Junourgh

At Jukakale in the Nadowli-Kaleo district of the Upper West region, “girls do not attend school here; they are good shepherds of cows, sheep and goats, but boys do have access to school,” Mr. Suglo Tanye, a father of six girls answered, and went on to question: “If you invest into your girl’s education only for her to become pregnant along the way or abducted for marriage what have you gain?”

Abduction of girl-children for marriage is persistent and widespread at the area, particularly at neigbhouring Duong and Daffiama, even though the 1998 Children’s Act says xxxx

The village which comprises a settlement of three big household with extended families has being in existence for over hundred years. And for all these years of existence, no girl has ever been to school, according to Suglo, “they are either shepherds or have ever shepherd cattle, sheep or goats,” he acknowledged.

One of the girls, I5-years old Pigreiminge Tanye said “I also want to go to school, and become a doctor in future.” Her siblings too have similar dreams, but their problem is a triple one since there is no school at the community even if their parents want them to attend, and their best option is to travel some kilometers away, daily, on a farm route which will be difficult for children, particularly the flooded potions during rains, to Duong, a nearby town where they can attend school.

The Nadowli-Kaleo District Chief Executive, (DCE) Hon John Bosco Bomansaan said the community falls under the Daffiama parish of the Catholic Church but captured in the Nadowli District.

He alleged that the district girl child department of education had not brought the plight of the community to his notice, and he promised to visit the area to engage the parents, and to convince them to send the girls to school since Duong is only three kilometers away, where they could get school to attend. He was sure he together with the parents could find solution to the problem.

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