ProNet North Ghana, a nongovernmental organization(NGO) has organized a two-day training program for some teachers and other selected staff of the Ghana Education Service in the Jirapa municipality of the Upper West region.
The training is to equip the 153 participants, comprising headteachers, circuit supervisors, and some selected teachers on the requisite methodologies on how to handle vulnerable out-of-school girls who, through the support of the NGO have successfully been enrolled in schools in the district.
Some 2,009 vulnerable out-of-school girls in the Jirapa municipality, Nadowli-Kaleo, and Daffiama-Busie-Issa districts have transitioned into the mainstream school system after going through the “Strategic Approaches to Girls Education(STAGE)” accelerated learning program which is implemented by ProNet North with support from the world education and it’s partners.
The five-year project is funded by DFID. The project manager of the STAGE project, Samuel Lanidune, speaking at the training program in Jirapa charged the participants to adopt innovative ways that will motivate the vulnerable girls who are aged between 10 and 14 to continue to remain in school and learn.
“As teachers, it is important for you and all other stakeholders in the formal learning process to apply the methodologies learned here and possibly create other innovative learning approaches that will motivate these young girls to remain in school”.
The project manager disclosed that 300 of the transitioned girls who travel more than the permissible 5km distance to access school have been provided with bicycles, sandals, school bags, and other learning materials to enhance their learning.
He urged parents in the region to take a keen interest in the education of their girls.
The Jirapa Municipal director of education, John Baptist Kulah lauded ProNet North Ghana and their partners for implementing the STAGE project in the area.
He said the project has increased girls’ enrollment in schools in the municipality and charged the participants to endeavor to implement what they learned at the training in their various schools.