THE St Mary’s Girls Senior High School (SHS), a private institute at Konongo, has been inaugurated with a call on parents not to see today’s girl-child as tomorrow housewife.
The acting Ashanti Regional Director of the Department of Women and Children’s Affairs, Madam Augustina Gyamfi, who made the call, said the era where the woman was consigned to the kitchen was over.
She said it was, therefore, important for today’s girl-child to be moulded to take up important roles in national development.
Madam Gyamfi said with the emerging positive image of the girl-child, there was the urgent need to empower her through quality education by building in her the needed confidence to meet challenges.
She spoke on violence against the girl-child in the name of tradition, saying that had the potential to deny her the right to education.
Madam Gyamfi recounted the achievements a number of Ghanaian women had chalked in their various fields of endeavour over the years and said those were made possible through education.
She said any system that would, therefore, put quality education on the doorstep of the girl-child was welcome.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu, said the government was determined to build on what had been achieved in the educational sector in order to give hope to the youth of today.
In doing that, he said, emphasis would be on female education, which had played second fiddle to that of their male counterparts over the years.
Mr Opoku-Manu, who is the board chairman of St Mary’s Girls SHS, urged parents to take advantage of the school and enrol their children for quality education.