World Vision Ghana, Nkwanta Cluster of the Oti region has organized a six-day Annual Girls’ Vacation Camp under the theme; “empowering the girl child for responsible living.”
In an interview with the Nkwanta Cluster Manager of World Vision, Mrs Salomey Yeboah, she said in order to end child marriage,
According to the manager, to realize their vision of ensuring that every child has a life to live in all its fullness, the campers are educated on how to abstain from sex, take care of themselves as they go through physical, emotional and psychological changes during adolescence.
They also learnt handi-craft including the making of jewellery using beads, weaving, and basketry. The campers were also taught how to make liquid soap, shower gel, banana ice-cream and different kinds of pastries.
The Girls who were camped in Nkwanta numbered two hundred and fifteen (215 ) and were selected from fifteen (15) communities in the Kadjeibi Area Programme, and twenty-four communities in the Nkwanta Area Programme; all in the Oti Region. The targeted girls are aged between 10 to 18years.
By the end of the training, according to the Project Officer for Education and Life Skills, World Vision Nkwanta, Mr Kennedy Amponsah-Cheremeh, the girls would be able to take positive decisions as they grow and would be empowered for responsible living.
Speaking with some of the girls present, they thanked World Vision for giving them the opportunity to learn new things. They, however, pleaded with World Vision to extend the vacation camp to cover all girls in the country.
They also asked that more of such training should be organized for the adolescent girls in the Municipality to protect them from pre-marital sexual activities.
Some of the girls received awards for their performances during the six days program. Trophies were presented to first, second and third place groups after a football gala. The football gala was meant to augment the agenda of ending child marriage.
It was crowned with a mini durbar and an exhibition ceremony of handi-crafts made by the girls.
The Nkwanta South Education Director, Mr Steven K. Tsuatofe and the Deputy Coordinating Director of the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly, Mr Prince Owusu Peprah were present, they advised the campers to ensure that they practice everything they were thought in its rightful manner, so that their stay for the six days will not be in vain.